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“Victorian Masterpiece.”

The Monastery Manchester
Ranked #39 of 190 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 8, 2012

A former monastery which fell into disuse and a sad state if disrepair. Now, due to the work and dedication of a small group of dedicated people, renovated to provide a centre for community use. Functions, such as weddings, business meetings, concerts etc, now held in this beautiful building.

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

High ceilings, some big stonework and some stained glass make this a striking venue.

Quite a lot of the stained glass is now replaced with plain which is a shame.

Lack of any soft furnishing make the hall acoustics very challenging with a lot of echo - definitely not good if trying to deliver important messages.

Service and food was normal corporate entertainment level.

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