The Monastery Manchester
The Monastery Manchester
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This former church and Franciscan friary has been described as architect Edward Welby Pugin's masterpiece. Derelict for many years, it was saved from ruin by the charity and building preservation trust that still maintains and operates the site to this day. Today, The Monastery operates as a venue for hire and heritage visitor attraction. All proceeds from venue hire go towards the preservation and restoration of the site. The Monastery aims to be open to the public every Sunday to Thursday between 10am-4pm with free parking and free entry, however, we do kindly ask for a donation to support the amazing ongoing work of the Trust. The Monastery is closed on Fridays and Saturdays for exclusive weddings and private events. Please always check our website before visiting in case of any unexpected closures. On behalf of all The Monastery team we look forward to welcoming you very soon!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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4.5 of 5 bubbles303 reviews
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Well it certainly wasn’t ‘Luxurious’ Elvis was good and played his part well, however a show that should have started at 12 started at 1235 and finished at 1345. The food was embarrassing with stale bread and dry scones. 2 small bottles of peroni and a small white wine and lemonade £16.50! It all felt a little commercial and far too expensive for what you ‘got’. I over heard a member of staff chatting with a waitress saying ‘we’ve got an hour to get them out, covers replaced and ready for the Buble concert!! Enjoyed the music but certainly wouldn’t bother again unless there were many improvements. Don’t be taken advantage of!
Written October 15, 2022
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Thank you for your comments, we're sorry to hear you did not enjoy the food and drinks on offer that day Mark and I've passed your concerns over to our catering team. Re: timings, unfortunately, the Elvis performer was late arriving that day, which is why the timings were thrown off for that show. Whilst we always do our best to deliver a wonderful experience, we do accept that sometimes, things can go wrong. We offer our sincerest apologies and invite you to contact us directly and we'll do our best to address your concerns personally.
Written January 20, 2023
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Paul A
Stockport, UK
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We went to see Queen by Candlelight yesterday evening. Regrettably, it was an awful experience from start to finish - or at least until the interval when we left. Doors opened 7.15 but corralled in waiting area while they did a sound check (but not obvious during the performance). Let in nearly 25 mins later causing a cattle market round the bar, creating difficulty for those accessing rows above N. Could have accepted the excessive volume but for distorted and screechy sound, especially from the female voice. The tunes were occasionally recognisable, but the overall experience was like a mass karaoke with nobody able to make out the words. A great pity as we had been looking forward to the event for months.
Written November 27, 2022
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Thank you for your detailed feedback @1001st, we're very disappointed to hear you did not enjoy the Queen by Candlelight show and found the sound quality to be poor. We'll raise your issues with the organisers of this event so they can investigate - and resolve - any problems. We're particularly sad to hear that you'd been looking forward to this event for months and it did not meet your expectations. Please feel free to contact us directly and we'll do our best to resolve your complaint personally. Respectfully yours, the Monastery team.
Written January 20, 2023
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Eleanor S
Salford, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Jersey boys plus afternoon tea was something I booked for a friends birthday in January 2022
We were right at the back with the bar queue impinging on our table
Acoustics really bad also and given I had booked so far in advance had hoped for a better table ( no choice given when booking about table allocation)
Afternoon tea was poor. Frozen and soggy quiche with stale sandwiches and mass produced cake. Not at all worth the money paid . Lukewarm coffee and tea and kept having to pester staff for more milk and refreshed beverages as once the pot emptied no hurry at all to bring out more.
Event was listed as ending at 5.45 but jersey boys ended at 5.15 so felt it wasn’t at all worth the money paid
Disappointed as had looked forward to it for ages 😞
Written April 9, 2022
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Hi Eleanor, thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We're very disappointed to hear about all of the issues you report. We'd be absolutely willing to address all of it, resolve it in the best way possible and above all, learn from any mistakes that were made. Please feel free to reach out to us personally and we'll be very happy to discuss and offer solutions. Kind regards, the Monastery team.
Written April 29, 2022
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Sarr25
Manchester, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Monastery is a beautiful building and we were really looking forward to the Queen anthems by candlelight.
We paid £65 for 2 in row X so a few rows from the back & we could not see the candle lights. In fact the lights dimmed slightly but it’s not like in a theatre when the lights go down and there’s silence. Lots of people were chatting amongst themselves it was quite noisy and the music was nowhere near loud enough the acoustics were poor. Chairs were packed tightly & people were up and down to the bar. It was not good value and we will not be attending another concert there.
Written March 14, 2023
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Hi @Ali-M-Robbo, we're so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your evening of Queen by candlelight. It's true, these shows are sociable events, with people moving around, often dancing and singing along, so you're quite right, it's not at all like going to the theatre. These events also sell out, so they are very busy too. The acoustics in the Monastery are a peculiarity of its design, which was intended to amplify natural sound with a lot of reverb. Our sound team do everything possible to work with the space, whilst respecting our neighbours, and we're sorry if it did not meet your expectations. We always want our guests to have a great time and always happy to address any issues directly. If you'd like to discuss your experience with a member of our team, please feel free to call or send us an email and we'll do our best to resolve any grievance. Respectfully yours, the Monastery team.
Written April 20, 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Elvis afternoon tea, well Elvis was good. The afternoon tea was poor, hard sandwiches, small cakes little effort. We were on a table of 10 with one small pot of tea and a pot of coffee, and very small jug of milk. It would have been better to have a hot drink with the food, we did ask for more tea but the extra tea came well after the food. The entertainment was great the Elvis singer was really good and engaging. Very good atmosphere however very cold in the venue everyone had their coats on. Not sure I would go again.
Written February 19, 2022
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Hi Carol, thanks for taking the trouble to leave your comments. We're really sorry to hear that your afternoon tea was below the usually high standard we strive for. We're always willing to listen and improve and grateful for honest feedback. Please feel free to contact us directly about the issues you mention and we hope you'll let us resolve them. Warmest wishes from the Monastery team.
Written April 29, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Having learnt of the fall and rise of Gorton's St Francis Monastery online and on TV, I was delighted to be able to finally see this amazing building in person. The architecture is stunning.... tributes to Elaine Griffiths vision and the skilled craftsmen and women who have recued this priceless jewel from oblivion...well worth a visit!!
Written August 9, 2022
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Thank you so much for that wonderful review Gary, we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and will pass your kind words over to our hard-working team!
Written November 14, 2022
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Tonight we went to the Fleetwood Mac by Candlelight. Staff tried hard though a bit disorganised. Our doorman was super friendly and helpful. However, I will say this is not a concert or show or has the expected ambience of a candle lit performance. It is an open bar with music on the side which turned into a dance fest for some. The sound quality was so bad my ears hurt throughout and for two hours afterwards. It was like listening to music on a small tinny hi fi system on full volume so the sound distorts and the vibrations shake your body. It's a shame as there was an occasional snippet of genius in the singing that was lost in the blur. I have been to concerts and shows which included a rock band in a cathedral and also other church buildings in the past. These performances used the beautiful acoustics afford to these buildings without the need for over kill amplification and produced an amazing sound experience. Somehow this team have missed that opportunity? When people sat down at first in their chairs you could see the anticipation and desire to sing along which waned rapidly in my row. Two people left after song two, more people left and passed us in the aisles. We left at the interval. Considering this show has been going a couple of years you would expect more of the technical team at least. I may have a high bar to reach having seen the Mac live but some of the songs were damaged? Disappointed.
Written April 8, 2023
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Hello @471sap, we're sorry to hear about your issues with the Fleetwood Mac by Candlelight show. We've passed your comments to the team and rest assured they are working hard to find a solution to the sound issues you mentioned. Please feel free to contact us personally if you would like to discuss this further, we're always very disappointed to hear when a guest to the Monastery has had anything less than a wonderful experience and always happy to try and resolve any problems. Respectfully yours, the Monastery team.
Written May 15, 2023
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Marilyn Hartley
Cheadle Hulme, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was part of the Stockport Red Hatters group of ladies who went on the walking tour of Gorton Monastery yesterday. Our guide Graham was for informative along with his local knowledge gave us an insight of this beautiful building. There are displays to see as you walk around with lots of information. Lunch from the cafe was very nice, would definitely put it on the list as a place to call in for lunch.
There is also plenty of free car parking.
Written November 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us that wonderful feedback, @Gematice. We remember your group very fondly and it was our pleasure to host you all. I'll be sure to pass your comments to Graham and we very much look forward to seeing you all on your next visit.
Written January 20, 2023
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Neil L
Manchester, UK
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Went to the Queen by Candlelight concert tonight. After the 1st song I thought there had been a murder, but after further performances realised it was a serial killing. Left at interval. Stunning venue though but would have preferred a bit more space between seats
Written November 27, 2021
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Thanks for your review, @neill and sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Queen by Candlelight. We're always happy to address any issues visitors have so please feel free to contact us directly if you'd like us to address your issue personally. Kind regards, the Monastery team.
Written April 29, 2022
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Glenys236
United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Our ladies group had lunch and a guided tour of Gorton Monastery by Graham, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We learned about the history of the building and the monks who had inhabited it during it's time as a monastery.

There were lots of displays in the corridors to read, which were very helpful.

Would definitely recommend a visit, the lunch was lovely and all the volunteers helpful and informative.
Written January 18, 2023
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Hello @Glenys236, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your lovely feedback. It was a delight to host your group and will be sure to pass your comments over to our wonderful guide, Graham and to the volunteers & cafe staff and look forward to welcoming you and the ladies back on your next visit. Warmest regards to you from the whole Monastery team :)
Written January 20, 2023
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