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).

*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.

We are very sorry but there will be no Open Day this Sunday 30th March, Mothering Sunday, as we have a concert in the Great Nave, starting at 7.30pm. More information about the concert and tickets is in the listing further down this page.

* Sorry, we are closed to the public for private events on:
30th March
13th April
4th May
18th May
25th May
28th Sept

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

Most Sundays
12:00 - 4:00pm
*see exceptions

Free Entry
Donations Welcome

Saving Gorton Monastery

Talk, lunch and tour with Elaine Griffiths MBE

Co-founder of the Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust
Hear Elaine’s personal story of the campaign to save the Monastery from dereliction and ruin. See the stunning interior of EW Pugin’s gothic treasure. Discover why Manchester’s Taj Mahal was built in Gorton. Her passion for the buildings and the people that built them and treasured them as a key part of the local community shines through in a series of talks. All include a delicious homemade two or three course lunch* (see details below), cooked with love and served with soul.

To join a tour and for dates and availability please telephone 0161 223 3211 or email

All Elaine Griffiths talks must be pre-booked.

Various dates
11:30 - 2:00PM
Packages £9.95 to £24.95 per person

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 afterwards for delicious homemade drinks, snacks and light refreshments.

Please note that the talk on Gorton and Gorton Monastery on 27th April will be presented by the Monastery's Chief Executive, Elaine Griffiths MBE.

Talks about Gorton and Gorton Monastery may include a short walk around the local vicinity, weather permitting.

Sun 9 Feb - Life and Work of LS Lowry
Sun 16 Feb - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 16 Mar - The Pankhursts, Manchester's Golden Family
Sun 20 Apr - Easter Sunday, Manchester's Religious History
Sun 27 Apr - Gorton and Gorton Monastery - with Elaine Griffiths MBE
Sun 29 Jun - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 20 Jul - Manchester at War and Peace
Sun 17 Aug - Anniversary of Peterloo
Sun 19 Oct - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 26 Oct - Manchester's Architectural Glories
Sun 16 Nov - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 23 Nov - Marx and Engels in Manchester

Please click More Info 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, yoga and walking the labyrinth, on the first Sunday of each month.

Pre-booking before midday on the preceding Friday includes a £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry.
Speakers and details for 2013 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.

Remaining dates for 2014:  
May 11th
June 1st
July 6th
August 3rd
September 7th
November 2nd
December 7th

First Sunday each month
10:30am - 5:00pm

Doors open 10:00am

Cost: Adults £20
Pre-booking includes £5 voucher for Friars Pantry

Yoga, Meditation and Qigong

We are delighted to be working with Manchester Yoga Social Enterprise Society and their qualified teachers to offer these monthly classes 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.

12:00 - 1:00pm  Dru Yoga

1:00 - 2:00pm   Meditation

2:00 - 3:00pm   Qigong (Chi Kung) 

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. Pre-booking before midday on the preceding Friday includes a £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry. See the atOne page above for booking information.

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

Private Chapel
12:00 - 3:00pm

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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.

20th, 27th April
8th, 15th, 29th June
20th, 27th July
10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August
14th September
12th, 19th, 26th October
16th, 23rd, 30th November

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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St Georges Day Dinner

Celebrate St George's Day in style with a celebratory dinner in the Great Nave on Thursday 24th April, 6.15pm for 7:00pm.

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. The Council is pleased to annoucnce that this 120th Anniversary Dinner will be in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO.

Our Guest Speaker is Colonel Sir David Trippier JD RP DL FRSA. Please click More Info to read his biography.

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. For menu choices please click on More Info.

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

THU 24 APR 2014
6:15 for 7:00pm

£49.50 per person
Black Tie & Decorations

Pre-booking essential

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St George's Singers

St George’s Singers’ will complete their 2013-14 series on 22nd June at the magnificent Monastery, Gorton with a concert which is guaranteed to bring a ray of sunshine whatever the weather outside.

ZIMBE! by Alexander L’Estrange is a vibrant fusion of African and gospel song and jazz written for adult choir, children’s choir and jazz quintet. The other works in this concert are Michael Tippett’s Five Spirituals and Will Todd’s Footprints.

St George's Singers are led by conductor Neil Taylor, and are joined by the Bradshaw Hall Primary School Choir and the Call Me Al jazz quintet. Please click More Info to read about the music and performers.

Coach transport is available from Poynton and Hazel Grove. Tickets can be booked by phone on the ticket line 01663 764012 and via the choir’s website

SUN 22 JUN 2014

Adults £16, Concessions £14, Students and Children £5

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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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Christmas 2014 Tour, Talk & Lunch

Monday 8th December
Christmas in Manchester
With Ed Glinert

Monday 15th December
The St Francis Story at Christmas
With Elaine Griffiths MBE

Tuesday 16th December
A Victorian Christmas
With Ed Glinert

Monday 22nd December
A Monastery Celebration
With Elaine Griffiths MBE

All talks must be prebooked, online, by telephone (0161) 223 3211 or email

Click More Info to book online

Mon 8 Dec
Mon 15 Dec
Tues 16 Dec
Mon 22 Dec
11.30am – 2.30pm


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