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Easter at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Join us for Servant School, Easter crafts and family activities in the beautifully restored home of Manchester’s most famous Victorian author.

“There was Easter proper, which always required new clothing of some kind, for fear of certain consequences from little birds, who were supposed to resent the impiety of those who do not wear some new article of dress on Easter-day…So piety demanded a new bonnet, or a new gown”

Elizabeth Gaskell, from Wives and Daughters

Sunday 7 April, 1-3pm

Make Victorian-style Easter cards to give to family and friends.

Wednesday 10 April, 1-3pm

Servant School – come along and meet our household servants, Hearn and Margaret. Take on some light servant duties and earn your Servant School Certificate!

Wednesday April 17, 1-3pm

Make Victorian-style Easter cards to give to family and friends.

Sunday April 21 (Easter Sunday), 11am – 4pm

Take part in our Easter Egg trail throughout the House, and help to decorate our Easter Tree.


Dressing up, activity baskets and the Cranford the Cat trail are also available. Free parking for up to 3 hours on the road next to the house. Tea Room will be open selling a selection of drinks and cakes.

Tickets £4/£5 (under 16s free) £1 for the craft activity. No need to book.


Sun 7th Apr -
Sun 21st Apr 1pm - 3pm

Family Friendly

We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.