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 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.

How To Find Us? Please go to the bottom of our Whats On listings

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 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 9th August

Also, we have ticketed concerts scheduled for:
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 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



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.

Pre-booking over phone (0161) 223 3211 or via this webpage is £20 and includes a light lunch (usually vegetarian soup and a roll). Admission on the day will not include this lunch offer. Sessions are at 12:00pm and 2:30pm.

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

Remaining dates for for 2015:

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

£20 admission


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


An Evening With Terry Waite

Come along and share an evening in conversation with Terry Waite CBE about contemporary events, captivity, hostage negotiation, humour and his new comic novel.

Afterwards Terry will be signing copies of ‘The Voyage of the Golden Handshake’.

Doors open 6pm, cash bar & refreshments available.

Tickets now on sale via


FRI 4 SEP 2015



Shirley Ghostman

Psychic superstar Shirley Ghostman will be demonstrating his paranormal gift LIVE here at the Monastery Manchester for the very first time this October.

Tickets go on sale Friday 10th July at 9am - /  

Warning – the first two rows may fall in the ectoplasm splash zone

FRI 23 OCT 2015


Chris Assaad Performance

Chris Assaad and Alison Knox invite you to join them for a mini concert as they venture together into the light, through song and angels.  

Chris is a gifted 'Heartist' musician and songwriter, working and living in the USA and Alison is well know to The Monastery for her divinely inspired artworks of EVeRYDaY ANGeLS.  

Together, they share an incredible story of connection and creation,crossing oceans,time and space. Chris will perform for the first time ever in the UK at Gorton Monastery, in the company of Angels. 


SUN 22 NOV 2015

12:00 - 4:00pm

G4 Christmas By Candlelight

Sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 embark on a "Christmas By Candlelight" UK tour this festive season.

With a series of eight shows in beautiful churches and cathedrals nationwide, these intimate shows see Jonathan, Ben, Mike and Nick share the songs from their eagerly-awaited new album, "G4 Christmas" including Christmas classics and carols, all delivered up-close and personal in some of the UK's most iconic historic venues.

"G4 Christmas” will be released on 16th November. Pre-order your copy now:

Come and let G4's unique sound transport you into the festive spirit in a way you won't have imagined possible. Make this Christmas a “G4 Christmas”!

Click More Details for information about how to book.


MON 23 NOV 2015


£22.50 - £75


The Manchester Messiah

Local Singers Come and Sing!!  Come and Listen!!

Join us 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!!

This year we have the World Festival Choir from Norway and the Carlow Choral Society from Ireland joining us.  It really will be a BIG Sing!!

Please click More Details for further information and how to book.


SUN 29 NOV 2015

10:30 - 4.00

Tickets £12 p/p for singers and audience

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

Belle Vue Christmas Dinner Dance

A Night of Nostalgia with the Belle Vue Christmas Dinner Dance at the Monastery.

Put on your dancing shoes and posh frocks as we remember the magic and memories of the Kings Hall and Belle Vue in its heyday. 

  • Traditional 3 Course Christmas Meal
  • Dancing and Cash Bar
  • Mini Belle Vue Exhibition and theming kindly donated by Manchester Histories Festival

Please call (0161) 223 3211 (usual office hours Mon-Fri) to book your places now!

Please note this date has been changed from Tuesday 1st December.

WEDS 2 DEC 2015

7pm til midnight


Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Concert

With carols

Conducted by Juan Ortuño, 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.

Tickets are available from the Monastery (0161) 223 3211 during usual office hours or please contact:

Sarah Gale, Membership Support Officer, Greater Manchester County

Direct:  0333 011 4312

SUN 13 DEC 2015

7:00pm (doors open 6.30)


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

How To Find Us

The Monastery Manchester Ltd, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF

Tel: 0161 223 3211

Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 5.30pm

Free on-site parking

The Monastery is connected by local bus services to Manchester City Centre, The Trafford Centre, Pottery Lane, Dane Bank, Denton, Hyde and Gee Cross via the 53, 54, 205, 206 and 207 bus routes. For timetables please go the Greater Manchester Transport's website and search the bus timetable library

For directions to the Monastery from your own location please click on the link here.