St Mary's (The Hidden Gem)


St Mary's (The Hidden Gem) review 1 Users say 5/5 Rate it

The aptly named Hidden Gem - founded in 1794 and claimed to be the oldest post-Reformation Catholic church in the country - is approached either from the drably unimaginative Brazennose Street or, more enticingly, via a pair of decorated alleyways leading from John Dalton Street.

Outside, an impressively sculpted stone arch haloes the entrance doorway, while inside, Royal Academician Norman Adams' beautiful Stations of the Cross series of paintings adorns the walls. It's a busy functioning church, so visitors should show discretion if just sightseeing. Check ahead for times of services.

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St Mary's (The Hidden Gem) details

Mulberry Street,
M2 6LN

Area City Centre

Transport Metrolink St Peter's Square, or City Centre buses, or Deansgate or Oxford Road rail

Telephone 161 834 3547

St Mary's (The Hidden Gem) website

Open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat. Exposition 10am-4pm Mon-Sat. Mass 12.30pm Mon-Fri; noon, 5.15pm Sat; 10.15am, noon Sun

Admission free

St Mary's (The Hidden Gem) map

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By Julie Burgess - Dec 2 2012

Beautiful Church known as the Hiddaen Gem because it is just that, a gem, almost hidden in Manchester. My Gran took me there regularly as a child and I love to go now. Gran married there in 1933 and it was her parish church as a child growing up in Salford. So peaceful in the middle of a busy city.