To discuss holding your wedding or any event at The Monastery, contact Nancy Bennett to arrange a personal welcome tour.

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Nancy now.

We would love you to visit us at The Monastery! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, and we know you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us.

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The Monastery Celebrates Its 21st Birthday

It's now 21 years since a charitable trust was established to save and protect The Monastery. Our 21st Birthday Appeal was launched at a fund-raising evening in which top-billing was shared by Terry Waite and Sooty. This could only happen at The Monastery, the place that makes everyone smile.
The 21st Birthday Appeal is raising funds to help ensure the building is protected and open to the community for the next 21 years and beyond. Most importantly, every event we host will also make a substantial contribution to this goal. Contact for more information.

A heartfelt thank-you from us to you

Elaine Griffiths, chief executive of The Monastery Trust said: “We are so grateful for the generosity of so many in supporting the Monastery in so many ways over the last 20 years. We have achieved so much and will always be indebted to each and every person who has fallen in love with the building like we did. As the project comes of age, please help us to finish the Monastery and deliver on our promises so that the vision can be finally realised. We want to protect this precious sacred site and allow it to serve the local community for generations to come.”

There are so many ways to help

There are a number of ways of supporting the 21st Birthday Appeal including dedicating a specially carved stone to remember a special person in the Path of Life for £100, Adopt an Angel for £50, Sponsor a Saint for £40 or Buy a Brick for £20. Donations of any value and will legacies are also very welcome. Email for more information.

Join our amazing team of regular volunteers

To remain open to the public six days a week, we need volunteers to fill key roles in ensuring every visitor has a fulfilling and memorable experience when they come to see us. We have many roles for you to consider, and whilst they differ in substance they all require one fundamental attribute. You must feel what we feel about The Monastery. And you must share our values. We respect the place we are dedicated to helping, and we respect each other. To apply, please email

A place for everyone

There’s something about The Monastery that envelops you as soon as you walk through the door. It’s almost magical.
And we're open to the public every day, from 11 am to 4 pm, except Saturdays, Bank Holidays and a few selected days for hosting special events. If you're thinking of holding an event at The Monastery, email
Parking is FREE and the entire building is wheelchair accessible.

For dates when the Monastery is fully closed for private events please see the Events Diary and notes at the bottom of this page.

A place for weddings

"Best day. Best venue. Best decision we ever made." This architectural masterpiece, and award-winning Grade II Listed building, can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions for between 85 and 450 guests in the spectacular Great Nave.

A place for coming together

"Motivation and engagement levels double when we meet at The Monastery.” Industry events, specialist conferences, staff motivation, training, music, media, with 17 versatile small and large spaces, for up to 450 delegates or more for almost any use.

A place to find yourself

"Walking through the cloisters, sitting peacefully in the garden, reflecting on the mothers and children who helped the Friars build this magnificent place. In such thoughts, I start to rekindle the feelings I thought I'd lost. I found them again, here, in The Monastery."

Become part of our story.
Here. And now.

Please accept one or more of our invitations to make yourself part of our story. The Monastery has been saved from ruin by the support and involvement of people like you. If you haven’t already visited, we extend the warmest of welcomes and look forward to seeing you soon.



To say that our traditional afternoon teas are sumptuous is a huge understatement. And they're incredible value at just £14.95 Served on cake stands and in fine china, with a unique blend of Monastery love. Available every day but please book in advance and make a reservation on the time and date of your choosing, by calling 0161 223 3211.

Just look at what you get, and try to stop your mouth watering in anticipation!
(Or check out our Festive Afternoon Teas on the bottom of our Christmas page)

A selection of freshly made sandwiches on soft breads
Roast Ham*, sliced tomatoes and light mustard
Egg and cress
Vintage cheddar cheese with our homemade Monastery chutney
Fresh cucumber

Sun dried tomato and mozzarella crostini

Freshly baked scone with clotted cream, jam and butter

Mini Macaroon
Mini Victoria sponge
Rich chocolate brownie slice

Your choice of blended teas/coffees included (with unlimited refills) or soft drink included.

* Omitted on request.

Get together with friends or family and make your booking now!

The building is very occasionally partly closed because of scheduled events. On very rare occasions, the entire building may be closed. Please note the following dates.

The Victorian Pantry and the Heritage Corner will be closed from 23rd December to 6th January, re-opening for Health and Wellbeing Day on Sunday 7th January 2018.

Please call 0161 223 3211 to check before you visit. And thanks for your understanding.

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