The Monastery

The Monastery - The Monastery Manchester, winner of the UK's most unique venue for 3 consecutive years.

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Gorton Lane
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M12 5WF

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0161 223 3211

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The Monastery Manchester description

Commercial Venue / Wedding Venues / Business Meeting Rooms / Party Venue / Historic Venue

Extra Large (300+)

Manchester’s magnificent Monastery is Pugin’s architectural masterpiece. It sits alongside the Taj Mahal and the ancient ruins of Pompeii as having been listed in the 100 most endangered sites in the world, with a rich heritage that should never be lost.

Following a £6.5 million restoration scheme, this hidden treasure has taken its place as one of the UK’s most inspiring venues for any corporate, social or cultural occasion. Visitors remark that every space in The Monastery appears to be blessed with a feeling of well-being. It’s so real, you think you can touch it. Whoever you are, whatever you do, we extend a warm invitation to find yourself at The Monastery.

CONFERENCES

The Monastery’s inspirational Great Nave is adaptable for every size of conference, product launch or public forum. Acoustics are ideal for all levels of communication, from spoken word to audio programmes. Our in-house team are on hand to advise, so everything is perfectly set up to match your needs and ensure your event is stress-free.

WEDDINGS

At the Monastery Manchester, we can provide the perfect setting for your wedding day. This magnificent venue is breathtakingly romantic, peaceful and visually stunning, guaranteeing that your special day is truly an occasion to remember.

The unique and inspiring Grade II* listed buildings are licensed for wedding ceremonies. We can accommodate wedding parties for up to 450 guests in the majestic Great Nave. The elegant Cloisters and tranquil Archangel Garden provide perfect backdrops for beautiful, memorable wedding photographs to cherish forever.

Our talented in-house chefs source high quality, local food to create dishes that are cooked with love and served with soul. This passion spans the entire team and reflects the unique quality of The Monastery itself. Every aspect of your special day is carefully planned and executed so that all you have to do is arrive in style – and enjoy every moment.

Your love can really help make the world go around, as every event held here supports our charitable projects with the local community. Monastery income also contributes to the on-going restoration of these precious historical buildings, helping to secure a part of Manchester’s heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

The Monastery is the ideal setting for a variety of specialist weddings including Hindu, Indian and Jewish celebrations. Please contact us for details of our recommended external caterers and the relevant tariff.

Venue suitability

This venue is suitable for the following uses:

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Venue facilities

130 spaces

Within 0 meters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes - Professional (manned)

42 round tables, 12 rectangle tables

750 chairs

Yes

Yes

Yes - Manned

Other venue facilities

Yes

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Explore the rooms this venue has for hire by expanding the sections below.

The Great Nave, the main event space at the Monastery Manchester is a fusion of tradition with modern features, with the inspiring and unique architecture with under floor heating. The Great Nave has the beautiful back drop of the High Alter creating a natural stage.

Capacity

As meeting room:

320

For dining:

400

As theatre:

600

For dancing:

350

For a reception:

600

38m x 19m

Yes

Yes

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The Private Chapel is a perfect space for meetings, training courses, small ceremonies or private dining. Seating up to 60 guests, this elegant space is sure to wow your guests.

Capacity

As meeting room:

32

For dining:

40

As theatre:

60

For a reception:

60

9m x 6m

Yes

A lovely meeting room, perfect for board meetings or interviews

Capacity

As meeting room:

12

For dining:

12

6m x 4m

A beautiful space for both meetings and dining, the St Francis Suite offers lots of natural light and a lovely atmosphere.

Capacity

As meeting room:

16

For dining:

16

6m x 6m

A bright an airy conference room suitable for any type of meeting. This room is very modern and offers views of the walled gardens.

Capacity

As meeting room:

32

For dining:

40

As theatre:

60

For a reception:

60

10m x 6m

Yes

A beautiful reception space, located just seconds away from the stunning Great Nave. This area is perfect for conference lunches, pre dinner drinks, or networking events.

19m x 9m

Yes

A charming meeting room, which can accommodate up to 6 guests. The St Clare is perfect for team meetings and interviews.

Capacity

As meeting room:

6

4m x 4m

A lovely meeting room, which can accommodate up to 12 guests boardroom style.

Capacity

As meeting room:

12

For dining:

12

6m x 4m

A perfect space for meetings or dining, with windows on both sides the Pug Suite offers lots of natural day lights and views overlooking the garden.

Capacity

As meeting room:

40

For dining:

30

As theatre:

40

6m x 6m

The Community Hub is a bright airy room, which was part of the extension built in 2017. The room offer lots of natural day light as well as black out blinds. The space can accommodate up to 32 guests cabaret style or 40 theatre style.

Capacity

As meeting room:

32

As theatre:

40

For a reception:

60

9m x 6m

Yes

Upcoming events are shown below:

Wedding Venues in England Wedding Fair

13 September 2020

Wedding Fair @ The Monastery Manchester
Sunday 13th September 2020
11.00am – 3.00pm
Free entry
Free parking
Goody Bag
Wedding suppliers attending: 40
Chance to “Win a Hen Spa Package”

Exhibitor enquiries via email: claire@weddingvenuesinengland.co.uk

Website https://www.weddingvenuesinengland.co.uk/wedding-fayre/monastery-manchester-wedding-fair/

Christmas Party Night

28 November 2020

Join us for a wonderful evening in a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four course meal, and dance the night away to our inhouse DJ

£49.00 per person to include:

 Sparkling wine on arrival
 Festive 4-course meal prepared by our fantastic in house chefs
 Monastery still & sparkling mineral water
 Christmas decorations and novelties
 Live DJ and dancing until 00.30am

Timings

19:00 – Doors open and arrival drinks served
19:45 – Call through to Nave
20:00 – Dinner Served
21:30 – DJ & Dancing
00:30 – Bar close and departure

Pre-booking is essential and the dates sell out quickly, please speak to our event planners to book 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Party Night

4 December 2020

Join us for a wonderful evening in a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four course meal, and dance the night away to our inhouse DJ

£49.00 per person to include:

 Sparkling wine on arrival
 Festive 4-course meal prepared by our fantastic in house chefs
 Monastery still & sparkling mineral water
 Christmas decorations and novelties
 Live DJ and dancing until 00.30am

Timings

19:00 – Doors open and arrival drinks served
19:45 – Call through to Nave
20:00 – Dinner Served
21:30 – DJ & Dancing
00:30 – Bar close and departure

Pre-booking is essential and the dates sell out quickly, please speak to our event planners to book 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Party Night

5 December 2020

Join us for a wonderful evening in a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four course meal, and dance the night away to our inhouse DJ

£49.00 per person to include:

 Sparkling wine on arrival
 Festive 4-course meal prepared by our fantastic in house chefs
 Monastery still & sparkling mineral water
 Christmas decorations and novelties
 Live DJ and dancing until 00.30am

Timings

19:00 – Doors open and arrival drinks served
19:45 – Call through to Nave
20:00 – Dinner Served
21:30 – DJ & Dancing
00:30 – Bar close and departure

Pre-booking is essential and the dates sell out quickly, please speak to our event planners to book 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Talks and Lunch

8 December 2020

Enjoy a mulled wine on arrival, a delicious three course lunch with a glass of wine, and listen to a fabulous talk by the CEO of the Monastery, Elaine Griffiths MBE. 

£35.00 per person to include:
- Mulled wine on arrival
- Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies
- Talk by a member of our Trust Team
- Christmas Music & Optional Carol Singing
- Christmas decorations and novelties

Timings: 

11:00am – Doors Open Mulled Wine/Fruit Punch Served
11:45am – Call through to The Great  Nave
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Talk from Elaine Griffiths MBE - CEO of the Monastery 
12:45pm – 14:15pm – Lunch Served
14:30 - Singer with optional Carol Singing

Please speak to our event planners to book. 

 

 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Party Night

11 December 2020

Join us for a wonderful evening in a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four course meal, and dance the night away to our inhouse DJ

£49.00 per person to include:

 Sparkling wine on arrival
 Festive 4-course meal prepared by our fantastic in house chefs
 Monastery still & sparkling mineral water
 Christmas decorations and novelties
 Live DJ and dancing until 00.30am

Timings

19:00 – Doors open and arrival drinks served
19:45 – Call through to Nave
20:00 – Dinner Served
21:30 – DJ & Dancing
00:30 – Bar close and departure

Pre-booking is essential and the dates sell out quickly, please speak to our event planners to book 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Party Night

12 December 2020

Join us for a wonderful evening in a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four course meal, and dance the night away to our inhouse DJ

£49.00 per person to include:

 Sparkling wine on arrival
 Festive 4-course meal prepared by our fantastic in house chefs
 Monastery still & sparkling mineral water
 Christmas decorations and novelties
 Live DJ and dancing until 00.30am

Timings

19:00 – Doors open and arrival drinks served
19:45 – Call through to Nave
20:00 – Dinner Served
21:30 – DJ & Dancing
00:30 – Bar close and departure

Pre-booking is essential and the dates sell out quickly, please speak to our event planners to book 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Talks and Lunch

16 December 2020

Enjoy a mulled wine on arrival, a delicious three course lunch with a glass of wine, and listen to a fabulous talk by the CEO of the Monastery, Elaine Griffiths MBE. 

£35.00 per person to include;
- Mulled wine on arrival
- Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies
- Talk by a member of our Trust Team
- Christmas Music & Optional Carol Singing
- Christmas decorations and novelties

Timings: 

11:00am – Doors Open Mulled Wine/Fruit Punch Served
11:45am – Call through to The Great  Nave
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Talk from Elaine Griffiths MBE - CEO of the Monastery 
12:45pm – 14:15pm – Lunch Served
14:30 - Singer with optional Carol Singing

Please speak to our event planners to book. 

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Afternoon Tea

22 December 2020

Join us for a fabulous afternoon tea at The Monastery. Listen to lovely Christmas music in a fantastic atmosphere.   

£19.95 per person or £24.95 per person with a glass of Prosecco to include;

- Christmas themed Afternoon Tea served in the Great Nave
- Christmas background music by our resident flautist
- Festive decorations throughout

Speak to our events team to book

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Christmas Afternoon Tea

23 December 2020

Join us for a fabulous afternoon tea at The Monastery. Listen to lovely Christmas music in a fantastic atmosphere.   

£19.95 per person or £24.95 per person with a glass of Prosecco to include;

- Christmas themed Afternoon Tea served in the Great Nave
- Christmas background music by our resident flautist
- Festive decorations throughout

Speak to our events team to book

Website www.themonastery.co.uk

Document library:

Christmas Brochure

Join us for one of our many Christmas Events

View: tmm-xmas-2019-email.pdf (1,879,645 kB)

Floor Plans

The Monastery Manchester Floor Plans

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Menus

The Monastery Manchester Dinner Menus

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Wine List

The Monastery Manchester Wine List

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The Church and Friary of St Francis, now known as The Monastery Manchester was built between 1863 and 1872 by Franciscan monks who had come to Manchester in 1861; most of the building work was done by the friars themselves. Designed by Edward Pugin, whose father helped design the houses of Parliament, Gorton Monastery is considered to be one of his finest masterpieces. It was put on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World in 1997, alongside Pompeii, Macchu Picchu, The Valley of the Kings and the Taj Mahal. This was a milestone that led to the Monastery being recognised internationally for its architectural and spiritual significance and gave rise to the nickname of “Manchester’s Taj Mahal”.

The Monastery was the hub of religious, social and cultural activity for some 120 years - the Franciscans ran 3 schools, a theatre group, brass band, choir, youth club, successful football teams and numerous other activities for the community. Sadly, by 1989 only six elderly friars remained and the Church closed for worship. The building was sold to property developers who stripped out the Church for conversion into flats. However, this venture failed and the building was abandoned by the developers in 1993. Left unprotected, it became prey to significant vandalism and theft.

The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust was established in 1996 and, following a 12-year fundraising campaign by the charity, which still owns the building, and grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, the Architectural Heritage Fund, North West Development Agency and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the site and buildings have been saved from ruin and partly restored to create a weddings, banqueting and special events space, a conference and meeting facility and a cultural and community venue.

The Monastery Manchester is still managed by the same charitable trust that was formed in 1996, to save and restore the building from dereliction. 100% of all proceeds are reinvested into restoration and conservation of the Grade II* listed building as well as programmes for arts, education, health and well-being in the local community.   By hosting your event here at The Monastery Manchester you are helping us help others and ensuring the important historical building will be here for future generations to enjoy.

Our event planners are happy to help you with any event enquires.  Just let us know your requirements and we are happy to send over a quotation. 

Please contact our Event Planners for any more information: 

Email:  events@themonastery.co.uk 

Phone: 0161 223 3211 (Option1) 

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