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.

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Talks & Tours
At The Monastery

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.
Get 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 and 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 or your group 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 more in-depth Monastery Talk and Q&A (lasting 45mins-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 Tuesday 12th March and on the 1st Tuesday of the month from April-November 2019 with either Afternoon Tea or a two-course hot lunch.

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 either our Taste of The Monastery Tour or our Monastery Talk PACKAGE F (An Afternoon with The Monastery Trust's co-founder and CEO, Elaine Griffiths MBE).

Try a Taste of The Monastery for only £9.50pp, including a short walking tour (20 minutes) of the former Church, Friary and Garden, plus a tasty lunch in the Victorian Pantry of soup, sandwich and cake with tea or coffee.

Due to the busy festive period, we are not running any Taste of The Monastery Tours in December 2018. In 2019, our Taste of The Monastery Tours will be available:
- At 12pm on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11th March to the end of October.
- At 12pm on the 4th Sunday of every month (January-June). Sundays TBC for the 2019 Autumn/Winter season.

Pre-booking for our Monastery Talk Package F is essential. We recommend booking in advance for our Taste of The Monastery tours to guarantee your place, though you can just turn up on the day. It is essential for groups of 6 or more to book in advance. Please note, groups of more than 15 people on the Taste of The Monastery tour will need to be split into different tour groups.

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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.
    Available Tuesday 12th March and the 1st Tuesday of the month from April-November, 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.
  • MONASTERY CHRISTMAS TALK & LUNCH: Our 2018 Christmas Talks & Lunches will take place on Monday 10th December and Tuesday 18th December, 11am-3pm. Each Christmas Talk & Lunch costs £29.95pp and includes mulled wine on arrival; a festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mince pies; a talk by a member of our Trust Team; Christmas music, decorations and novelties.
  • 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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