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 Sunday 24th May for a Private Event.

On Sunday 26th April we will be open to the public 12-4pm, with limited access (The Great Nave will be open) as there is a Private Event in the Friary Rooms and Private Chapel.

Most Sundays and some Mondays *see exceptions

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

Monastery Mondays

In February and March we are open to the public with FREE admission from 12-4pm. From April onwards we will be open on the 3rd Monday of each month (except 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

Discover the secrets of Manchester's Taj Mahal in a presentation with words and images, with Elaine Griffiths or Clare Mount.

Mondays 2-3pm




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


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.

Speakers and details for 2015 and online booking are listed in our atOne at The Monastery section, on the home page. Or call 0161 223 3211 to book with a debit card over the phone.

Remaining dates for for 2015:

3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd Aug, 6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov and 6th Dec.

First Sunday of each month

12:00 - 4:00

Royal Society of St George

St George's Day Dinner

Celebrate St George's Day in style with a celebratory dinner in the Great Nave on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

This dinner is being hosted jointly by The Greater Manchester Branch of The Royal Society of St. George and The Monastery of St. Francis and Gorton Trust.

On arrival, Guests will be welcomed to a Drinks Reception in the Cloisters and (weather permitting) the Friary Garden.

The excellent fare, will be prepared by The Monastery’s Head Chef, Bevan Griffiths.

Pre-booking for this special event is essential. To book, call Michael Riley on (0161) 969 2795 or email:

THU 23 APR 2015



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


£15 adults, £13 concessions, £5 children

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.

SUN 12 JUL 2015




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)

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

An evening concert to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. More information will be publsihed here as soon as it is available.

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