People and communities The Glade Of Light Memorial

The Glade of Light - currently under construction - is a memorial commemorating the 22 May 2017 terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. 

It honours the 22 people whose lives were taken, as well as remembering everyone who was left injured or affected. 

Artists impression of Glade of Light memorial, aerial view with trees and a circular monument in the middle.


The Glade of Light is designed to be a living memorial, a tranquil garden space for remembrance and reflection. Its peaceful surroundings are also intended as the setting for commemorative events in the city relating to the attack. 

Artists impression of Glade of Light memorial with circular monument and view of cathedral behind.


Design elements 

A white marble ‘halo’ ring will stand at the heart of the memorial. The names of those who lost their lives will be set in bronze upon it. Personalised memory capsules, filled with memories and mementoes of them provided by loved ones, will be embedded within the stone. 

The memorial features a planting scheme designed to reflect the changing seasons while providing colour and maximising light all year round. It uses only plants which grow naturally in the UK countryside. 

Families who lost loved ones have been kept informed and consulted at key moments during the design and construction process, including the appointment of designers BCA Landscape and Smiling Wolf. 


The Glade of Light is within Manchester’s Medieval Quarter and was designed to complement its wider regeneration. It is located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street. 

It is due to be completed in winter 2021.

Map of the site

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