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

Free Entry and Free Parking

Admission to The Monastery is free but donations to help support the preservation of this important Victorian building are always gratefully received.

The Monastery aims to be open for public drop-in Sun, Mon & Tue between 10am-4pm. Visitors are welcome on other days (exc. Saturday), but we cannot guarantee that the Great Nave will be available. We highly recommend you call 0161 223 3211 before your visit to confirm opening.

Heritage & Visitor Open Days

Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Film Room & Shop are available between 11am-4pm. Please check before visiting that there are no closures which are listed at the bottom left of this page.

Our Welcome Wing Cafe opens at 10am.

Tours and talks with optional delicious afternoon tea or a light lunch can also be pre-booked on these open days, and are highly recommended!

Facilities and Access

Visitor facilities include our heritage corner, a small gift shop, the peaceful Monastery Garden and a tea-room for pre-booked delicious Afternoon Teas. Our Cafe is open in the Welcome Wing from 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday).

The Monastery is fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. There are accessible toilets available throughout the building with 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 there is a free, secure, ample space car park 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.

2019 Opening Times

The Monastery aims to be open Sunday to Friday between 11am-4pm with free entry and parking. Visitors are most welcome to call in during these hours and visit the site but we cannot guarantee that the Nave will always be available.

Our Welcome Wing Café is open from between 10am until 4pm (Sunday-Friday).

We occasionally close the Nave and Cafe for private bookings. Please call 0161 223 3211 or email if you would like to check any dates and are travelling a long distance for your visit.

Monday 2nd December - Great Nave closed, Welcome Wing Cafe open
Thursday 5th December - Great Nave and Welcome Wing Cafe closed, Victorian Pantry open

Monastery Afternoon Tea is usually available on Sunday-Friday, from £15.95pp. You can choose to have your Monastery Afternoon Tea in the traditional settings of the Victorian Pantry/Old Refectory, in our Welcome Wing Cafe or Gardens (subject to weather). Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. Please call (0161) 223 3211 to enquire or book.

Upcoming Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days in October/November - For closures, please see the left hand column.

  • Monday 2nd December, Great Nave Closed for Private Function. Cafe open in the Welcome Wing
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  • Sunday 8th December, Gorton Philharmonic and the Royal Bristish Legion Concerts, tickets avaiable via our Events Page or call 0161 223 3211 today!
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  • Sunday 15th December, A Christmas Story Donkey Day! Join our ever popular anual recreation of the Nativity Story. FREE! 12:00 noon-4:00pm
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  • Sunday 15th December, Lucinda Drayton & The Spirit of Bliss Reunion Concert, 6:00pm-9:00pm - tickets available 0161 223 3211
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  • Monday 16th December, Heritage Open Day. Visit us for a talk and tour and learn about the fascinating history of the Monastery.
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  • Festive Afteroon Tea in The Great Nave. Enjoy a seasonal delicious afteroon tea whilst serenaded by a classical flautist from the RNCM. £17.95pp, to book please call 0161 223 3211
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  • We have a range of AMAZING Christmas parties and events through December, incuding some very special dinners with Elaine Griffiths MBE, CEO of the Monastery. Please visit our Events Page to discover more or to secure your tickets.
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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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