The perfect historic setting for an intimate wedding in the heart of Manchester.

Situated just outside the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre, sits the former home of Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer, Elizabeth Gaskell. This beautifully restored Victorian house, with spectacular period rooms and villa style garden, provides a unique and stunning backdrop for your wedding celebrations.

Ceremonies can be held in the cosy book-lined Study, the elegant Drawing Room, or the award-winning Garden. Complete with Victorian furnishings and a boudoir grand piano, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is perfect for couples wanting something special, intimate and with plenty of charm.

Bride and groom sitting on the steps in the garden.
Image by Olivia J Morgan

Following the ceremony, we can provide a drinks reception in the Victorian period rooms, including the Dining Room where Elizabeth wrote her famous stories and letters. Weather permitting, the beautifully restored garden with its mixed heritage and native planting schemes offers another option for your drinks reception and is a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs.

Our light and airy basement includes the original Servants’ Hall and kitchen, providing the perfect space for your wedding wedding breakfast and reception.

Wedding couple holding hands in front of Elizabeth Gaskell's House.
Image by Sara Ribera

Key information

  • Our dedicated wedding coordinators will help you throughout the planning process, liaising with your suppliers and managing everything for you on the day.
  • Couples have exclusive hire of the house on their wedding day.
  • We only hold weddings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • We can accommodate wedding parties of up to 36 people. This includes the couple and 34 guests.
  • Our bottle bar is available (minimum spend of £100) but all catering must be provided externally.
  • Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is located just 1 mile from Manchester city centre.
  • Up to 3 hours free on-street parking on weekdays and free all day at weekends.

Packages and pricing

We offer a 3 or 5 hour package and additional hours can be booked on top of this.

In our experience, 3 hours is the perfect amount of time for your ceremony, drinks reception and photographs. Our 5-hour package allows for all of the above as well as time for a wedding breakfast. Extra hours can be added if you wish to hold your full reception with us.

Spring/summer 2025 prices for a 3-hour package start from £1,050 (midweek) and £1,200 (weekends).

For more information, or to view the venue, please contact our wedding coordinators by completing the enquiry form below. Alternatively, email or call 0161 273 2215.

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Limited spring and summer 2025 dates are still available – enquire below!


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

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864