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 donations to help support the preservation of this important Victorian building and our education and outreach programme are very welcome.


The Monastery aims to be Open Every Day between 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday) with free entry & free parking. Visitors are most welcome to call in between 10am-4pm and visit the Heritage Corner but we cannot guarantee that the Great Nave will always be available.

Heritage & Visitor Open Days

Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Film Room & Shop are open between 11am-4pm.


Tours and talks can also be pre-booked on these open days.

Facilities and Access

Visitor facilities include a permanent exhibition and film room, a gift shop, the Garden and a tea room for pre-booked Afternoon Teas. Our Cafe has relocated to the Weclome Wing and is open from 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday). Cafe closure dates can be found at the bottom of this page.


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.

2019 Opening Times

The Monastery aims to be open Sunday to Friday between 10am-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 Café has relocated to the Welcome Wing and is open from 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday). Please note, the Café will be closed on Fridays 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th August. Pre-booked Afternoon Teas will still be served in the traditional settings of the Victorian Pantry.

Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Film Room & Shop are open between 11am and 4pm. Tours and talks, and afternoon teas in our Victorian Pantry, can also be pre-booked on these days.

Monastery Afternoon Tea available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the Victorian Pantry (no minimum numbers). Groups of 6 or more can book Afternoon Tea Sunday-Friday.

Please call 0161 223 3211 or email events@themonastery.co.uk if you would like to check any dates and are travelling a long distance for your visit.

Upcoming Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days in July and August

  • Sunday 28th July: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry), Sunday Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp).
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  • Monday 29th July: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Craft in the Cafe : Summer Suncatchers (1-3 pm) FREE
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  • Tuesday 30th July: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & A Celebration of Summer: Printing Workshop 1-3pm FREE
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  • Sunday 4th August: Health & Wellbeing Day (11am-4pm, £5 entry but free for Monastery Community Card Holders and under-16s)
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  • Monday 5th August: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Craft in the Cafe: Friendship Bracelets 1-3pm FREE
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  • Tuesday 6th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Decorate a Bird Feeding House Workshop 1-3pm FREE
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  • Sunday 11th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Gorton Fire Service Open Day
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  • Monday 12th August: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Craft in the Cafe : Friendship Bracelets 1-3pm FREE
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  • Tuesday 13th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Make your own photo box ! 1-3pm FREE
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  • Sunday 18th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Family Games Day
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  • Monday 19th August: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Craft in the Cafe : Felt Butterflies 1-3pm FREE
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  • Tuesday 20th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Decorate your own Flower Pot Workshop 1-3pm FREE
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  • Sunday 25th August: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 1pm (£9.50pp).
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  • Tuesday 27th August : Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry) & Trash to Treasure - Recycling Workshop 1-3pm FREE

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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