Summer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, we have a summer of trails and games for all the family when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The perfect day out for all ages.
Enjoy some family time to relax and unwind
Take some time to relax in the beautiful Victorian garden of one of our greatest novelists. Spend some time with the kids to explore our historic garden on the garden trail by scanning the QR codes to learn fun facts, play games, tell jokes and find out ways you can help to support wildlife and reduce your carbon emission at home. (We also have a paper version of the garden trail so don’t worry if you don’t have a phone to scan the codes.)
During the summer holidays we have Victorian family games like croquet and skittles on the lawn and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden.
Inside our Victorian House we have our much-loved Cranford the Cat Trail, dressing-up for all ages, activity baskets and colouring sheets in the basement.
The important stuff
We are very family-friendly and encourage your little ones to feel at home around the House. The best bit is that all activities are included in admission and children under 16 are free with a paying adult. Adults are £7 per person and tickets are valid for 12 months so you can return as many times as you want within the year. Booking is advised.
Buggies and prams are welcome throughout the House and garden (we have a lift and ramped entrance), there are baby change facilities and the House is breastfeeding-friendly.
Drinks (including cordial with free refills), cakes and snacks are available to buy from the Tea Room. We have a limited food offer so you are welcome to bring a picnic.
We are approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road.
The House is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm (last entry 3pm).