The Monastery Trust and Community

Following a decade of campaigning Gorton Monastery has been saved from ruin. A total of £6.5 million was raised through generous public donations and major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The North West Development Agency, The Architectural Heritage Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

The former church and friary, once listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of the top 100 endangered sites in the world, have now been lovingly restored to create a stunning weddings, banqueting and special events space, an outstanding conference and meeting facility and a cultural and community venue.

The buildings are still owned by the same charity that began the campaign to save them in 1996, The Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust, and are operated on a day to day basis by its wholly owned trading company, The Monastery Manchester Ltd. This ensures that all proceeds from events held here are donated to the Trust and used to support the ongoing maintenance and conservation of this precious heritage site and into the wide range of education, skills, arts and health projects run by the Trust in the community.

By using the unique and inspiring spaces here at the Monastery you can really help us to make a difference.


We are open to the public most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm. Refreshments are available in the Friars Pantry and there is free on-site parking. 

Tours, Concerts and Special Events take place every week, please see our What’s On section.

Alternatively please contact the Sales Team by email or phone 0161 223 3211 for tour availability and details.