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 to The Monastery is free but 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. Our Welcome Wing Cafe opens at an earlier time of 10am.


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 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 Café has relocated to the Welcome Wing and is open from an earlier time of 10am until 4pm (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.

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 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 even in the garden subject to weather. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Please call (0161) 223 3211 to enquire or book.

UPCOMING CLOSURES:
Please note, on Monday 23rd September, the Welcome Wing Cafe will be closed but the Victorian Pantry will be open instead. The Monastery and Welcome Wing Café will be closed on Friday 20th September due to a private event.

Upcoming Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days in September

  • Sunday 1st September: Health & Wellbeing Day (11am-4pm, £5 entry or FREE for Monastery Community Card Holders and Under-16s)
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  • Monday 2nd September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); please note, the Nave is closed on this day and there will be no Taste of The Monastery Tour. The Welcome Wing Cafe will be closed on this day but the Victorian Pantry will be open instead from 10am.
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  • Tuesday 3rd September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Sunday 8th September: Little Owl Events Artisan Market (FREE Entry, 11am-4pm). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Monday 9th September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Tuesday 10th September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Sunday 15th September: Wedding Venues in England Wedding Fayre (11am-3pm, FREE Entry). The Welcome Wing Cafe will be closed on this day but the Victorian Pantry will be open instead from 10am.
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  • Monday 16th September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp).Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Tuesday 17th September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Sunday 22nd September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Sunday Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Monday 23rd September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); please note, the Nave is closed on this day and there will be no Taste of The Monastery Tour. The Welcome Wing Cafe will be closed on this day but the Victorian Pantry will be open instead from 10am.
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  • Tuesday 24th September: Heritage & Visitor Open Day (11am-4pm, free entry); Taste of The Monastery Tour at 12pm (£9.50pp). Welcome Wing Cafe open from 10am.
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  • Sunday 29th September: Our Kids Social Happy Sundaze Event (Ticketed, prices vary, 2-4pm - please see the Events Diary for details). Please note, The Monastery will only be open for ticket holders on this day.

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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