The Portico Library, M2 3HY
0161 236 6785 | www.theportico.org.uk
The Portico Library is a striking Grade II* listed building designed in a Neoclassical Greek revival style. The venue is one of the few surviving Georgian buildings in central Manchester still serving its original purpose. Inside the impressive and enchanting rooms is more than 200 years of history and culture, with a spectacular painted glass dome ceiling surrounded by original Regency-period floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The gallery space features a working wind dial, mural portraits of Milton and Shakespeare and a clock face created by the Big Ben clockmakers. The venue’s façade features impressive original Greek-style columns and classical stone steps.
Celebrate in style
Intimate weddings of up to 30 guests take place in the historic Reading Room, followed by a drinks reception under the painted glass dome ceiling with up to 50 loved ones.
Due to limited kitchen facilities, the venue cannot host receptions but it’s perfect for gorgeous ceremonies.
The property contains a unique book collection spanning 450 years, including first editions of works by Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and Thomas Hardy.