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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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What’s on at the Monastery? Alongside our regular open days, we also run an exciting programme of events, activities, talks, concerts and performances. Discover what’s on and what’s coming soon to help you make the most of your visit. Use the search bar below or click the category button to help refine your search.

Autumn/Winter Opening Hours:
Open to the public Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (11am-4pm) throughout October and November.
Open on Sundays (11am-4pm) from December to February.
Victorian Pantry opening times differ and are Sunday to Friday (11am-4pm) throughout the year.
Special events take place at The Monastery outside of our Opening Hours - information on these events can be found by searching our event listing below.

The building is very occasionally partly or wholly closed because of scheduled events. Please visit our Plan Your Visit page or call us on 0161 223 3211 for information on upcoming closure dates.

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June 2017

Open Days

This former Franciscan church and friary has been described as architect Edward Pugin’s masterpiece. It is a stunning example of the Gothic style he made popular in Victorian Britain. Derelict for many years, it was saved from ruin and is now open to the public to explore. Visitors can learn...

25th June 2017 @ 11:00 am - 31st December 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in October and November. Open on Sundays from December to February. 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / Free: Donations Welcome
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December 2018

The Christmas Story with Donkeys

Join us for our popular ‘Christmas Story’ event (also known as ‘Donkey Day’). ‘The Christmas Story’ event featuring carols and real live donkeys will take place from 2-3pm, but we will have festive activities available throughout the day from 11am-4pm. Don’t miss this chance to get into the real spirit...

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 16 2018 2:00 PM—4:00 PM / FREE
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Christmas with Lucinda Dryaton

Why not treat yourself, and your family and friends to Christmas with Lucinda – our annual celebration with Lucinda Drayton in the true spirit of Christmas. Lucinda, voice of the best-selling album A Hundred Thousand Angels, returns to The Monastery with Marcus Cliffe this year to share their latest music,...

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 16 2018 6:00 PM—8:00 PM / £20
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Christmas Talk and Lunch: The Magic of The Monastery

Our 2018 Christmas Talk and Lunches are taking place on Monday 3rd, Monday 10th or Tuesday 18th December! Join us on Tuesday 18th December for 'The Magic of The Monastery'! £29.95 per person, includes; Mulled wine on arrival Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies Talk...

December 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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December 18 2018 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / £29.95
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Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Nave

Enjoy an extra-special festive afternoon tea on December 23rd as you dine in our stunning Great Nave! Get into the festive spirit and enjoy some delicious treats alongside family and friends on the Sunday before Christmas day! Our festive afternoon tea is served on traditional china with a glass of...

December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 23 2018 12:00 PM—4:00 PM / £19.95
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January 2019

Crazywise film screening with film maker Phil Borges

After our first screening of Crazywise at The Monastery in January 2018 we are delighted to host our second screening with the film maker Phil Borges who is visiting the UK this winter. Crazy or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about mental health crisis....

6th January 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 06 2019 12:00 PM—4:00 PM / Free
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Find Your Self at The Monastery

Self Realisation Life’s Simplest and Greatest Gift An Open Programme for late 2018 and through 2019 We are delighted to announce that following the recent 6 month Self Realisation Programme and the Invitation to Silence event last September, Philip Wade is running this Open Programme that aligns with The Monastery...

13th January 2019 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Learning Space,
January 13 2019 11:30 AM—4:00 PM / £30
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February 2019

Find Your Self at The Monastery

Self Realisation Life’s Simplest and Greatest Gift An Open Programme for late 2018 and through 2019 We are delighted to announce that following the recent 6 month Self Realisation Programme and the Invitation to Silence event last September, Philip Wade is running this Open Programme that aligns with The Monastery...

10th February 2019 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Learning Space,
February 10 2019 11:30 AM—4:00 PM / £30
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Wizardry School: An Interactive Magical Experience

Manchester's magnificent Monastery is playing host to a mystical new school, opening on Saturday 23rd February 2019 and organised by the same team that put on the spectacular Draig-Con event at the Manchester Printworks in July and October at Victoria Warehouse. The Wizardry School will accept 250 students for a...

23rd February 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
February 23 2019 9:30 AM—5:30 PM / £99
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April 2019

Great Days presents Music Hall at The Monastery – Date Sold Out

Please note, this event is sold-out, the following Greatdays Out event at The Monastery is being organised for 20th May 2019. Don't miss the unique opportunity to celebrate a traditional entertainment lunch at Manchester's Taj Mahal! The Monastery at Gorton, a building famously designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875), has...

23rd April 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
April 23 2019 10:30 AM—3:00 PM / £89
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