Elizabeth Gaskells House | Day Out With The Kids

Elizabeth Gaskells House

Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is still a place for all the family even 150 years later! You'll stand on the same doorstep as many of her famous friends, like Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, before stepping into a real Victorian home.

In Summer 2016, the House will host readings of Beatrix Potter classic stories teamed with plenty of great craft activities. There are also a variety of family fun days arranged throughout the year.

The house looks just as it did when the Gaskell family lived there, recreated from pictures and photographs using Victorian techniques. It's not hidden behind ropes and glass, so you can sit at Elizabeth Gaskell's desk and start writing your own famous novel, browse the library, or even pretend to be a servant for the day. Activities go on whenever the house is open, so you can learn more about Elizabeth's life, her books and her famous friends when you visit.

If you'd prefer to play outside then the Villa Gardens are perfect for you. The Gaskell family loved the gardens and Elizabeth often described them in her letters, so volunteers at the house have planted her favourites! If you're feeling peckish, the tearoom has a fantastic selection of snacks – including healthy alternatives and gluten-free food!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Elizabeth Gaskells House's website

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11:00 - 16:30


General Admission

Adults (16+): £5.00

Kids: Free

Concessions: £4.00

Last Entry

30 minute before attraction closes

More Information

Parking facilities

Free parking is available on neighbouring streets for up to 3 hours on weekdays, unlimited at weekends.