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The Monastery Manchester
Ranked #29 of 203 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 November 16, 2017 via mobile

Firstly the most beautifully restored Edward Pugin building of great historical importance, on of only 2 Pugin buildings in the Northwest the other was designed by his father (both architects)
Magnificent place to have such an event with high gothic arches and such a feeling of space.
Not sure who did the catering on the night but sadly not great food.
If you do attend an event at this beautiful place, I would advise taking a wrap or jacket as depending on where you sit it can be a bit cold from draughts.
All in all I would certainly hold an event at the special place but with different catering.
Very easy to get to and loads of parking on site.

Thank EMS5875
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

A lovely place to visit, a hidden gem in the middle of Gorton and beautiful building and well worth a visit

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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic venue for a trade show, plenty of free parking next to venue. Sympathetic restoration to the building incorporating modern services.

Thank Aquamar
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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Visited the cafe (food very nice, not a huge choice and no hot food). All the staff at the venue were very friendly and informative about the Monastery. Beautiful building which we were told we could walk around as there were no events on and what a beautiful place it is. Will be returning soon.

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

This building was in a desperate state before the renovation started years ago. Many original features have been saved of this Pugin gothic masterpiece and where the original buildings were too badly gone the buildings are sympathetically in keeping. The monastery is in totally the wrong place for tourists so if you are not in the car get your travel to and from the monastery sorted out.

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