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The Manchester 0161 Area Code (Manchester Dialling Code)

The 0161 area code is a 3 digit geographical dialling code (excluding the zero) used in telecommunications for the Manchester area.

The local telephone numbers within the 0161 are 7 digits long.

The correct format in which to write a telephone number from the Manchester area code is (0161) xxx xxxx.

Where is the 0161 Area Code?

The Manchester 0161 dialling code intersects the counties of Bolton, Bury, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Leigh and Wirral in the North West Region of the UK.

When do I need to use the 0161 Manchester dialling code?

You will need to use a dialling code if you are calling from a mobile phone or a landline outside of the 0161 Manchester dialling code area. If you are calling a local number within the same area code with a landline telephone you do not need to use the 0161 dialling code.

Phoning the 0161 Dialling Code from Outside of the UK

If you are calling from outside of the UK. You will need to add the code for dialling internationally. This varies country to country, followed by the UK country code (44) followed by the area code without the initial zero (161).

RegionInternational PrefixCountry CodeArea Code
United States and Canada01144161
Europe0044161
Australia001144161

Origins of the 0161 Manchester Area Code

Before the 16th April 1995 known as PhONEday which changed telephone area codes by inserting a 1 at the beginning. The area code was 061.

the historic mnemonic code for the 0161 area was M1. The first character is taken from the letter M in Manchester. On an old rotary dial telephone this was entered by dialling the numbers 6 and 1.

picture showing an old rotary dial for the 0161 Manchester area code
An old rotary dial for the 0161 Manchester area code.

Map of the 0161 Manchester dialling Code Area

The shaded area on the map represent the estimated extent of the 0161 Manchester phone area code.

The blue icons on the map represent the locations of telephone exchanges serving the 0161 area. Click on an icon for more details

Map of the 0161 Manchester area code
Map of the 0161 Manchester area code and surrounding areas

Towns and Villages within the Manchester 0161-Manchester dialling Code

Altrincham
Ashton-under-Lyne
Bolton
Bramhall
Bury
Chadderton
Cheadle
Cheadle Hulme
Denton
Droylsden
Dukinfield
Eccles
Failsworth
Gatley
Hale (Trafford)
Hattersley
Hazel Grove
Heywood
Hollinfare
Hyde (Tameside)
Irlam
Lees
Liverpool
Manchester
Marple
Middleton (Rochdale)
Northwich
Oldham
Partington
Radcliffe
Rhodes
Romiley
Royton
Sale
Salford
Shaw (Oldham)
Stalybridge
Stockport
Stretford
Swinton
Uppermill
Urmston
Walkden
Whitefield
Wilmslow
Worsley

Known Telephone Exchanges within the Manchester 0161-Manchester dialling Code

Bury (MRBUR) Bury
Central (MRCEN) Manchester
Manchester East (MREAS) Manchester
Ardwick (MRARD) Manchester
Rusholme (MRRUS) Manchester
Moss Side (MRMOS) Manchester
Trafford (MRTRA) Trafford
Didsbury (MRDID) Manchester
Chorlton (MRCHO) Manchester
Wythenshawe (MRWYT) Manchester
Middleton (MRMID) Rochdale
Prestwich (MRPRE) Bury
Radcliffe (MRRAD) Bury
Swinton (MRSWI) Salford
Walkden (MRWAL) Salford
Blackfriars (MRBLA) Salford
Eccles (MRECC) Salford
Longford (MRLON) Trafford
Sale (MRSAL) Trafford
Denton (MRDEN) Tameside
Failsworth (MRFAI) Oldham
Collyhurst (MRCOL) Manchester
Urmston (MRURM) Trafford
Droylsden (MRDRO) Tameside
Irlam (MRIRL) Salford
Whitefield (MRWHI) Bury
Broughton (MRBRO) Manchester
Cheetham Hill (MRCHE) Manchester
Oldham (MROLD) Oldham
Ashton (MRASH) Tameside
Stalybridge (MRSTA) Tameside
Stepping Hill (MRSTE) Stockport
Stockport (MRSTO) Stockport
Heaton Moor (MRHEA) Stockport
Woodley (MRWOO) Stockport
Marple (MRMAR) Stockport
Gatley (MRGAT) Stockport
Mercury (MRMER) Manchester
Hulme Hall (MRHUL) Stockport
Altrincham (MRALT) Trafford
Ringway (MRRIN) Trafford