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

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019.
The Nave is closed on Tuesday 23rd April, and Mondays 6th and 20th May. The Nave is also closed from 2pm on Sunday March 31st due to a concert rehearsal, but is open for accompanied viewing from 11am-2pm.

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

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019.

Please note, the Nave may occasionally be booked by a private or public/ticketed event. The Nave is closed on Tuesday 23rd April, Mondays 6th and 20th May and from 2pm on Sunday 31st May. Please call 0161 223 3211 or email events@themonastery.co.uk if you would like to check any other dates and are travelling a long distance for your visit.

Monastery Afternoon Tea available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Victorian Pantry is open. Groups of 6 or more can also book Afternoon Tea Sunday-Friday.

Upcoming Open Days in March 2019

  • - 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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  • - Tuesday 19th March: Open Day (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.
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  • - Monday 25th March: Monastery Late, 6-9pm, £15pp - more details can be found in our Events Diary.
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  • - Tuesday 26th March: Open Day, 11am-4pm
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  • - Sunday 31st March, Open Day, 11am-4pm (Nave CLOSED from 2pm in afternoon due to a concert rehearsal. The friary and Victorian Pantry will remain open from 11am-4pm)

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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