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 Every Day between 11am- 4pm (except Saturdays) with free entry & free parking. Visitors are most welcome to call in between 11 and 4pm and visit the Heritage Corner but we cannot guarantee that the Great Nave will always be available.

Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Café & Shop are open between 11 and 4pm. Tours and talks can also be pre-booked on these open 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.

Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (no minimum numbers but pre-booking for Afternoon Tea is essential). Larger groups of 6 or more can book Afternoon Tea from Sunday to Friday throughout the year.

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