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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.

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 celebrations including wedding breakfast and reception.

Key information

  • Our dedicated wedding coordinators will help you throughout the planning process.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

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In the city
Outdoor license
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Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Charlotte C. Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't recommend this place enough!

Where do I even begin?! When we started planning our wedding we knew we wanted a small and intimate ceremony that felt cosy and welcoming, but everywhere we looked felt too corporate and modern. Until we found Elizabeth Gaskell's House. Katie showed us around and had so much knowledge to offer. At the time, the house was open to the public and not set up for a wedding, but she helped paint the picture of what we could do. We knew immediately that this was the location for us - it was STUNNING! It was for a maximum of 36 guests (not including ourselves, the photographer & piano player) but this was perfect. In the lead-up to our wedding their communication was incredible and a few weeks prior to our big day we had a final meeting to discuss the little things like music, decorations, parking and any other last questions. All of this really helped put my mind at ease.

The day before the wedding we were allowed in to set up the venue with our decorations. We were at liberty to decorate the venue as we wished as long as we weren't sticking things to walls etc. as it is a historic house. But, it was so beautiful that you really didn't need to add anything at all if you didn't want to! We just added some small bouquets to the chairs down the aisle and a big bouquet on the signing table. We were also able to practise walking down the aisle to our music as many times as we liked, which really helped put my father's mind at ease. They provided a Bluetooth speaker for other music for when you're exiting and signing the book and they helped us set up the volume appropriately. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

Now for the big day itself... which was nothing short of perfect. Upon arrival, I was escorted in a back elevator up to the private bedroom, which meant I was at no risk of being spotted by my guests. Then Katie came to check up on me, made sure I was okay and reassured me that everything was going as planned downstairs. There were a handful of incredibly kind volunteers on hand who were keeping everything running smoothly. They sorted out a first look with my dad in the private study and made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. It all flowed so seamlessly! Then the ceremony itself was perfect. Although the room is relatively small, I loved this as it meant that I could see every single smiling face easily once I reached the end of the aisle. So special!

After the ceremony, champagne/elderflower fizz was provided on a table in the entrance hall by the volunteers (we paid extra for this) but you can bring your own for a corkage fee and they got everyone in place outside of the building to throw some confetti. They also took my husband and I away immediately for 10 minutes alone together whilst they did this which was really appreciated as it meant I could decompress for a moment!

All in all, I couldn't be happier that we chose Elizabeth Gaskell's House for our wedding venue. We did depart the house after the ceremony back to our home for the reception but you can have a small reception in the tea room downstairs should you wish! We just wanted a few more people to join us so couldn't do that as the limit of 36 guests still stands.

For the price we paid, you get private use of the absolutely exquisite WHOLE house for three hours plus all these amazingly kind women helping you from start to finish. It was flawless and so many people said how stunning it was. 1000000/10, would recommend it to anyone who wants a homely, intimate ceremony. Plus, all the money you spend just goes straight back into keeping this historical house maintained so do your part and book your wedding here! - Love from The Carpreaus

Dejan L. Sent on 04/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue with dedicated staff

EGH is a lovely location for an intimate ceremony - very happy with our choice. The staff were organised and helpful throughout and contributed to a fantastic day. Would recommend highly!
Beth N. Sent on 17/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Special venue

We had our wedding ceremony at Elizabeth Gaskell House and can honestly say we wouldn't have had it anywhere else. The venue is ideal for an intimate ceremony and has such an interesting history. Katie (Wedding Planner) was absolutely amazing. She helped us through the whole process and recommended suppliers when needed. The day itself was wonderful and ran without issue. The volunteers who supported the event were so warm and welcoming and we really appreciated this especially with pre-wedding nerves! I would definitely recommend this venue. It is reasonably priced and truly unique.
Charlotte Sent on 31/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for our chilled out wedding

Looking for an intimate wedding venue not far from central Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House was a great find. Reasonably priced, well situated, and working with us each step of the way. They offered a beautiful and historic setting, with the relaxed vibe we wanted. Big shout out to Katie who helped to plan and co-ordinate the day, allowing us to just relax and enjoy ourselves. I can’t recommend this venue enough! x
Mandy N. Sent on 25/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

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.
C Munro Sent on 09/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding

This was the best and much better than I could have imagined our big day. Katie and all the staff were so supportive and helpful, it really made things much more manageable.
The venue is so rich and perfect for such an occasion. I cannot recommend them enough, don't think twice! I am so happy we had our wedding there!
Rachelle S. Sent on 19/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Boutique wedding in the heart of Manchester

Perfect for history nerds!
My wedding isn’t until August but they have been nothing short of amazing to this point. Any question is answered swiftly and they have made excellent suggestions that enhance the wedding and help make it our own special day.

The venue is lovely and takes away a lot of the stress of entertaining guests and decorating a space.
Georgia H. Sent on 24/03/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful small venue

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 G. Sent on 01/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Louisa J. Sent on 12/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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%.
Elizabeth M. Sent on 28/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed Perfect Wedding!

Got married here in Oct 21. 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.
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