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The Monastery Manchester

89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF, England
+44 161 223 3211
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Well worth a visit. An impressive interior and excellent cafe. The architecture is awe inspiring... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephen H
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Excellent works evening

Very impressive building, excellent food and impressive hosting of our works dinner dance. I... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
fionagail
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Manchester, 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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89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. An impressive interior and excellent cafe. The architecture is awe inspiring and so peaceful.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Very impressive building, excellent food and impressive hosting of our works dinner dance. I wouldn’t certainly recommend this venue it’s outstandingly beautiful. The servicing of the food was very professional and complemented really good food.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Attended the marriage and reception of my nephew and his bridge. The setting was just stunning in this gloriously restored Gothic building. Outstanding cuisine and wines, excellent dancing in the evening. The service was most efficient and charming. The garden proved a perfect setting for...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

My husband & I visited the Monastery in January 2017 on a typical miserable rainy day - we viewed it once, and knew on the day it was the place we'd love to get married. We didn't need to look at any other venues. Throughout...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

It's been great to see this place come back from dereliction and to be transformed into a multi-purpose venue that is trying to maintain a sense of community and openness for a wide-range of guests. Well done to the people who made this happen! The...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

A beautiful gothic building, lovingly renovated in the heart of Garton community. Having a few hours to kill in Manchester I was glad to find this gem within walking distance from my hotel. A beautiful building that was rescued from rack and ruin and now...More

Thank Blanaid O
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Wow, what a place to hold a wedding! Words cannot describe this spectacular and stunning location. My son and his new bride could not have chosen a more beautiful setting for a winter wedding. We arrived to enjoy drinks and chat with the guests, before...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Beautiful old building restored after falling into ruin after being left empty for years. The love, time and patience that has been put into the restoration is clear to see. There are now weddings, Christmas carol concerts, functions etc which are enhanced by the beautiful...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Went to visit the Monastery with a friend who hadnt been before but I had . We both loved our visit and are only too happy to recommend it to others.Its advisable to do a little research before hand,avoid the weekend if possible and check...More

2  Thank CityGirlsixone
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Lovingly restored this building is a must see. It is known as the Taj Mahal of the UK. Their afternoon teas are lovely, there is a great shop too. It is possible hold events there from weddings, balls, smaller events too. It is truly breathtaking....More

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Eric T
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Response from bikerdave2016 | Reviewed this property |
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