The Monastery

Whats On & Sunday Diary

We are open to the public most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm unless a special event is taking place. 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.

Whats On

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.

Entry is free, unless otherwise specified.

* We are open to the public free of charge most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm, unless a special event is taking place in the Great Nave (see listings below for details of each event). We are open as usual when talks/tours are taking place (see below).

* During February and March we are also open on Mondays, 12:00 til 4:00pm (except 2nd March)

*The First Sunday of every month is reserved for atOne events, with £20 admission (including £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry if pre-paid before midday on the preceding Friday). See listing below.

Sunday 22nd February
Monday 2nd March

To suport our fundraising and our Angels Appeal, please click below:

Most Sundays and
Mondays in Feb, Mar 2015
12:00 - 4:00pm
*see exceptions

Free Entry
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. Please check information above for closures and paid-for events when the exhibition will not be out.

12:00 - 4:00PM

FREE - donations to The Trust please

The Monastery Story

Talks with Elaine Griffiths or Clare Mount

Hear the story of the campaign to save the Monastery from dereliction. Explore the secrets of Pugin's architectural masterpiece and then learn all about the hidden magic that is encoded into the building. Discover why Manchester's Taj Mahal was built in Gorton. We will take you on an inspirational journey of discovery and share some of the mysterious stories, events and uncanny coincedences that continue to unfold today.

Monday 2nd February
Monday 9 February
Monday 16th February
Monday 23rd February
Monday 9 March
Monday 16 March
Monday 23 March
Monday 30 March

Excellent value at just £7.50 per person, please click More Info to book online or call 0161 223 3211 to book over the phone.

Various dates
2:00 - 2:45 pm
£7.50 per person

Please prebook

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Belle Vue Is Back

 Exhibition and Displays

Chetham's Library brings its archive of Belle Vue images and materials to the Monastery to display as part of the Open Days on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th March.

  • Heritage Stalls
  • Photos, Films and Memorabilia
  • History Talks
  • Free entry
  • Friars Pantry Cafe Open

Also on Sunday 8th at 2pm author Livi Michael will read from her book For One Day Only and at 3pm local historians Frank Rhodes and Brian Selby will give a talk about the history of Belle Vue.

On Monday 9th there will be a talk at 3pm from Stephen Sayers, social psychologist, writer, broadcaster and former Gorton resident about his recollections of Belle Vue.

SUN 8 MAR 2015
MON 9 MAR 2015


Tours and Talks at Gorton Monastery

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. He describes its history in the context of the exciting times of Victorian and post-Victorian Manchester and the wider world. Extremely good value at £7.50 per person.

The Friars Pantry is open from 12  for delicious homemade drinks, snacks, refreshments and light lunch.

Sun 8 Feb - Alan Turing
Sun 10 May - Underground Manchester
Sun 27 Sept - 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World
Sun 15 Nov - Engels and Marx in Manchester

Please click More Info for further details and to book online or call (0161) 223 3211 to book over the phone with a debit card.

12:00- 1:00pm
£7.50 per person
booking advised

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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 before midday on the preceding Friday for just £20, or pay on the door, £25. Vegetarian lunch is included.

Speakers and details for 2015 and online booking now listed on our Spiritual Sundays and MBS Events section. Or call 0161 223 3211 to book with a debit card over the phone.

Confirmed for 2015:   
1st Feb, 1st March, 5th April, 3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd Aug, 6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov and 6th Dec.

First Sunday each month
10:30am - 4:30pm

Doors open 10:00am

Admission £20 (prebooked)
£25 on the door
Includes vegetarian lunch

Meditation and Qigong

We are delighted to be working with Paul Blundell to offer these monthly activities to all of our visitors, on the first Sunday of every month.  Please click on More Info for dates and more details of the classes.

10:30  Meditation in the Great Nave
Love for the World Meditation: A time to come together in stillness, peace and serenity and attune our higher selves with unconditional love for the highest and best purpose of the world.

2:00 - 3:00pm   Qigong (Chi Kung) in the Private Chapel

These classes are available on the first Sunday of every month as part of our regular atOne Sunday programme, which also includes speakers, healers, yoga, meditation, Qigong and much more, for just £20 all day when pre-booked (£25 on the door). Includes vegetarian lunch. See the atOne page above for booking information.

Please note, Yoga classes at 12noon have been suspended for the time being, as the teacher is currently unavailable.

First Sundays
each month
part of atOne Sunday
£20 all inclusive

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Everyone Can Play

GRUMPY (Greater Manchester Play Resources Unit) is running a series of play sessions for children aged 6 - 11 and their families, here at the Monastery on selected Sundays from 12 - 2pm, materials provided.

11th January
8th February
8th March

Please click more info to find out more, or contact contact Ruth N, Project Co-ordinator, (0161) 737 1644, email:

12:00 - 2:00

Ages 6-11

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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


St Georges 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.

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

THU 23 APR 2015

£45 per person
Black Tie & Decorations

Pre-booking essential

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. In this concert they join forces with The Sheffield Chorale, a trio of wonderful young soloists and Stockport Symphony Orchestra to perform Edward Elgar’s choral masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius.

Ticket Hotline 01633 764012 or online at
Tickets £15, £13 concession, £5 students/children
Group discounts/season tickets available
Coach transport from Poynton/ Hazel Grove

SUN 21 JUN 2014

Adults £15, Concessions £13, Students and Children £5

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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 2014

Tickets £12
accompanied children FREE

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!!

The choirs and individual singers meet on the Sunday morning at Manchester’s magnificent architectural masterpiece, The Monastery, recently reopened after a £6.5 million restoration, to prepare for the afternoon concert with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Juan Ortuno rehearses the singers with the orchestra, culminating in the afternoon concert in which all the participants come together to sing The Messiah.  The superb acoustics at the Monastery along with the atmospheric location and singers from around the country and from overseas should make this a splendid event. 

Click More Info for more details and how to book

SUN 29 NOV 2015
10:30 - 4:30PM

£15 singers and audience tickets
Performance starts 2:30pm

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Angels Appeal

Please Be An Angel for The Monastery

It is 150 years since the Franciscans began building their Friary and Church here in Gorton, decorated inside and out with angels to protect the building and the people inside.
Our Angels Appeal will continue the restoration and protection of The Monastery, for the benefit of future generations.

Our charitable trust was formed in 1996, to save the then derelict buildings and give them a new purpose for the future.

Our Angels Appeal will help us to finish the project and includes the restoration and conservation of the Lady Altar, the High Altar and Reredos behind it, plus many of the stencils, tiles and paint schemes that are in danger of being lost forever.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, however much or little you can give, please make a donation and make a difference. Call 0161 223 3211 or contact Trust Co-ordinator Clare Mount at to find out more.

• We need to raise another £1million as matched funding so that the Heritage Lottery Fund will support us with another £2million grant to finish the Monastery.
• If 100,000 visitors to the Monastery give £10 we will raise the £1million we need.
• We only need 10,000 Angels generously donating £100 or we only need 100 Business Angel Sponsors giving £10,000.

Please Be An Angel and help us to finish the Monastery. Your generous donation will help us to finish the restoration and provide permanent educational, community and visitor facilities to replace the marquee so we can be open every day for everyone!

All profits from events held at the Monastery are used towards the upkeep of the buildings and to support our charitable projects in the local community.

For the ways that you can help with the restoration and protection of The Monastery, click More Info:

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