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“beautiful setting for wedding”

The Monastery Manchester
Ranked #43 of 188 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 17 June 2014

Just been to family wedding here such a spectacular setting beautiful courtyard, great food and service for meal, shame about miserable staff on bar after !!

Thank cazza p
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Just beautiful , lovely building beautifully restored. A credit to all the people who gave their time to restore it.

Thank Redjoe
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very tranquil and peaceful place, fell asleep whilst looking at a picture there, one of the monks woke me up and offered me a prayer, I thanked him and felt blessed

1  Thank sarah m
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

10 years worth of fund raising from volunteers has turned this from a neglected wreck to an icon of standing - majestic, stunning- go and see this masterpiece of architecture- many events and read the story of its renovation. Plenty of parking, 5 minutes from city. Beautiful. I went to a concert and the accoustics are great- why does noone use this as a venue to record?

2  Thank 25msg
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Attended wedding at the monastery. Beautiful coloured lighting and candles so it was very romantic. Food was excellent.

Thank Jeannetta
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