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Manchester’s Literary Treasure “We’ve got a house, it certainly is a beauty...” 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW

Introduction Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell lived at 84 Plymouth Grove with her family from 1850 until her unexpected death in 1865. During this time she wrote nearly all of her famous novels, including ‘Cranford’, ‘Ruth’, ‘North and South’, and ‘Wives and Daughters’. She also wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Bronte, and many lively letters. Elizabeth, her husband William (a Unitarian minister), and their four daughters were involved in many aspects of Manchester life. They had first-hand knowledge of life among the poor through their charitable activities, and helped in the establishment of many of the city’s cultural institutions. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors, the house has been restored and furnished as it would have been around 1860. Here at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we can offer you a unique venue in the city for your event; everything from meetings, training events and small conferences, to special lunches, afternoon teas and evening drinks receptions. We are a licensed venue.

Meetings The upstairs rooms (originally bedrooms) have been refurbished to modern standards and are ideal for meetings, conferences and more informal events. Our newest development, the ‘Coach House’, has provided two new spaces, the ‘Darwin’ and ‘Nightingale’ rooms. Each of these rooms are equipped with large screens to accommodate digital presentations, films and training videos. Our Servants Hall is also a popular meeting, seminar and performance space. Situated next to the Tea Room it is a favourite choice for lunches and evening receptions. The Tea Room itself is available for specially catered lunches or tea breaks as part of your meeting room hire package. Alternatively refreshments can be provided in your meeting room. All rooms can be arranged to suit your requirements with modern tables and conference-style chairs. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the house and induction loops are fitted in 3 of the rooms.

Room Hire Spring/Summer 2017 Hire Fees All room hires include use of deluxe screen or projector, screen and flipchart. £75 + VAT Half Day £140 + VAT Full Day £30 unlimited tea and coffee Additional breakout spaces £30 + VAT Half day £50 + VAT Full day £25 hire of House Laptop Buffet Lunch can be provided for £8 per head Please advise of special dietary requirements or other requests Spaces fully accessible (excludes Nightingale Room) Charitable discount available Specially-tailored talks can be arranged Contact the House Manager for capacities and availability by email: or by telephone: 0161 273 2215

Tours A private view of the House allows guests an exclusive opportunity to experience 84 Plymouth Grove in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Our knowledgeable guides will reveal the history, literature and social scenes that unravelled here. Perfect for group trips, entertaining small parties or even treating clients, guided tours are an enjoyable way to introduce guests to Elizabeth, her life and her family home.

Tours start from £7.50 per person (minimum group booking 10 people) and are inclusive of refreshments; Basic with tea/coffee, Premium with tea/coffee and cake, Deluxe with Afternoon Tea. A Buffet Lunch can be provided for an additional £8 per head. Please advise of special dietary requirements or other requests. Lunchroom Hire is available at £20 if you’d like to bring your own food. Contact the team for a quote and to discuss availability. Specially-tailored talks can be arranged.

Events & Period Rooms Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is an elegant setting for intimate music recitals, talks and small theatre and literature events. The Drawing Room is a popular choice for live music, and is the very room where Charles HallÊ taught Meta and Julia Gaskell to play piano. We have a professional standard Broadwood boudoir grand piano dating from the late 19th century and can arrange for musicians to play for your event. Give guests and audiences the unique opportunity to enjoy the ambience and finery of this Victorian home, just as Elizabeth and many of her famous visiting friends and contempories did, in a beautiful house that will engage, entertain and delight. Seating capacity is up to 30 in the Period Rooms, however larger audiences can be accommodated for promenade events that include the hallways and upstairs rooms. We welcome creative partnerships and projects and host a year-round programme of special events and activities.

Learning & Engagement Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is a truly inspirational venue for people of all ages. All of our learning and engagement sessions take place within our beautifully restored period rooms and atmospheric Servants Hall. We offer workshops and activities for schools, home education groups, further and higher education organisations and community groups. Sessions can be tailored to your specific needs and we are at present seeking schools to collaborate with us on developing our formal learning offer. For further information contact the Audience Development and Learning Co-ordinator by email: or by telephone: 0161 273 2215

Filming The House is a Grade II listed property and was built between 1835 and 1841, and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester. Now, thanks to a major £2.5m project, the House has been fully restored to look as it did in around 1860, when Elizabeth lived and wrote here. Friends and visitors to the House included fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, the American abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and musician Charles Hallé. The beautifully decorated and historically authentic Victorian interiors provide an exquisite backdrop to any scene or interview and have featured on many TV shows, such as ‘Houdini and Doyle’, ‘Mastermind’ and the film short ‘Ice Hotel’. We welcome enquiries for feature films, TV documentaries, interviews, commercials and photo shoots. All filming and photography is done outside of our general opening hours and we are happy to discuss requirements during a comprehensive site visit.

Contact Us Elizabeth Gaskell’s House 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester M13 9LW 0161 273 2215 enquiries@elizabethgaskellhouse. Public Open Hours Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 11am – 4.30pm Last admission 4pm. Accessibility The House and Garden are fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available. Induction Loops are fitted in the Conference, Darwin and Nightingale rooms. Large text version available. Find us online

Location Find us on the corner of Plymouth Grove and Swinton Grove. Public Transport The 197 bus route runs from Manchester, Albert Square to Stockport along Plymouth Grove. Many other bus routes run along Upper Brook Street, Oxford Road and Stockport Road, which are a short walk from the House. Check details at We are 1 mile from both Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly Railway Stations, and 2.5 miles from Manchester Victoria Station. Parking Free on-road parking is available in neighbouring streets for up to 3 hours on weekdays, and is unlimited on weekends. We have limited on-site parking for those with access needs. Please contact the team to reserve an accessible car parking space on site, by email: or by telephone: 0161 273 2215

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Dr Bryony Randal, University of Glasgow

Images by: Lee Baxter

Elizabeth Gaskell House Tours and Hires Leaflet March 2017  

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