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 education and outreach programme are very welcome.

Public Opening Times

From December to February, we will just be open on Sundays. Please look at our Events Diary for special events taking place outside of our opening times.

Pantry opening hours differ: Pantry open Sunday-Friday until Sunday December 23rd (Pantry closed on Sunday December 9th due to Christmas concerts).

Our traditional Gift Shop will be open on our Sunday Open Days and on Monday 10th and Tuesday 18th December.

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 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 December 2018

- Sunday 2nd Dec, Health & Wellbeing Day, small entry charge applies
- Sunday 9th Dec: Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and Christmas Carols (ticketed, 2pm) and Royal British Legion Christmas Concert (ticketed, 7pm), ticket holders only). No Open Day due to concerts.
- Sunday 16th Dec: Open Day, 11am-4pm. (A Christmas Story (FREE, 2pm) and Christmas with Lucinda (ticketed, 6-8pm)
- Sunday 23rd Dec: Open Day, 11am-4pm, (Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Nave, 12pm and 2.30pm, £19.95pp, must pre-book)
- Sunday 30th Dec: Open Day, 11am-4pm, (limited offer in Victorian Pantry)

Monastery Gift Shop open on Sunday Open Days and also open on Monday 10th and Tuesday 18th December (11am-4pm).

Autumn/Winter hours: December to February, Sundays, 11am-4pm.

  • Victorian Pantry opening times: Sunday-Friday, 11am-4pm (until Sunday December 23rd). Closed Sunday 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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