Manchester Monastery


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Designed by Edward Pugin and built between 1863 and 1867, this spectacular piece of ecclesiastical architecture, which was originally the Monastery of St Francis, served as a focus for the local community for over a century.

Falling attendances (and declining numbers of monks) meant it was abandoned by the Franciscan order in 1989, and thereafter stripped of its contents by successive property developers, vandals and art thieves. A decade later, it was on the World Monuments Fund list of the globe's 100 most endangered sites.

Much of the pilfered statuary has since been recovered, and a £6.5 million renovation in 2007 saw the building restored to its former glory. It now houses concerts, weddings and conferences, and runs regular tours.

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Manchester Monastery details

Gorton Lane,
M12 5WF

Area South Manchester

Transport Bus 205, 206, or Ashburys rail

Telephone 161 223 3211

Manchester Monastery website

Open noon-4pm Sun

Admission free. Tours from £5

Manchester Monastery map

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Comments & ratings 5/5 (Average of 3 ratings)

By ann from manchester - Sep 21 2014

went for a tour here amazing place.great venue for a wedding.staff very helpful.

By shcorn2 - Jan 22 2014

An amazing gem in an unexpected area of Manchester. Watched this building disintegrate on my train journeys into Manchester during the mid 70's. Thanks for the incredible work in renovating this important piece of history. Lend your support by paying a visit and leaving a little donation .

By Alan Bullows - May 22 2012

Stunning gothic building , it took me 50 yrs before I visited the site but what a sight for sore eyes !!!!!!!!!!! Alan Bullows mcr .