Skip to main content

We will be closed on Friday 1 March to allow for planned electrical work. This is part of ongoing repairs and improvements to our historic site. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience this causes.
The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is open daily. Book your free tickets now.
Schools and groups can book tickets here.

The first railways

In 1830, Manchester became the international symbol of a new age. A revolutionary railroad triggered a transformation in trade, travel, technology and time.

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world's first steam powered, inter-urban railway designed to transport both passengers and goods. Its Manchester terminus was Liverpool Road Station, now home to the Science and Industry Museum. For almost 150 years, goods of every description poured in and out of Liverpool Road.

Explore the stories behind the museum’s historic site and discover its globally significant collection of railway buildings.