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.

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Talks & Tours

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Walk in the footsteps of the Franciscans

Discover the history of E.W Pugin’s Neo-Gothic treasure and walk in the footsteps of the Franciscans. Enhance your visit with one of our guided tour or talk packages which offer a unique and fascinating insight into the life and works of the generations of friars who created and guarded this masterpiece of architectural and religious significance.

Experience the beauty
of Pugin's
Neo-Gothic treasure

Learn about the rise, decline and fall of The Monastery and its magnificent restoration. Our guided tours and talks help bring The Monastery to life. Come and find out for yourself what makes the site so special.
See below for more information on our tour & talk packages for individuals, small groups and coach tours, and for information on how to book.

We have Talk & Tour packages available to suit individuals, small groups and large groups/coach tours at The Monastery. The Monastery is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there are accessible toilets available throughout the building. 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.

If you are interested in gaining an initial insight into the site, our Taste of The Monastery tour is a perfect place to start: it includes a short walking tour of the site and a light lunch for £9.50pp. Our Taste of The Monastery tours are also available on Mondays and Tuesdays at 12pm (subject to Nave availability).

Our more in-depth Monastery Talk and Q&A (lasting 45 mins – 1hr) is deal for larger groups or coach tours as one of our expert guides gives a unique and fascinating insight into the rise, fall and decline of The Monastery and its magnificent restoration. Please see below for more information on our group packages.

For groups looking for even more of a special experience, join us for an afternoon with The Monastery Trust’s founder and CEO, Elaine Griffiths MBE, available with either Afternoon Tea or a two-course hot lunch. Please enquire for details.

For more information or to book any of our tour or talk packages, please call (0161) 223 3211 or email

Individuals and Small Groups:

Individuals and small groups can book onto our Taste of The Monastery Tour.

Try a Taste of The Monastery for only £9.50pp, including a short walking tour of the former Church, Friary and Garden, plus a tasty lunch in the Welcome Wing Cafe.

In 2020, our Taste of The Monastery Tours will be available:
- At 12pm on the 4th Sunday of every month (subject to change, please check dates).
- At 12pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, subject to Nave availability.

We recommend booking in advance for our Taste of The Monastery tours to guarantee your place or if you have any dietary requirements, though you can just turn up on the day.

Larger groups (20 or more) can book a private tour instead of a Monastery Talk at a time of their choosing on an Open Day, but will be charged the same rates as the large group visits & coach tour prices. Please note, very large groups may need to be split into different tours.

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Large Group Visits & Coach Tours

  • MONASTERY TALK – Enjoy a 45 minute in-depth talk about The Monastery with one of our expert guides with a Q&A at the end. Minimum 20 people: £7.50 pp.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE A - Minimum 20 people: £10 pp. Either morning Talk plus tea & coffee with a fresh danish pastry OR afternoon Talk with tea & coffee and homemade cake.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE B - Minimum 20 people: £15 pp. Morning or afternoon Talk, plus our homemade hearty soup, freshly prepared sandwiches, and tea & coffee.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE C - Minimum 30 people: £24.95 pp. Morning or afternoon Talk, plus a two course hot menu with a main course, using the freshest of local ingredients, followed by a traditional hot pudding or seasonal dessert.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE D - Minimum 30 people: £24.95 pp
    Morning or afternoon Talk, plus traditional afternoon tea, with freshly made sandwiches and scones on a cake stand, with tea or coffee.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE E - Minimum 30 people: £45.00 pp. Evening package including drinks on arrival and a delicious three course menu option of your choice, served with a glass of red, white or rose wine.
  • MONASTERY TALK PACKAGE F: An Afternoon with The Monastery Trust's co-founder and CEO, Elaine Griffiths MBE with either Afternoon Tea or a two course hot menu, £24.95 pp. Join Elaine Griffiths MBE for an exclusive Monastery experience as she explores the many intriguing stories of Gorton Monastery and the people that have shaped the site's destiny. Please enquire for details and availability.
  • MONASTERY CHRISTMAS TALKS 2019: Join us for a themed Monastery talk for £35 including welcome drink, three course meal and a glass of wine with your meal. Available on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 18th December, from 11.30am until approx. 3pm. Please enquire for further details.
  • All Monastery talks are available by pre-booking only. Final numbers and all requests must be given to the events team at least 7 days prior to the booking. Special diets are catered for with prior notice. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

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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