Antwerp Mansion was built in 1840 as a private home as part of the Victoria Park estate, the world’s first gated community for the new super-rich industrialists of the Victorian age. It was built in a very early version of the Gothic style which became very popular with the Victorians in later years. For 82 years it remained the residence of a single family until at one time it appears to have been the home of the Belgian Consul. There are rumours that the building is haunted, with staff experiencing strange noises or a feeling of being watched.
In 1922 the building was massively extended with a ballroom and snooker hall and became a private members club for the elite gentlemen of the area. For many years it was one of the most important clubs in Manchester and Winston Churchill visited on at least one occasion.
In 2009 Antwerp Mansion had a new lease of life. It became a home for much of the new musical and artistic talent of Manchester, eventually becoming one of Manchester’s most notorious rave venues.
All our rooms have working electrical sockets and standard lighting and there is heating in the main parts of the building.
We can also provide some photography lights or coloured lighting that can be placed where needed and there is club lighting with moving lights and strobes available in the gig room. We also have various props available on request.
We have emergency lighting throughout the building, and the ability to turn this off if necessary.
Our onsite secure car park can accommodate up to 17 cars, providing people don’t mind getting blocked in.
We also have small kitchen facilities available on the upper floor with tea and coffee facilities, microwave and fridge.
We also have male and female toilets; and shower facilities are available on request.
We provide an inspiring, flexible and cost-effective location. Our grounds, rooms and halls have been the backdrop for a number of major television series, fashion shows, music videos, live broadcasts and photography shoots.
The building is constantly changing, and we will fully support most creative decisions. Our clients are encouraged to redecorate and adapt their environment to better suit their vision. We know this presents a host of creative opportunities that are rare for such a historic setting.
We offer discounts and opportunities for students and education organisations. We have experience hosting exhibitions, workshops and social events with Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. We even offer opportunities for student led projects with small budgets to subsidize or pay off their invoices by working and sharing their skills with us.
Please get in touch for more information.
A driveway leads into a large open area. This spans round the front and left hand side of the building providing wide open shots of the house set against a border of trees. This space is also suitable for creating urban and rural scenes.
A large, dark, wooden floored room. A large stack of speakers loom over the room from the sides of a stage with ornate legs. The space is punctuated by pianos, keyboards and vintage benches and fueled by a well stocked bar.
A cosy lounge close to the main entrance. There is a wooden bar with access to the basement and gig venue and vintage benches line the sides. Tea room tables and chairs are available.
A spacious early 20th century ballroom. The high, arched ceiling produces gorgeous acoustics and tall windows make the room light and airy.
A tall east facing window throws light across a large meeting table. The walls are adorned with conservative memorabilia: sporting trophies, portraits of politicians and wartime paintings. A fireplace gives the room a homely feel and the flag laid against the window transforms it into a war room.
A wide, bright landing which leads to the ball room and is surrounded by a wood and iron banister.
This is the room that greets our music venue guests. Here you can find a fireplace, a piano and doors that lead through to the main hallway and gig room. Scenes from television series have been shot here and with easy access to the outside it makes an excellent greenroom.
A wide hallway which curves around a beautiful gothic staircase. The original wooden handrail leads to the first floor lit from the skylight above.
There are many other spaces in Antwerp Mansion including large toilet facilities and kitchens that may be currently in use as storage or in the process of construction. Please get in touch for more information.
The small covered entrance to the rest of the building. This space provides very interesting acoustics as well as a great camera position for scenes set in the hallway.