Overview

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family.

Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio.

This beautifully restored family home has spectacular period rooms and re-imagined garden for visitors to enjoy. The House, combined with the story of Elizabeth Gaskell as a writer, public figure and private person, provides a unique and engaging experience.

Take the opportunity to browse the books in William Gaskell's study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. The majority of the furniture and objects can be touched and used, providing a very rare and hands-on experience. 

Ring the doorbell and stand on the same doorstep as many of Elizabeth's famous friends. ask one of our friendly volunteers for a Cranford the Cat exploration trail and discover what life was like in a Victorian House.

Go down into the Servants' Hall where you can dress up as Charles Dickens, Hearn the Housekeeper or even Elizabeth herself. 

Located in what was originally the kitchen and Servants' Hall, the Tea Room and shop are in the light and airy basement of the House. Join us for freshly brewed tea and coffee and delicious cake served in style on vintage china.

Browse our collection of new and second-hand books, or pick up a literary themed souvenir of your visit.


Opening
Opening

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm) Excluding two weeks over Christmas when the House closes.

See website for details.

Find Us
Find us

Situated 1.5 miles from Manchester City Centre. 

Several buses pass by the House (197, 191), or within a short walk. Oxford Road and Piccadilly Railway stations are both 1.5 miles away. Direct buses run from each.

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

  • There is free parking for up to 3 hours on the streets around the house.

Taxi

Street cars 0161 228 7878

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Brail leaflets and signage
  • Touch tours
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers private and bespoke group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays- this must be booked in advance.

Contact enquiries@elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk or call 0161 273 2215


Things to See

Fun Facts

Visitors to the House include Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, the American abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, Beatrix Potter, the conductor Charles Halle and many other prominent Victorians.

Elizabeth also corresponded with Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.

Known for her shyness, Charlotte Bronte is said to have hidden behind the curtain when she wanted to avoid meeting a guest of Elizabeth's.


Weddings

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can provide a unique and stunning backdrop for your wedding ceremony and celebrations.

From the cosy, book lined study to the grand drawing room with its Boudoir Grand piano we have a variety of small to medium sized period rooms to choose from.

Our light and airy basement (the former servants hall and tea room) are ideal for afternoon tea, drinks receptions and buffets, and more formal catering can also be arranged.

The restored gardens with its mix heritage and native planting schemes is an ideal backdrops for photography and a pleasant place to mingle with guests on your special day.

The house can accommodate up to 35 people in the wedding party.

Prices start from £500 for two hours exclusive use of the house on a Friday or Saturday. Other days are available although exclusivity may be restricted to certain times as the house may also be open to the public.

We have a choice of Victorian period rooms to choose from for the ceremony and the servants hall area is available for drinks receptions and the wedding breakfast. The house has its own bar serving a selection of wines, craft beers and hot & cold drinks.

Facilities

  • Accessible parking

The whole experience was made all the better by how lovely you all were at the house. Your team were so friendly, so welcoming and so bright and smiley. You went to a great deal of trouble to make the afternoon very special and it could not have been better.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers a unique historic and intimate venue for your meeting, event or conference.

Just a short distance from Oxford Road and the city centre, this beautifully restored historic house offers a choice of seminar rooms and Victorian period rooms, each accommodating up to 35 people and with use of deluxe screens or projectors and screens.

The house is accessible with lifts to all floors and disabled parking onsite. Hearing loops are also available in some rooms.

Each room can take a maximum of 35 people theatre style and 26 conference style – all room hires include the use of a large screen or projector & screen.

Half day room hire – £75 +VAT

Full day room hire – £140 +VAT

£30 per room +VAT for unlimited tea, coffee and water throughout the duration of your meeting or event.

We can also provide a buffet lunch on request.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Hearing loops
  • Refreshments

School Visits

Learning is central to our ethos at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, building on the legacy of Elizabeth Gaskell and her family.

Our hands on approach and relaxing environment means we are an inspiring, sensory and creative space for learners of all ages.

Early years: Storytime at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House An interactive, hands on story time session inspired by Beatrix Potter, a childhood visitor to Plymouth Grove. Children will play with Victorian toys, enjoy a story in our hands on Period Room and take part in a craft activity. Curriculum areas: Literacy, art and design.

KS1. Through the keyhole at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Who lived in a house like this? Through a variety of playful and hands on activities pupils will discover more about Elizabeth Gaskell, her family and her Victorian home. Using Victorian household objects, toys and replica costume pupils will compare and contrast life in Victorian times to today. Curriculum areas: History, literacy, drama, science.

KS2. The Interruptions of Home. Through a variety of historical enquiry and drama activities pupils will discover who lived in 84 Plymouth Grove in 1860 and what their lives can tell us about the Victorians. These activities are based on extracts from Elizabeth Gaskell’s brilliantly descriptive letters and pupils will bring to life the characters from these letters using replica objects and costumes. Curriculum areas: History, drama, literacy.

KS2. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House: Now and then. Discover how 84 Plymouth Grove has changed through time. Through hands on exploration using objects and historical documents, pupils will discover facts about the restoration of a significant local history site and the life of Elizabeth Gaskell. Using detective skills pupils will piece together evidence to illustrate the history of the House through different periods in time. Curriculum areas: History, literacy, geography.


Filming Opportunities

The House, now a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 on the outer edge of the growing city.

It was built as part of a new suburban development planned by Richard Lane and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester.

The House has been restored to how it would have looked in 1857 and has three period rooms - a book lined Study, drawing room with boudoir grand piano and Dining room.

Other rooms are also available for filming including a basement area which was the servants' hall and kitchen.