Rohan Manchester Outdoor and Travel Clothing

Welcome to Rohan Manchester from Manager Liz, Jazz, Will, Steve, Jack and Liam.

Shop Address: Unit 4 Acresfield, 8-10 Exchange Street, Barton Square (Off St Ann’s Square), Manchester, M2 7HA

Shop Phone Number: 0161 832 6272

Shop Opening Times:

Monday 09:30-17:30
Tuesday 09:30-17:30
Wednesday 09:30-14:00
Thursday 09:00-18:00
Friday 09:30-17:30
Saturday 09:30-17:30
Sunday 11:00-17:00

Directions to our shop – From Piccadilly Train Station – exit the station onto Piccadilly Approach, walk all the way down through Piccadilly Gardens, continue straight on down Market Street until you get to Marks & Spencers, then turn left at New Cathedral Street on to St Ann’s Square and take the first right down the side of HSBC. We are located just before Barton Arcade.
From Victoria Train Station – Exit through the main entrance leading to Corporation Street, turn right and head for the Manchester Eye (big wheel) in Exchange Square. Turn right behind Selfridges onto New Cathedral Street, walk straight down across the junction on to St Ann’s Square and turn right at HSBC to find our store located just before Barton Arcade.

Parking – Multi-story parking is located at the MEN Arena, the Great Northern Warehouse on Deansgate, beneath Manchester Central (formerly GMEX), Spinningfields and the Piccadilly and Oxford road areas. Most streets have on-street parking, which are guarded by parking meters. There is also a smattering of surface carparks in the city, the closest to Rohan (and biggest) is located next to the MEN Arena at the former Boddington’s Brewery.

Buildings to see  – Manchester Town Hall. Completed in 1877 by architect Alfred Waterhouse. one of the most stunning pieces of Neo-Gothic Victorian civic buildings in Britain. Completed for a then astounding £750,000, this building is a fine representation of the pomp, grace yet sheer tastelessness of yesteryear’s City leaders. If you have the chance, we recommend you take a tour of the building’s interior as it is the inside of a building where Waterhouse’s design skills truly excelled.

You may also want to check out the John Rylands Library on Deansgate. Another brilliant piece of Neo-Gothic architecture, the Rylands is widely regarded as the gem in Manchester’s architectural crown. Built by John Rylands’ wife as homage to her husband’s sterling municipal work for Manchester, the building still stands today (recently renovated with much love) and is open to the general public. Again, another building where an internal tour will pay dividends.

If you’re looking for something a bit more modernist, then check out the Urbis at Cathedral Gardens, just next to The Triangle and Arndale shopping centres and next to the Printworks entertainment complex. Shaped like a glass ship, the way this building interacts with its surroundings and its sweeping forms seemingly melting seamlessly into its environment shows just how much Manchester has regenerated itself with scope for the idea of sustainable regeneration as well as respectfully combining the new with the old. Urbis is currently undergoing a revamp which will eventually lead to the building becoming the home of the National Football Museum.

The architects of Urbis were Ian Simpson Architects, who are also responsible for the first 150m+ skyscraper outside of London; the Hilton Tower. This brilliant glass tower is located on the bottom end of Deansgate, and can be seen for miles around. If you have time, take a trip to the 23rd floor Skybar for a drink and food and admire the beautiful views stretching from the Pennines to Liverpool and on a wonderfully clear day, even Snowdonia.

If none of this takes your fancy, have a wander over to Spinningfields, a new business district located just next to Granada Studios in Manchester City Centre. You can shop, eat or drink, all whilst sitting by the River Irwell, Manchester’s boundary to Salford. In Spinningfields is probably Manchester’s quirkiest new building; the Civil Justice Centre. This is a civil law court designed by Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall and is one of very few forays into the British architectural landscape. 80m tall and shaped like an open filing cabinet, it really is a stunning building which is worth a visit.

If you just want to see some of our wonderful Victorian/Edwardian architecture, then you may wish to have a stroll all over town. From areas like Spring Gardens with the stunning yet petite former Reform Building, to the old warehouse canyons of Whitworth Street, or even to the former slum areas of the Northern Quarter or the industrial splendour of high steel bridges and canals in Castlefield, you will not fail to find something to whet your architectural/engineering appetite.

If you would like to see more of Manchester’s architectural heritage, you should visit the Cube Gallery on Portland Street. Backed by Government agency CABE, Cube is a gallery dedicated to new and old architecture and the impact it has on our lives.

Staff Recommendations – Starbucks and Café Nero are both within 30 seconds walking distance from our store. Deansgate though, has a multitude of various pubs, bars & restaurants, basically anything to suit any individuals taste. Being that we are located right in the heart of Manchester, we have anything and everything you could need from a busy metropolis and all literally on our doorstep. Two recommendations would be the Northern Quarter for drinks, food and a creative bohemian buzz and also the Cornerhouse, which is a cinema/bar/art gallery on the corner of Oxford Road and Whitworth Street, just across the road from the Palace theatre.

Local Knowledge – In Manchester City Centre, you can visit many tourist attractions. There are plenty of museums, art galleries, theatres, music venues; in fact there is pretty much anything you can think of in our fine City. We have Manchester Art Gallery located on Mosley Street, the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road as well as the Lowry at Salford Quays.
The Lowry is home to Lowry Theatre Group and is frequently host to some of the top travelling shows. There is also the Royal Exchange Theatre, a beautiful theatre located just across the street from our store. Other theatres in Manchester City Centre are the Palace Theatre on Oxford Road and the Opera House which is on Quay Street, leaving just the Contact Theatre (a university run theatre group) located at Manchester University on Oxford Road.

We also have museums, our biggest being the Museum of Manchester which is located on Oxford Road in the University District. If you’re interested in Manchester’s industrial heritage, you may want to take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Road, just off Deansgate and Castlefield, about 10 minutes walk from our store.

There are many other attractions here in Manchester, most famous will probably be our two football stadiums, Old Trafford for Manchester United and the City Of Manchester Stadium which is the home of Manchester City. Both resplendent in their own architectural right and well worth a visit if you want to get to the heart of this football mad city. We also have several music venues dotted throughout the City, from the very large MEN Arena down to the cosily intimate small bars around the Northern Quarter.

If you can’t find something you want in Manchester, then basically, it doesn’t exist.


  1. Rohan Manchester says:

    After reading this great article by Warren McLaren, I decided to give my 2 pence on modern performance clothing for the urban environment.

    Acronym and Outlier are really pushing the boundaries of modern garments design for the inner city, while Outlier go under the radar in Europe Acronym is growing a massive cult following, particularly in media savvy Berlin. Rohan’s Transit and District jackets are perfect for the urban environment, with advanced fabrics specifically cut and styled for city.

    Another company blending outdoor performance fabrics with modern day urban aesthetics is Eiichiro Homma’s Nanamica. He’s also the brain behind The North Face’s notorious PURPLE LABEL.


    That was a great read on the Rohan Classico Warren, thank you. I thought I’d break down my favourite current urban product we do, the Rohan Transit jacket:

    I’ve been wearing our Transit jacket for near enough 6 months now in the Carbon colour way. I can honestly say its one of the best jackets I’ve ever owned. Smart enough to throw over a shirt and suit trousers, casual enough to wear the pub with a t shirt and jeans. I’ve been caught in some pretty awful weather (haven’t we all in central Manchester) and its kept off the worst of it due to the DWR treatment. The thin layer of insuloft adds a good amount of warmth to the jacket, the past month or so I’ve worn it alone with a t shirt and been a comfortable temperature throughout. One of my favourite things about the jacket is I can wash it in the sink (being a student I’m not paying £4 for a quick wash cycle) and by morning it will be clean and dry. The Transit Jacket has earned its place, and rightfully so in my minimalistic bag for summer inter-railing.

    I’m ticking this off as a lightweight, must have to the avid urban traveller.

    Happy Father’s Day


    • Peter Clinch says:

      I’d not come across Acronym or Outlier… quick Google. Blimey, the boundaries they seem to be pushing are prices :-O

      • They are indeed pricey, the cost of Swiss/German laser manufacture I guess.

        • Peter Clinch says:

          One of these cases where that may be part of it, but a lot of it will not be so much the production cost as what people are willing to pay for what boils down to rather notional advantages.
          For example, looking at my first Google hit, the Acronym J47-GT 3L, beyond saying “my Goretex coat was cut by Swiss lasers!”, what do you actually *get* for your £678 that you can’t get for a much lower price from someone using back-to-the-ark fabric scissors (but still meeting Gore’s pretty rigorous QA standards)? I’m told “it features a detachable Acronym Sound magnetic strip, designed to hold in place a variety of in-ear headphones, a removable Jacket Sling system allowing the wearer to safely throw off the jacket at any time, held in place by the elasticated sling inside the jacket”, which doesn’t sound like much for that sort of money. I don’t recall occasions where I have “unsafely thrown off a jacket” from lacking such features…

          People like Bling for the sake of Bling, and I have my own ludicrous double standards there too (particularly involving bicycles, for example), but do I get a genuinely functionally better garment for that money, or am I buying it just because I can? For example, there are good reasons why a Bugatti Veyron uses cutting edge engineering, but they tend to apply more at 200 mph than 50. If I’m only doing 50 at any time, is it any help, or am I just saying, “look at me, I’ve got a Veyron!”

  2. Rohan Manchester says:

    Summer Essentials are here!

    Morning everyone, how beautiful does Manchester look in the summer sun?! Let’s hope it sticks with us!
    We’ve got some brilliant offers in store for you all, with 20% off our summer essentials, including our incredible Aura shirt at £44 which weighs 110g, our lightest shirt to date. And for all the ladies we have the gorgeous Malay top coming in at £39.20, made from our LinenPlus, and with it’s gorgeous V-neck at the front, it’s truly a perfect summer piece suitable for all occasions.

    Offer ends on the 5th of June. Check out the rest of our offers online here:

    We have a large range in store, but as ever, if you see anything you like, feel free to call us before hand to check if we have the correct sizes in store! We can order anything into store free of charge, so it’s ready for your arrival for you to have a good try on.
    Our store number is 0161 832 6272

    Have a great day, make the most of this glorious weather and pop in to grab these brilliant summer essentials!
    Jazz @ Manchester

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