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.


The Monastery is open regularly for Open Days and special events. Please look at our Events Diary for special events taking place outside of our opening times.

Public Opening Times

Winter 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays (11am-4pm) from January 6th to March 3rd 2019. (Closed on March 10th).

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019. Please note, we cannot guarantee access to the general public on Tuesdays and some Sundays where we have public events taking place. The Nave is also closed on Mondays 6th and 20th May.

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.

2019 Opening Times

Winter 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays (11am-4pm) from January 6th to March 3rd 2019. (Closed on March 10th).

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019. Please note, we cannot guarantee access to the general public on Tuesdays and some Sundays where we have public events taking place.

The Nave is also closed on Mondays 6th and 20th May. Please call 0161 223 3211 or email events@themonastery.co.uk if travelling a long distance for your visit.

Monastery Afternoon Tea available on Sundays and Mondays. Groups of 6 or more can also book Afternoon Tea Sunday-Friday.

Upcoming Open Days in January and February 2019

  • - Sunday 27th January: Open Day (11am-4pm), Taste of The Monastery Tour. 12pm booked 1pm tour now open.
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  • - Sunday 3rd February: Health & Wellbeing Day (11am-4pm), £5 entry, FREE for Monastery Community Card Holders and Under-16s
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  • - Sunday 10th February: Open Day, (11am-4pm)
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  • - Sunday 17th February: Open Day and World Sound Healing Day, (11am-4pm)
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  • - Sunday 24th February: Open Day (11am-4pm), Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm.
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  • - Sunday 3rd March: Health & Wellbeing Day (11am-4pm), £5 entry, FREE for Monastery Community Card Holders and Under-16s
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  • - Sunday 10th March: BUILDING CLOSED DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT
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  • - Monday 11th March: Start of Spring/Summer Opening Hours, Open Day, 11am-4pm. Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm.
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  • - Tuesday 12th March: Open Day, 11am-4pm
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  • - Sunday 17th March: Open Day and Remembering Belle Vue Event, 11am-4pm
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  • - Monday 18th March: Open Day and Remembering Belle Vue Event, 11am-4pm. Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm.
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  • - Sunday 24th March: Open Day (11am-4pm), Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm.
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  • - Monday 25th March: Open Day, 11am-4pm. Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm. Monastery Late, 6-9pm, details coming soon.
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  • - Tuesday 26th March: Open Day, 11am-4pm
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  • - Sunday 31st March, Open Day, 11am-4pm (Nave CLOSED)

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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