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.

A miraculous transformation

The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust was established 21 years ago and is still responsible today for our iconic and magnificent building. The transformation from a state of near dereliction to an award-winning centre of inspiration has been an incredible tale of almost miraculous achievement.

Sharing the story

We were once listed as one of the world’s 100 most endangered sites, alongside the Taj Mahal. Our success has been underpinned by both generous funders and the income generated from weddings and other wonderful events. All of these efforts were for the single purpose of ‘sharing the story’ of the heritage we have protected.

 

 

Visit The Monastery: A Pugin Masterpiece

We’re open to the public throughout the year: you can pre-book a tour, attend an event, enjoy lunch or a sumptuous afternoon tea in our amazing Victorian Pantry. For more information on events held at The Monastery please visit our Events Diary.


The Monastery aims to be open Sunday to Friday between 10am-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 Cafe has relocated to the Welcome Wing and is open from 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday). Please note, the cafe will be closed on Fridays 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th August. Pre-booked Afternoon Teas will still be served in the traditional settings of the Victorian Pantry.


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.


A regular programme of community, health, well-being and family activities is also available for everyone to enjoy. Our affordable Community Rooms can be pre-booked for use 7 days of the week between 9am and 5.30pm.

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