Invitation

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.

Free Entry and Free Parking

Admission is free but as The Monastery operates as a Charitable Trust, donations to help support the preservation of this important Victorian building and our outreach programme are very welcome.

Public Opening Times

Autumn/Winter hours: During October and November we will be open Sunday to Tuesday. From December to February, we will just be open on Sundays. Pantry opening hours differ.

The building is very occasionally partly or wholly closed because of scheduled events. Please see the bottom of this page or call (0161) 223 3211 for information on upcoming closure dates.

Facilities and Access

Visitor facilities include a permanent exhibition in the cloisters, a film room, a traditional gift shop, the St Francis Healing Garden and a tea room - The Victorian Pantry. The Victorian Pantry is open Sunday-Friday, 11am-4pm, throughout the year.

The Monastery is fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. There are accessible toilets available throughout the building and baby changing facilities available on the ground floor.

How to Find Us

The Monastery is less than a fifteen-minute drive from Manchester City Centre and a free, secure car park is available on-site. The Monastery is also accessible by train or bus from Manchester Piccadilly Station. For more information on how to get to the Monastery, please visit our Directions page.

Open Days in November and December 2018

- Sunday 11th Nov: Open Day (A Meditation for Peace and Reconciliation, 11am, and Armistice 100, 2.30pm)
- Monday 12th Nov: Open Day
- Tuesday 13th Nov: Open Day
- Sunday 18th Nov: Open Day
- Monday 19th Nov: Open Day
- Tuesday 20th Nov: Open Day
- Sunday 25th Nov: Whole building CLOSED including Victorian Pantry due to private event.
- Monday 26th Nov: Open Day
- Tuesday 27th Nov: Open Day
- Sunday 2nd Dec: Open Day (Health & Wellbeing Day, small entry charge applies)
- Sunday 9th Dec: No Open Day due to concerts (Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and Christmas Carols (ticketed, 2pm) and Royal British Legion Christmas Concert (ticketed, 7pm), ticket holders only)
- Sunday 16th Dec: Open Day (A Christmas Story (FREE, 2pm) and Christmas with Lucinda (ticketed, 6-8pm)
- Sunday 23rd Dec: Open Day (Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Nave, 12pm and 2.30pm, £19.95pp, must pre-book)
- Sunday 30th Dec: Open Day (limited offer in Victorian Pantry)

Autumn/Winter hours: October and November, Sunday to Tuesday, 11am-4pm. December to February, Sundays, 11am-4pm.

  • Victorian Pantry opening times: Sunday-Friday, 11am-4pm (until Sunday December 23rd). Closed Sunday 25th November and 9th December.
  • Discover the intriguing story of this much loved heritage masterpiece and World Monuments Site.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Franciscan brothers in this former church and friary.
  • Explore the sacred geometry, hidden codes and secrets in stone in one of Manchester's most sacred sites.
  • Enjoy our tea room, The Victorian Pantry, which serves freshly cut sandwiches, homemade soup, salads and a delicious selection of scones and cakes.
  • With our Sharing the Story permanent exhibition, tranquil St Francis Healing Garden, traditional gift shop, family trails and children's activities available in our Heritage Corner, there is something for everyone at the Monastery.
  • Treat yourself to an elegant and traditional Afternoon Tea in our Victorian Pantry.
  • Experience the stunning atmosphere of EW Pugin's gothic treasure.

Please don't hesistate to contact us if you are interested in organising a private event at the Monastery.

Send us your contact details and we’ll be in touch immediately to arrange for you to have a personal tour of The Monastery, so we can discuss your needs. You'll be able to see for yourself how the spectacular Nave, the fabulous cloisters and the delightful garden combine to offer a unique space for the classiest of events.

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