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.

For more information, click here.

Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

Open Days

at the Monastery


Festive Afternoon Teas,
'A Victorian Christmas',
Traditional Christmas Lunches hosted by the Trust's CEO Elaine Griffiths,
'Beggars and Builders'
and 'Saving Gorton Monastery'.

Click on the Christmas tab and scroll to the bottom of the page for Festive Afternoon Teas.
Click on Talks & Tours tab and scroll to the bottom of the page for other Christmas offers,

We are open to the public almost every day, from 11 am to 4 pm, except Saturdays and Bank Holidays. Refreshments are available in The Victorian Pantry, you can browse through all the amazing items in our delightful shop, and you can watch some films about The Monastery in our Video Room. There is also free on-site parking and the entire building is wheelchair accessible.

The building is very occasionally partly or wholly closed because of scheduled events. Please visit our Open Days page for more information about our closure dates. Thank you for your understanding.

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June 25 @ 11:00 am - December 31 @ 4:00 pm

Free: Donations Welcome

Our Heritage Corner, shop and Victorian Pantry are open to the public every day*, Sunday through Friday, from 11am to 4pm. We are closed on Saturdays and all Bank Holidays in 2017.

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 delightful Victorian Pantry.

The Great Nave is very occasionally closed to visitors or has limited access due to scheduled events. If this is important to your visit please always check in advance to avoid disappointment, on this website or call 0161 223 3211.

*The building is very occasionally partially or wholly closed because of scheduled events. These dates for the rest of 2017 are:

  • Sunday 3rd December, Victorian Pantry closed but rest of building open
  • Monday 4th December, Nave closed from 3pm
  • Thursday 7th December, Nave closed for a private event, Heritage Corner open
  • Sunday 10th December, entire building closed due to a concert

Our Christmas opening times are as follows:

  • Sunday 23rd to Wednesday 27th, entire building closed
  • Thursday 28th and Friday 29th, open
  • Sunday 31st to Monday 1st, entire building closed
  • Reopening Tuesday 2nd January


June 25 @ 11:00 am
December 31 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:
Sunday through Friday, from 11am to 4pm. 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / Free: Donations Welcome

Please keep checking this page as we are updating frequently with details of new events.

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