As one of the UK's largest cities, many huge conventions and meetings come to Manchester to host their events, often calling at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. With it's central location, the complex is easily reached by all major train stations as well as the city centre and Piccadilly Gardens.
The building itself is a conversion of Manchester's central railway station. The station opened in 1880 and served as a terminus for the express trains from London St. Pancras. In the 1930s, the rail station was at it's peak in terms of busyness with over 400 trains passing through everyday. What made the station famous however was its distinctive arched roof, spanning a huge 64-metres, making it the second largest railway roof span in the UK.
After the station first got converted to the Covention Centre we see today, it began to host a huge variety of gigs in the centre city. It acted as the only major venue within Manchester, and would have the likes of The Cure, Metallica, The Verve and more play its stage. However, after the Manchester Arena was built in 1995, Manchester Central took a step away from big concerts and gigs and started to host conventions.
Today, the Convention Complex boasts several large rooms useful for a variety of events and meetings. Comic Cons, beauty conventions, The X-Factor, Ninja Warrior UK and more all utilise the Convention Complex regularly to host events in the city centre.