Opening Times

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 11-4.30pm. Strictly last admission at 3pm

Tea Room closes for visitors at 4pm.

Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, outside of school holidays, are the quietest times to visit.

Pre-booked private group tours and school visits available on other days.

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

Christmas closure: The House will be closed from 20 December 2023 and will reopen on 3 January 2024.

Admission Charges

Standard admission: £7.50 
Students/NHS Staff/visitors with disabilities/registered unemployed: £6.50
Children under 16: Free, when accompanied by an adult.
Registered Careers Free – please bring proof.
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.

Free entry to Visit Manchester Pass Holders – passes must be shown on entry. Click here to find out more about the Visit Manchester pass.

Useful Information

The quietest time to visit is Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons outside of school holidays.

An average visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House lasts approximately 2 hours with a visit to the volunteer-run 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.

The House has a Tea Room and visitor toilets on the lower ground and on the first floor. 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

Booking in advance is advised via our online booking website.
For other enquiries you can call us on 0161 273 2215 or email
(Please note that we are a very small staff team and can’t always answer the phone at busy times so please leave a message and we will call you back)


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 (in front of the House). Many other buses run along Upper Brook Street (2 mins walk) and Oxford Road (5-10 mins walk).

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


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. Please see our accessibility page for more detailed information.

  • The House and gardens are 100% accessibility for those visitors with a physical disability
  • Lift to all floors
  • Access ramp at the side of the House to avoid stepped entrance
  • Accessible toilets on the ground and first floor
  • Limited parking space for blue badge holders. Please phone us 0161 273 2215 to reserve
  • Assistance dogs welcome throughout the House and Tea Room
  • Braille copy of the House guide book is available on request at the welcome desk

Read the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Accessibility Statement

Family Friendly

illustration of white fluffy cat with a smiling face and blue eyes

Come, ring the door bell and stand on the same doorstep 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

Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864