“I exited the house as if if just visited a dear friend. The guides were so knowledgeable and talked about the house and Elizabeth Gaskell with such warmth”

Opening Times

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 11-4.30pm (last entry 3pm/Tea Room closes at 4pm)

Please book in advance where possible. Tickets can be booked up to a month in advance.

An average visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House lasts approximately 2 hours with a visit to the Tea Room. If you are looking for a longer day out take a look at other cultural attractions and museums in the Oxford Road Corridor area.

Admission Charges

Standard admission: £6.50
Students/NHS Staff/visitors with disabilities/registered unemployed: £5.50
Children under 16: Free, when accompanied by an adult.
Northern Museums Volunteer Pass holders- Free entry (please select the ‘EGH Volunteer or partner organisation volunteer’ option when booking online and bring your pass on the day) 

Tickets are valid for 12 months from date of purchase – visitors must show their ticket when visiting.

Free entry to Historic House members – membership cards must be shown on entry. You can join Historic Houses via this link – please quote the referral code ELIZ15.

Credit and debit card payments/contact-less payments are accepted and encouraged.


The Tea Room and toilets are fully open. Accessible toilets on the lower ground and first floor. Baby change facilities on the lower ground floor.

Our address is 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW


Contact Us on 0161 273 2215 or


Free parking is available on neighbouring streets for up to 3 hours on weekdays, unlimited at weekends. There is a NCP/Manchester Royal Infirmary  car park on Grafton Street , a short walk away. Up to 3 hours – £2.50, 3-6 hours £5 and 6-24 hours £15.

Public Transport

Bus route 197 runs along Plymouth Grove and bus stops are marked on our map above.

Click here for  the timetable.

Many other buses run along Upper Brook Street (2 mins walk), Oxford Road (5-10 mins walk) and Stockport Road.

The nearest train stations are Oxford Road Station (1.4 miles) and Manchester Piccadilly (1.2 miles). Check The Trainline for timetables and services.

Travel by Bike

Secure bike parking is available in the courtyard to the right of the house.
If you are visiting Manchester and want to travel by Bike – contact

The House and Garden are 100% physically accessible to our visitors

  • Lift to all floors
  • Wheelchair and pushchair access ramp at the side of the House.
  • Accessible toilets on the ground and first floor
  • Limited parking space for blue badge holders. Please phone us 0161 273 2215 to reserve
  • Guide Dogs welcome
  • Braille copy of the House guide book is available on request at the welcome desk
  • We welcome visitors with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Our team will do all they can to ensure that your visit is both comfortable and enjoyable. If you have questions regarding your visit or would like more specific information please email

Read the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Accessibility Statement

Family Friendly

Come, ring the door bell and stand on the same door step as many of Elizabeth’s famous friends. Ask one of our friendly volunteers for a Children’s Trail (led by Cranford, Elizabeth’s Cat) and have fun discovering what life was in a Victorian House with our activity baskets for younger visitors.

  • Children’s Trail
  • Fully accessible for prams and buggies.
  • Baby change facilities.
  • Breastfeeding welcome throughout the house.
  • Our Tea Room has snacks and drinks available for younger visitors.
  • Limited Space for Buggy Parking
  • Check our What’s On page for family friendly activities.

Information on Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in other languages

We are currently working on translating our information on the House into different languages. We can offer information in the following languages (A PDF can be downloaded via the link);

Arabic – العربية
French – Français
German – Deutsche
Italian – Italiano
Mandarin – 普通话
Spanish – Español


Committed to Sustainability

The trustees, staff and volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House  are committed to long term sustainability through the following areas;
1. Reducing our impact on the environment
2. Working with and supporting the local community
3. Welcoming all visitors and volunteers to the house through events, workshops and training opportunities.

For more information read The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Sustainability Policy Statement

As a visitor you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our natural and historical assets and reduce climate change. for more information on how you can make a difference please read our Responsible Visitor Charter


‘And we’ve got a house. Yes! we really have’.
Elizabeth Gaskell, 1850

We've got a 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.