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The Monastery Manchester

89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF, England
+44 161 223 3211
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loved it.the friendly greeting,the cafe,nice and fresh,friendly girl,reasonable priced,and the... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
very ornate and friendly staff

All that is left from the original monastery is the nave but the altar is beautiful and the saints... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Preston, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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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 3 July 2017

loved it.the friendly greeting,the cafe,nice and fresh,friendly girl,reasonable priced,and the monastery it self was uplifting as i sat,nice and quiet,lit candles and there is an out side bit.a shop but what i bought was apart as i unwrapped it outside box.so check .so back tomorrow..i...More

Thank bettercup
Reviewed 29 June 2017

All that is left from the original monastery is the nave but the altar is beautiful and the saints are all back in their niches. Even thugh the area is used for award ceremonies and the like you can still feel the power of prayer....More

Thank bikerdave2016
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I can not say enough about the Monastery in Manchester and how special all the staff there made our wedding day. Not only is the Monastery an absolutely stunning venue, the sympathetic renovation work which continues enhances it's natural beauty. Quite simply the Great Nave...More

Thank Rachael T
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I went here not for jollies, but as a work conference, and I've got to tell you about it because it was such a pleasant surprise. It's one of those buildings in Manchester that look foreboding, Victorian, and remind you of dark Satanic mills. It's...More

Thank Beverley B
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Gorton Monastery is a very beautiful building and from the outside is understated I was there for brother inlaw wedding the restoration in side has to be seen the Monastery is open for visitors where you get to see a lot more

Thank Grumpy854
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This place, which in the past has been a church, is now mainly a hire venue for all sorts of celebrations, dinners and the like. We simply went there for its historic value, after reading that it is listed in the World Monuments Fund Watch...More

Thank gourmet_ou_gourmand
Reviewed 10 May 2017

The National Blood service held a lunch at this venue for those of us who had donated 100/200 pints of blood. We had a delicious 2 course lunch served by very efficient staff. The venue was delightful & we were able to roam around &...More

Thank oakgrove62
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We attended an Asian pre-wedding party (mendhi) here last Friday for my nephew. I didn't realise there could be such a stunning venue in Gorton. The catering was 3rd party so we never got the chance to sample what the venue could provide. We are...More

Thank Imran Y
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I managed to visit it with some family relatives from South America who were amused with such rich architecture! It was in construction at this time so we only saw it from outside, must come back...

Thank AndreiaFMelo
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing place, ideal wedding venue, the waiters and the waitress were top and professional xxx 5 star performance of all the team thank you

Thank Bernardandtrish
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