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

We are usually open Sunday to Friday, 11am to 4pm, excluding Bank Holidays. 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 Monastery is fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, with lifts available to all floors. There are accessible toilets available on each floor 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.

Upcoming Closure Dates

The NAVE will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for private events on Thursday 24th May and at 3pm on Friday 25th May. On these dates, the Heritage Corner will remain open as usual 11am until 4pm.

The BUILDING will also be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for private events on Sunday 3rd June and for the Bank Holiday on Monday 28th May. On June 10th the building will only be open to ticket holders to the Fusilier Musical Spectacular. Thank you for your understanding.

Please call 0161 223 3211 for further updates about closure dates.

We are usually open to the public Sunday to Friday, 11am to 4pm.

  • Experience the stunning atmosphere of EW Pugin's gothic treasure.
  • 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.
  • Find out about our special events and activities by visiting our What's On page.

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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