Elizabeth Gaskell's House

£660 - £2,920 for Venue Hire
Up to 35
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Situated just one mile outside the hustle and bustle of Manchester City Centre, sits the former home of Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer, Elizabeth Gaskell.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Prices differ year on year and will be different for weekdays/ Saturdays. We charge for an initial 2hr Package (guest arrival, ceremony, drinks reception & photos) then extra hours are currently £180 per hour. All elements of the catering should be arranged externally by the couple (the prices listed here are for venue hire ONLY), however we do have crockery available for hire. We have a licensed bottle bar, should you have any drinks at all on the premises the use of our glasses, utensils & ice is included in the bar/drinks costings (this is additional to the venue hire prices and should be discussed with the wedding coordinator).
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Furniture included
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence
Church Within Walking Distance
We can create an area for dancing should you wish, we also have a bluetooth speaker that can be used for music. All confetti MUST be natural
Dancefloor Available


Disabled Access
Landscaped Gardens
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
Full Description
This beautifully restored house with spectacular period rooms and villa style garden, makes for a unique, stunning backdrop for your wedding and celebrations. From the cosy, book lined Study, to the elegant Drawing Room, with its Boudoir Grand piano, both rooms provide a special space for your wedding ceremony. Both complete with Victorian fixtures and furnishings to suit your wedding party, these period rooms are perfect for the couple wanting something special and intimate, with plenty of charm. Should your wedding party be 10 or less (including the couple), William Gaskell's study is perfect for those wanting a small, intimate ceremony. The book lined walls provide a cosy, yet elegant feel to your wedding day, not to mention a fabulous backdrop for photos. If your numbers are higher, up to 35, the Drawing Room is the room for you. The Drawing Room includes use of a Boudoir Grand piano which may be played by an experienced pianist and Victorian furnishings that can be arranged to suit your wedding party. The couple are married in front of the original sash windows, overlooking the glorious Gaskell garden. Following the ceremony, we can provide a drinks reception in the hall allowing your guests to explore the other period rooms, such as, The Dining Room, which is where Elizabeth wrote her famous stories and letters. The beautifully restored gardens with its mix heritage and native planting schemes also offers another option for your drinks reception and is a charming backdrop for wedding photographs. The Servants Hall and Tea room, which would have been the former kitchen, provide a lovely space for a wedding reception. Whether that be a traditional afternoon tea, a buffet or a formal sit-down meal. Mismatched vintage crockery & table cloths are available to hire. The house also has a fully licenced bottle bar and is fully accessible with lifts & ramps on site. On street parking is permitted in the area for 3 hrs in the week & is free at weekend.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Katie
Congratulations engaged couples! Looking for a venue with bags of character and plenty of charm? Then Elizabeth Gaskell's House is definitely for you. Some period features remain in this warm family home along with some original furnishings. The magic of this venue cannot truly be appreciated without a visit, so please do get in touch and book a tour, we cannot wait to hear from you - you won't be disappointed.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Liz & Neil
Happy couple married in April
April 2023
The perfect venue for a wedding
Wow, what a venue. Guests also loved the opportunity to have a walk around the house. The staff were outstanding throughout the planning process and on the day. Also they went well beyond the call of duty by fetching 2 guests who had got themselves lost enroute. Cannot recommend highly enough. If you book Elizabeth Gaskell's House for your wedding, you will not be disappointed.
Mandy & Alex
Happy couple married in July
August 2022
Perfect venue for a small intimate wedding
If you are looking for a perfect venue for a small intimate wedding then this is the place. Beautiful house and surroundings and Katie and her team worked really hard on the day to ensure everything went like clockwork. It also reduced our stress levels knowing that Katie was ahead of the game with timings and also contacting our wedding suppliers. We were able to dress the rooms exactly as we wanted and had access the day before to ensure everything was in place and ready for the following day. I also made use of the lovely bedroom upstairs to change into my wedding dress, and prepare/keep calm for the ceremony! All our guests complimented our choice of venue and we would highly recommend. Married July 22
Georgia & Laura
Happy couple married in February
August 2022
'the value for money is incredible'
We loved using Elizabeth Gaskell as our venue! It holds up to 35 guests and the value for money is incredible (compare it to other venues and you'll see why!). The venue team were lovely; be aware that they only work/open on certain days so if you need to make a visit there it may be on a weekday. They were really accommodating in terms of accessibility for elderly/disabled guests and even helped us with some tricky chair sashes. Really appreciated their help and would like to visit again in the future.
Hannah & Philip
Happy couple married in November
August 2022
A beautiful venue
We had an amazing day at Elizabeth Gaskells house. The value for money was unbelievable and the experience did not feel cheaper than any other wedding I have been to. The venue is beautiful and has gorgeous period features and furniture. Everything in the run up was very smooth, even with a change of wedding coordinator mid way through or planning- we were never left feeling forgotten about and both Ellen and then Katie were so helpful and kind to us. We were able to go to the venue the day before the wedding to set up, at no extra cost and when we went to tear down the following day- Katie and her team had already cleared everything and had it ready to go in boxes for us. We had an amazing day and are so thankful to the entire team at the house.
Elizabeth M
Happy couple married in October
August 2022
Relaxed Perfect Wedding!
Had the perfect relaxed day we wanted. The house is a beautiful setting and it was great we could have afternoon tea after the ceremony. All our guests commented on how lovely, unusual and memorable our wedding was.
Louisa & Jerry
Happy couple married in September
August 2022
Amazing venue for an amazing day
The venue was a 'yes' as soon as we walked in the door. Beautiful period house and decor. We were looked after brilliantly by Katie, the wedding organiser, both before and during the day of the wedding. We felt lucky to celebrate with Katie and two of the volunteers (Cath and Jane? Sorry ladies, my mind was elsewhere!) who were responsive, friendly and kind. We had the best time. I recommend 100%.
Location & Contact Details


84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9LW, England

Travel Notes

Please enter 'Elizabeth Gaskell's House' in your maps and you should find us no problem.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Manchester Oxford Road Station

Nearest Airport

Manchester Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

We had a Christian and Indian couple get married with us and the bride wore traditional Indian dress, it was lovely to see all the wonderful, colourful outfits. Everyone is welcome at the Gaskell House!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Enjoy your day and remember it is about YOU, make sure you haven't just planned your day for your guests - it is YOUR wedding day!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Definitely, personalised Tiffin boxes as wedding favours - see our images

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Warm, Intimate, Unique, Historical, Unforgettable

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The steps to the side of the house in the garden, all year round but the pergola in the spring /summer when it is blooming

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Not just yet! - but the house has hosted many famous faces in the past such as; Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale & Charles Darwin

What’s your favourite canapé?

Asian beef salad spoons

What’s your favourite midnight treat?


What is your venue's most unique feature?

All of it! - but I think the stained glass ceiling at the top of the stair case is my favourite

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The staff, we are only a very small team and they are all brilliant, the rest is made up of volunteers. Even the whole garden is run and kept by volunteers all year round. Without the volunteers we would not be open, they are amazing - thank you!

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