Manchester Area Code 0161

Manchester Area Code: 0161

Manchester is the third largest city in the UK and the beating heart of the industrial revolution. Manchester was a relatively small town until the 19th century when it started expanding at an alarming rate. The expansion was brought on by a rise in cotton manufacturing. The vast mills around the city would attract workers from all around, the majority of whom would live in the nearby slums. The sight of workers flocking into the mills was likened to that of workers bees returning to the hive, which is where the city got its iconic emblem.

Nowadays, Manchester is a hub for business, culture, media and sports. It’s the home of the BBC, ITV, two football teams, countless music venues and art galleries. Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh and it is also a popular destination for students, with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University both popular choices.

What is the Manchester area code?

The area code for Manchester and the surrounding areas is 0161. This is a standard four-digit area code followed by a seven-digit local number. All businesses and landlines in Manchester use the same area code.

Locations using the Manchester area code

The following locations in the Manchester area all use the 0161 area code.

Altrincham Failsworth Radcliffe
Ardwick Gatley Ringway
Ashton under Lyne Heaton Moor Rusholme
Blackfriars Hulme Hall Sale
Bramhall Hyde Stalybridge
Broughton Irlam Stepping Hill
Bury Longford Stockport
Cheetham Hill Manchester Stretford
Chorlton cum Hardy Marple Swinton
Collyhurst Middleton Trafford
Denton Moss Side Urmston
Didsbury Oldham Walkden
Droylsden Partington Whitefield
Dukinfield Pendleton Woodley
Eccles Prestwich Wythenshawe

If you receive a call from a 0161 number, it is possible that the caller is based in Manchester. However, with modern technology it is possible to give the impression of being in an area without having any physical ties to the place. This can be achieved using virtual office services and call forwarding.

How much does it cost to call the 0161 area code?

The 0161 area code is a standard geographical landline number. This means it will be charged at the same rate as any other 01, 02 or 03 phone number. You will be charged a connection fee following by a duration fee, which means the longer the call, the more expensive it will be. Many phone providers include free minutes to landlines, or free calls to landlines at set times such as evenings and weekends. This is the same for mobile phone providers and landline providers.

Can I call the 0161 area code from outside the UK?

Yes, many 0161 phone numbers will accept calls from outside the UK. In order to connect to the Manchester postal code, you will need to adjust the phone number to include the international dialling code for the UK, which is +44. You also need to omit the first zero from the area code. So, to call the Manchester phone number 0161 1234567 you will need to dial +44 161 1234567.

Do I need to dial the Manchester area code for local calls?

Not always. If you are on a mobile phone, you will need to dial the area code no matter where you are based. If you’re using a business or home landline outside of Manchester, you will need to use the area code. If you are using a business or home landline in the Manchester area, you can skip the four-digit area code and just dial the seven-digit local phone number.

Popular numbers using the 0161 area code

The following are some of the most popular attractions in Manchester which use the 0161 dialing code

Manchester Art Gallery – 0161 235 8888

Museum of Science and Industry – 0161 832 2244

Royal Exchange Theatre – 0161 833 9833