Group Tours & Talks

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers private and bespoke group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – this must be booked in advance. 

  • £13 per person which includes a guided tour, a hot drink and slice of cake in the tearoom
  • Group visits last 2 hours with refreshments
  • Groups of between 10 and 50 people can be accommodated in the house and garden at once (minimum of 10 people in a group)
  • Bespoke tours on offer; Gaskell’s home life, Victorian Manchester and Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary career.
  • Coaches can drop off directly outside the house
  • Disabled parking available onsite
  • Up to three hours free on-street parking
  • Fully accessible with lifts to all floors
  • Other nearby attractions include The Whitworth Art Gallery, Victoria Baths , The Pankhurst Centre and Oxford Road
  • One mile from central Manchester
  • Shop selling new and second-hand books, and gifts.

Coach parking: The House is on the corner of Swinton Grove and Plymouth Grove. Coaches can safely drop off on Swinton Grove so coach visitors do not need to cross a road. The house has 3 gates; 1 at the rear of the house and 2 at the front. Coaches should be able to find parking for up to 3 hours locally. They can also park directly opposite the house on Plymouth Grove with no restrictions although there is not a designated crossing.

Please email or fill out the form below for more information, availability and prices.

Please note for all groups we ask for a 50% deposit one month in advance of your visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions for Group Bookings before booking.

“We were very impressed with the guides’ knowledge of Elizabeth and her family which brought the house to life. The lunch buffet was delicious and plentiful and the volunteers worked very hard to ensure that our plates and cups were kept full.”  North Staffs National Trust members Group

Online Zoom Tours for Groups

We are delighted to offer online tours for the House for groups via Zoom.
Using 360-degree photography our guides will take your group through the House, room by room with the chance to ask questions throughout. This tour will last approx. 1.5 hours depending on group size and the number of questions asked. Available at any time – subject to the availability of guides.

Please email if you would like more information

Evening Tours and Specialist Group Workshops

If your group or book club is looking for something a bit different we can also offer evening tours with a drinks reception and other bespoke group workshops for 15 people or less. For more information click here

Group Visits on Public Open Days

We are open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 11am-4.30pm (last entry 3pm). Smaller groups are welcome on these days but you are asked to pre-book via the online ticket system.

Please call us for more information on 0161 2732215 or email

External Talks and Lectures

“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for last night. It was a great mix of literature, women’s history, gardening & food  which is a lot of our interests as a group! It seemed to spark interest amongst the group to pay you guys a visit too.” Manchester WI

Our expert and knowledgeable volunteers are available to give a variety of external talks about the house and other related areas of interest. these can be delivered via Zoom or in-person.

We request a donation of £65 per talk and travel expenses if doing the talk in-person.

Our speakers can combine their talks with a PowerPoint presentation or just talk. We can bring a projector and laptop but will require a screen.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can provide speakers on the following subjects which last between 45 mins to an hour.

_ Introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell: writer and woman
– 84 Plymouth Grove and its restoration
– The Gaskell Family and Homelife
– Elizabeth and Travel
– The Servants’ at 84 Plymouth Grove
– The Gaskells and the cultural life of Victorian Manchester
– Mary Barton and Manchester
– Elizabeth Gaskell and her Cheshire connections
– A Letter to William: Reconstructing the Past – a talk about the letter discovered during the renovation 
– The Restoration of the Garden at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
– How did their Garden grow?  The Gaskells’ Garden at Plymouth Grove 

This list is by no means exhaustive and with enough notice we are able to consider other themes and subjects – just ask.

Please email indicating the date you would like a speaker, the subject matter and the location of your event.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, talks, room hire and ticket sales goes towards the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the house. If you would like to support the house with an additional donation you can do so via this link.

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.