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The Monastery Manchester

89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF, England
+44 161 223 3211
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Local history at its best

Visited with friends who have an interest in local history. Beautifully restored... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sylvia J
Bury, United Kingdom
Surprise trip!

Only had an hour but will definitely go back! What a beautiful place and well restored with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sara H
via mobile
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Edward Pugin, one of the leading architects of the day and whose father Augustus was the architect for the Houses of Parliament, was commissioned to design and build the imposing church and friary on Gorton Lane by the Franciscans in 1863. The Franciscans left the site in 1989 and after a failed attempt by a developer to convert the buildings into apartments the buildings were finally handed over to the care of the Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust in 1996 after 7 years of neglect. The Grade II* Monastery's £6.5 million restoration was funded by major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, English Heritage, and private donations. Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the Architectural Heritage Fund. The doors to the magnificent grade II* listed building will open to visitors every day (except Saturdays & some other dates we are closed to private events - please check our website). The building will be open from 11am – 4pm for everyone to enjoy what is widely considered to be one of Manchester’s most architecturally significant buildings. Visitors can find out more about the intriguing story of this fascinating heritage site, once nicknamed Manchester’s Taj Mahal for being one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF, England
+44 161 223 3211
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited with friends who have an interest in local history. Beautifully restored building explained well by placards. The film about the restoration was well presented. The altar is a wonderful site. Visited cafe to discuss all our findings. Well one all those volunteers.

Thank Sylvia J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Only had an hour but will definitely go back! What a beautiful place and well restored with fantasist stage answering my sons questions. Didn't try the coffee shop but will be going back again to try it there!

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A venue with the most amazing history. A true Mancunian treasure. Well worth visiting. An excellent venue for all manner of occasions including events, weddings, film locations, conferences. It's grandeur with a capital G.

Thank Alexis T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Passed this building while at work going job to job and was amazed at the size of it, me and my wife decided to go today and pay it a visit and we were so glad that we did, it is amazing after watching a...More

Thank mole1959
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monastery is well worth a visit. It has been beautifully an lovingly restored to a very high standard. The Victorian Pantry is a peaceful place to eat with plenty of choice. The sandwiches were delicious and served by a lovely waitress. All the staff...More

Thank Janet T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting Manchester the you will not be disappointed in a visit to The Monastery in Gorton. The grandeur of the building is breathtaking and the history of this place is just as interesting. If you are planning a wedding there are not...More

1  Thank Delma Y
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I love visiting the Monastery, my Grandfather was an alter boy here when he was a little boy over 80 years ago. The Monastery itself is a magnificent beautifully restored building well worth the visit & it is also an amazing venue for functions ....More

Thank LeiseD
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It was such a surprise to see the monastery in the middle of a busy city such as Manchester. It has been restored many years ago but this kind of work never ends so it keeps transforming. The inner courtyard is beautiful and there is...More

Thank 277Izzy
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A warm welcome from very friendly informative staff. Lots of history here and what an enormous task to get this wonderful building back in use. Well worth a visit and th he Victorian Pantry has some lovely scones! Unusual items for sale in the shop....More

1  Thank Sue T
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This has been a lengthy restoration project and has a great story. A good place for a visit with plenty to see including the Nave with recently returned 12 apostle statues and cloister garden - now fully enclosed for the first time in many years

Thank Madalyn H
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