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Visited as part of a Literary England tour. As a literary landmark, the House is somewhat of a bust, as it has very few furnishings or writings that belonged... read more to the Gaskells. However it is a wonderfully restored Regency suburban tract house, built for the...More
A few weeks ago I visited with 3 family members on a quiet Sunday afternoon. The house is easy to find by car and there was free parking right outside.... read more With regards to inside, the house is a wonderful tribute to the past, and to the Gaskell family. Beautifully maintained; it's like stepping back into the past and Mrs Gaskell herself could be writing in the next room. The guides were all so lovely and helpful. Sometimes when you visiting museums, the atmosphere is a little stuffy and uncomfortable but this is absolutely not the case here. I enjoyed viewing the rooms and listening to the stories about times gone by and famous literary visitors to the property. The Ruskin exhibition in an upstairs room is wonderful and I can't wait to return to visit the bedroom that is currently being refurbished. Downstairs is the second hand book sale and lovely tea room/gift shop. Lovely and clean and all COVID rules being followed. It was a lovely visit and the house is a little gem just a stone's throw from the bustle of Manchester city centre. Tickets last for 12 months so I hope to return next year. Well done to all involved in the upkeep of the house.
What a superb venue giving a real feel for the life of one our foremost victorian lady authors.Particularly impressed with the guides in each room only too willing to spend... read more time with visitors conveying their tremendous knowledge in a skilled informative manner.I was really impressed and pleased I made the effort to enjoy this showpiece house
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I grew up close by and finally decided to visit with my three children aged between 12 and 1. The staff were really friendly and great with kids. I was... read more dubious about my boisterous 7 year old running riot, but he really enjoyed it. The staff were all passionate and knowledgeable about the Gaskells, the building and even what plants are grown in the grounds. The building and gardens are amazing and there's even a tearoom. I can't recommend this enough. Not often I find something for the whole family to enjoy. Definitely worth a visit.
A beautiful house (inside and out) ten minutes from Oxford Road. The 197 passes the door and the 50 just round the corner. A lot going on - talks, recitals... read more (pre-Covid), even a second-hand book market. A veritable cultural hub. Volunteers in every room- very friendly and helpful. A first-class visitor ex