Group Tours

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

  • Prices start from £12 per person which includes a guided tour, a drink and slice of cake in the tearoom
  • Group tours and visits last between 1-2 hours
  • Groups of between 10 and 60 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
  • Just five minutes from the Pankhurst Centre, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Victoria Baths and Oxford Road
  • Joint group tours with the Pankhurst Centre are available on Tuesdays – bookable via Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. (£17 for both venues with refreshments – must be  between 10-40 people) – not available in 2020
  • One mile from central Manchester
  • Pre-booked lunch available
  • 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 call us on 0161 273 2215 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.

*On Saturdays we ask for a minimum of 20 people per group or a minimum fee of £200.

“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

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 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 11am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

If you plan to visit the house as a group on a public open day please let us know you are coming so we may be able to reserve tables for your group to have refreshments together.

Please call us for more information on 0161 2732215 or email

External Talks and Lectures

Our expert volunteer guides are available to give talks on Elizabeth Gaskell, her house, garden and other areas of interest. We request a donation of £50 per talk and travel expenses for the volunteer.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, 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.

I'm afraid we must do some shopping

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863