The Monastery

The intriguing story of Gorton Monastery

Why on earth would you build a parish Church of Cathedral like proportions to meet the needs of just 300 Catholics? Follow in the Franciscan footsteps for 800 years from Assisi to Manchester. Discover the architectural secrets of E.W. Pugin and the 'sacred geometry' and codes he left.

Learn about the rise, decline and fall of the Monastery and its magnificent restoration. Above all, get a unique and fascinating insight in to the life and works of those extraordinary Friars who created a masterpiece of worldwide architectural and religious significance.

Our fascinating tour packages are a perfect and memorable way of celebrating business visits, special dates and milestones, family occasions, birthdays and anniversaries. 

The specific themes and topics for each tour are listed in our What's On section.

Elaine Griffiths MBE

Chief Executive and Co-founder of the Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust.

Ed Glinert

Founder of City Life, former staff writer for Private Eye and one-time production editor of the rock ‘n’ roll magazine Mojo, Ed is also a celebrated author whose recent Manchester Compendium was described by the Independent newspaper as a ‘superb work of in-depth research and dry Northern wit’. This irked Ed a little for he hails from London, Dalston no less, though he has lived in Manchester for 33 years. Ed devised the New Manchester Walks titles and descriptions and brings his unique style and historical knowledge to his story of Gorton Monastery.

Please contact the Sales Team by email or phone 0161 223 3211 for Tour availability and details. Our office hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

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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.

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

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