To discuss holding your wedding or any event at The Monastery, contact Kate or Fran to arrange a personal welcome tour.

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Kate or Fran 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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Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

**The Monastery is open to the public 10am-4pm, Sun-Thu each week, with free entry, parking, onsite café and healing garden. All welcome!**


“We had the best day ever and massive congratulations to you and your team for making it so special and run smoothly. The feedback from the guests has been outstanding!! The food was amazing!! Everyone loved it!!”

Tracey & Michelle

‘We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit and lunch yesterday. Emma’s talk/presentation was really informative and interesting and she looked after us all really well…Thanks again for welcoming us and I would like to wish you all the best for your continued success in the future.’ (July,2019)

Tracey Hesketh , Pennine Trefoil Guild

“We had a lovely wedding day in June. Nancy and the team went out of their way to make sure our day ran smoothly. Beautiful venue, perfect lighting. Honoured to have had our special day at such a treasured location in Manchester.”

Melissa & Joseph

This beautiful narrative was crafted by a wonderful supporter, describing The Monastery’s 21 year journey.

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Hems de Winter

“Thank you so much for all your support, we had the best day ever, it was perfect ? Thanks again for helping to make our dream day come true.”

Jane & David

I had my wedding at The Monastery Manchester and was over the moon with the outcome of my day! Food was fantastic and the staff were very helpful. I had two fantastic wedding planners who helped organise the whole day and who were constantly there at the end of an email for me! Very professionally run and everyone had an incredible day!

Ky & Craig

“The day was beyond special and we were so happy with everything. Speaking to all our guests, they have told us how beautiful it was and it is with thanks to you and your organisational skills! We really are touched by the whole experience.”

Marianne & Steve

“Please accept our gratitude for all the work you and all the staff did at The Monastery during our wedding day.  It was a truly beautiful day and a delight for all who attended.  We were blown away with how amazing everything was managed.”

Amy & Ged

“Feedback from all of the guests were that they had a fantastic day! Best food they have had at a wedding, excellent service run like clockwork, brilliant atmosphere. We were looked after on the day and left without a worry.”

Kim & James

“Just want to say another huge thank you to you and all the team at The Monastery for putting on such a great day for us.  We had the best time and nothing but compliments from our guest about the venue.

Laura & Kyle

“It was fantastic! Absolutely amazing day! Would like to thank all the staff involved. It was an absolute privilege to get married in The Monastery!”

Ash & Alec

“The Monastery forward thinking vision of housing a permanent education hub that is a joyful place for creativity and spirituality, continues The Monastery story in a way that is both necessary and important in the modern day.”

Dr Jeannine Goh, Director and Founder, The Enchanted Child Project.

Please pass on from our society a huge thanks for our morning visit, from the excellent coffee and pastries to our talk which was so informative on the whole history of the area, and our tour of the nave. I was amazed at the progress you have made from my original very cold visit with English Heritage in the winter of 2005.

Wakefield Civic Society - Monastery Talk

Thank you to you and all the staff that helped make our day amazing. All the daytime and evening staff were fantastic. Thank you again for all your hard work and a wonderful day.

Angelina & Thomas

“We loved every minute of it & you guys were all incredible; so helpful & professional. 

We can’t thank you enough!”

Abbie & James

‘I would just like to say on behalf of myself and Jamie that we are eternally grateful to you and everyone at the Monastery for making our (my! ha!) dreams come to life. Switching to work with you was one of the best decisions I made, you have been unbelievable from start to finish. The service from all the staff on the day was fantastic and we adored Simon he is absolutely wonderful! The food was exquisite I could only see empty plates from my seat and the whole day was organised and ran to perfection. I just wish I could relive it all again.’

Jamie and Steph

“Few people at that time had any hope that this vision would come to fruition but by their dedicated work Paul and Elaine have in fact achieved the impossible. The Monastery at Gorton is a centre to be proud of and is playing a vital role in the regeneration of a poor area in Manchester.”

Terry Waite CBE

“Absolutely stunning! What a treat it was to spend the day in such palatial surroundings!”
“Easy to find, easy to park. The venue was spacious and comfortable with a beautiful outside space. It was such a treat to eat lunch in the garden.”
“Beautiful, clean, high standard, parking is great.”
“Stunning with great facilities.”
“Excellent, Gorton Monastery is a beautiful venue – and also a practical one! Great facilities.”
“Very lovely venue. Felt very welcome upon arrival. Really enjoyable conference. Would love to attend future events.”

Catalyst Psychology Conference

‘Thank you again so much for all your work and help with the planning. We really were blown away on Saturday and everything surpassed all our expectations. Lots of our guests have been saying not only what an amazing venue it is but also how incredible the food was and how seamless everything was on the day’.

Siobhan & Giuseppe

The most sincere and deep thanks for making our wedding day so special and so seamless! Ben and I had the most magical day. We loved every moment. You made the planning so easy and so fun. The running on the day was perfect. Yourself, Glen and the team were a wonderful. We are so grateful, thank you so much.

Jen and Ben, Nov 25th, 2022

‘Thank you for the warm welcome we receieved at The Monastery. Everyone enjoyed their visit and especially the information talk from Emma. We got a good overview of the history and restoration of the building. We loved all the effort that has been made to bring it back to life. The volunteers that showed us around deserve much praise as they were really knowledgable, approachable and friendly’. (March 2019)


Bury U3A Local History Group, Monastery Talk

‘We had a really good visit yesterday. The talk by Emma was very interesting and extremely informative. Please pass on our thanks to her and to the rest of your staff and volunteers who all contributed their knowledge and time towards making what everyone agreed was a very enjoyable experience.’ (March 2019)

Bolton Family History Group, Monastery Talk

‘An exceptional tour of a building that has been through luck, good management and passion. How can such a story Not make you feel better? Well being in the highest order.’


2019 Visitor Feedback

“We had an amazing time and everything was perfect. I am in love with our wedding and I can’t believe that it was ours! honestly cannot express my gratitude with words. Thank you so much, and a thousand times thank you!”

Alex and David

‘I would just like to say thank you for the welcome and friendliness we were greeted with at the Monastery yesterday. On the ride home many of the members talked about how much they enjoyed the visit and appreciated the time given by yourself (Megan), Emma and the volunteers.’ (May 2019)

Anglesey U3A, Monastery Talk

“Thank you, The Monastery and your team. You all helped us achieve a standout WOW event for our client and delegates.”

Touch Media Solutions

“I’ve not been here since my childhood and now my daughter will be married here next August. My late Mum and Dad would have been thrilled. God Bless all these people who helped restore this beautiful, Majestic Monastery to its former glory!”

Colette Mealing

‘(We) had the best day ever and it was everything and more. The Monastery will be held in our hearts forever, it’s an absolutely stunning venue. Thank you for all you help with organising the wedding with me.’

Kaden & Sophie

“The Monastery has provided inspiring opportunities to RECLAIM teenagers, such as singing in front of Prince Charles, meeting The Queen, and ensuring that our young people and staff never feel like the poor relations but rather treasured VIPs.”

Ruth Ibeguna, Founder and CEO, RECLAIM.

‘The feedback so far (on the journey home and the ladies I have seen today) has been excellent. Everyone had a wonderful day with you and Elaine’s talk was superb and very informative. The food was delicious and I did ask that our thanks were passed on to the chef who prepared the lunch for us. Thank you so much for a very memorable day.’ (April 2019)

St. Mary's Ladies, Monastery Talk

‘This was my second visit here and was just as enjoyable and informative. Stayed for afternoon tea with my friend which was perfect. Will be back again.’

Afternoon Tea Visitor Feedback

‘We all enjoyed our visit on Tuesday. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. The talk was excellent. Please thank the people who made our visit so enjoyable.’ (April 2019)

Sheffield U3A, Monastery Talk

”We all had a lovely time thank you very much. The talk was fascinating and everyone was buzzing getting back on the coach. It must be a great place to work.” (February 2019)

Judith from The Oddfellows, Monastery Talk

“We had the most amazing day and loved every single minute. Your staff were incredible and our friends and family all commented on the beautiful venue and brilliant staff. Just wish we could do it all again!”

Heather & Colin

Announcing The Monastery as winner of the prestigious  Positive Action Disability Awareness Award:  “The Monastery has proved that it is perfectly possible to properly accommodate people with Disability in a Grade II* Heritage building.”

Dave Thompson MBE DL MBA

“The event was absolutely fantastic and the guests have given nothing but outstanding feedback on the venue.”


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