Whats On At The Monastery

We are open to the public most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm unless a special event is taking place. We are also open on the 3rd Monday of every month (except May and December 2015) Refreshments are available in the Friars Pantry and there is free on-site parking.

For all enquiries contact the Sales Team by phone 0161 223 3211 or email Our office hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

Open Days

See the heritage restoration of the former church and friary. Soak up the atmosphere of Pugin’s architectural masterpiece. Walk the cloisters and enjoy the friary gardens. Delicious refreshments, home baked cakes and cream teas available all afternoon in the Friars Pantry. Enjoy family activities, inspirational talks and concerts. Everyone Welcome.

We are also open on the 3rd Monday of each month (except May and December) 12-4pm - please see dates on page below.

The Monastery is CLOSED on all Bank Holiday Mondays in 2015.

Sorry, we will be closed on the following dates for Private Events:
Sunday 24th May 
Sunday 7th June
Sunday 26th July

Also, we have ticketed concerts scheduled for:
Sunday 21st June
Sunday 12th July

Sunday 29th November
Sunday 13th December
when the buildings will only be open to ticket-holders - please see the separate listings below for details about how to buy them.

Most Sundays and some Mondays *see exceptions

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

Monastery Mondays

We are open to the public with FREE admission from 12-4pm, on the 3rd Monday of each month (except in May and December 2015).

Monday 15th June
Monday 20th July
Monday 17th August
Monday 21st September
Monday 19th October
Monday 16th November

There will also be a talk, The Monastery Story, from 2-3pm, admission £7.50 per person (please see page below for more details and a link to book online).

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

Monastery Artfotos

An exhibition of work by our own photographer, Graham North.

Graham North has been photographing The Monastery for over ten years, documenting its journey from dereliction through restoration and many of the stylish events held in these magnificent buildings. He photographed the Return of The Saints in 2011-12 and has witnessed many of the captivating natural light effects that occur here.

Back by popular demand, this latest collection, Monastery Artfotos, focuses on some unusual images and angles taken in and around the Monastery. He will also be showing some of his images from the Tricks Of The Light exhibition, which was so well recieved when it was displayed last year.

Graham's work will be on display on our Free Open Sundays, 12-4pm, and Monastery Mondays. Please check information above for closures and paid-for events when the exhibition will not be out.

Open Days

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome


Monastery Tour and Talk

During one of our regular Open Days, discover the secrets of Manchester's Taj Mahal in a presentation with words and images. Presented by Elaine Griffiths or Clare Mount.

Sundays & Mondays



St Georges Singers

The Dream of Gerontius

St George’s Singers is one of the most highly regarded large choirs in the North West with a reputation for versatility, enterprise and choral excellence.


SUN 21 JUN 2015


£17 adults, £15 concessions, £5 children/students

atOne at the Monastery

One Sunday a month dedicated to the Spirit of Life. Inspirational speakers, music and dance workshops, healing, massage, meditation and walking the labyrinth, on the first Sunday of each month.

All sessions are paid for on the door, £7.50 per session or both sessions booked together at £10.00. Sessions are at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

We're sorry but the day scheduled for 7 June has had to be cancelled as the Monastery will be closed for a private event. Our next atOne Sunday is 5 July.

Speakers and details for 2015 are listed in our atOne at The Monastery page - click here.

Remaining dates for for 2015:

5th July, 2nd Aug, 6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov and 6th Dec.

There are also spiritual talks and workshops on most Sundays, organised via our Meet-up group, The Spirit of Life, at Click here to go to our atOne page for more details.

First Sunday of each month

12:00 - 4:00

£7.50 per session

Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra

Summer Proms Concert

conducted by Juan Ortuno
Programme to include Enigma Variations, English Folk Song Suite, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Fantasia on Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

Tickets £12 per person, accompanied children FREE, from Gorton Philharmonic on 0161 483 1699 or send SAE to 117 Woodsmoor Lane, Davenport, Stockport SK3 8TJ (cheques payable to Gorton Philharmonic Society) also online from, and from the Monastery. Also available on the door.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: 2 tickets for just £20, available until 31st May 2015.

SUN 12 JUL 2015




Manchester History with Ed Glinert

Ed Glinert, Manchester Historian and founder of City Life magazine and Manchester Walks, presents a series of Talks based at the Monastery.


Various Sundays

12 Noon - 1pm



BSSK Mind, Body & Spirit

BSSK will be using a new North West venue for its Mind Body Spirit Weekends in April and October 2015. This is because of the restoration and development work that will start here at the Monastery later this year. We wish the team every success in Chester, and look forward to continuing our working relationship with them in the future.

For more information about the Chester venue and dates, visit the BSSK web site

2015 News


The Manchester Messiah

- Singing in the City

Join us for the “BIG SING”
Come and Sing! Come and Listen!

Join us, along with amateur choirs and individual singers from around the country and overseas for a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the splendour of The Monastery, Gorton, on Sunday 29th November 2015.  Join us for a BIG Sing!!


SUN 29 NOV 2015

10:30 - 4.00

Tickets £15 p/p for singers and audience (£7 concs)

Christmas Events

The Monastery is available for exclusive private party hire in the run-up to Christmas. We also have a number of scheduled events, including joiner parties for smaller groups, an 80s themed paty night, Christmas lunches with talks, concerts and a fabulous New Year's Eve Gala Ball.

Please click here Christmas 2015 for more details about individual events. You can also contact our sales team to discuss your specific requirements, or call 0161 223 3211.

December 2015

Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Concert

With carols

Conducted by Juan Ortuno, a festive afternoon concert of music and carols. Mulled wine, mince pies and festive refreshments will be available.


SUN 13 DEC 2015



Royal British Legion Concert

For the third year running the Royal British Legion invite you to welcome in the Christmas season with music from The Band of the Kings Division (brass band). Performances on the night will be from the Wright Robinson College (Gorton) School Choir who return for their third year running, plus special guest singer Iona Fisher. New to this event, Iona is a classically-trained mezzo soprano with a beautifully, unique voice. A long standing supporter of the Legion, she was trained locally at the Royal Northern College of Music. Iona regularly performs all around the UK and has performed several times in both France and Germany. Notable performances include Proms In the Park at Hyde Park and Armistice Day celebrations in France.

For tickets please contact:

Sarah Gale, Membership Support Officer, Greater Manchester County

Direct:  0333 011 4312

SUN 13 DEC 2015

The Christmas Story

Open to the public from 12 - 4pm.
2pm - A one hour family celebration of the Story of Christmas with Carol Singing and a real donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary.

Festive Refreshments available in the Friars Pantry Cafe
Free Entry – Everyone Welcome 

SUN 20 DEC 2015

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome