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 events@themonastery.co.uk. Our office hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

How To Find Us? Please go to the bottom of this listings page.

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, events@themonastery.co.uk or call 0161 223 3211.

December 2015

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.

Christmas Opening Times:
We will be closed to the public throughout the Christmas period, including Sunday 27th December, but will be open for a special mid-week Open Day on Wednesday 30th December, 12-4pm with the Friars Pantry serving our usual selection of refreshments.

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.

2016 Closures:

Sunday 17th January

Most Sundays and some Mondays *see exceptions

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

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.

For 2016 events - click here.

6th Dec - special concert and Christmas lunch with Lucinda Drayton (see listing below)

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

First Sunday of each month

12:00 - 4:00

£20 admission


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



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


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

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

Monastery Mondays

We are open to the public with FREE admission from 12-4pm, on the 3rd Monday of each month (except in December 2016).

18th January, 15th February, 21st March, 18th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st 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

National Gay Wedding Show

The National Gay Wedding Show in association with Daksha’s Gourmet Catering is now in the third year of its profile. Moving to the prestigious venue of The Monastery, Manchester on Sunday 17th January 2016.

The UK’s largest same-sex couple wedding show will provide the opportunity for not only the newly engaged but also those looking to finalise those last little arrangements to ensure and create the perfect wedding day.

Click More Details or go to http://www.nationalgayweddingshow.com/ to find out more

SUN 17 JAN 2016

11:00 - 4:00


Presented by HCPT Manchester Region

With Cheshire Chord Company and Greater Manchester Police Band

For tickets call Aileen on 07580 832800 or go to www.hcptmanchester.org.uk/jubilation for more details.

SUN 17 APR 2016


£10, £7 concs

How To Find Us

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

Tel: 0161 223 3211
Email: events@themonastery.co.uk

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 http://www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/

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