Elizabeth Gaskell's House


Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Welcome to the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s very own literary house, a truly hands-on experience that will introduce you to the world of the writer and her family through historic period rooms, the award-winning garden, expert guides and changing exhibitions. Very few objects are out of bounds and there’s always a seat to rest weary legs. Young and old visitors can dress up, follow family trails and enjoy tea and cake on beautiful mismatched china.

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Elizabeth Gaskell's House
84 Plymouth Grove, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Access ramp to main entrance and lifts to all floors, Braille guide book, wide doorways and flat surfaces. Accessible toilet on first floor and in basement. Garden surfaces are flat. Disabled parking available on site - must be pre-booked.
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: House, Garden and Tea Room open every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am - 4.30pm. (Closes for 2 weeks over Christmas)

About the area

Discover Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester conurbation incorporates the towns of Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan, and has the vibrant city of Manchester as its administrative headquarters.

Manchester was founded in Roman times, and developed during the 17th century as a textile town, becoming the centre of the English cotton industry. Its magnificent Victorian Gothic public buildings are reminders of Manchester’s prosperous heyday. The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894, linking the Mersey with the sea and bringing ocean-going vessels into Manchester, enabling the city to compete with its rival, Liverpool.

The city of Manchester today is alive with a vibrant youth culture (it has England’s largest student population), a flourishing club scene, and a whole range of multi-cultural festivals and events. To take in the atmosphere, take a stroll around one of Britain’s largest Chinatowns, or wander down to Rusholme to take in the tempting aromas of curry houses and browse among the sari shops, Asian grocers and Indian sweet shops. The city is also home to the world’s longest-running soap opera – Coronation Street.

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