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Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, the restored home of Elizabeth Gaskell has been open to the public since October 2014.

Our aim is for visitors to have the experience of visiting 84 Plymouth Grove as it was in the 1860s, a welcoming family home.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is open to the public every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am-4.30pm, with private group bookings being taken on the other days. 

Run by Manchester Historic Building Trust, the future sustainability of the house is reliant on income from visitors, donations and support from the Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell's House. All support is appreciated.


Manchester Historic Buildings Trust was established in 1998 with the main aim of saving 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester the former home of the city's most famous Victorian author, Elizabeth Gaskell, and her family.

In 2004, after a long campaign, the Trust acquired the freehold.  Their first priority was to make the house safe, by repairing the exterior and replacing the roof. In 2012 the Trust was given a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This, with other generous donations, enabled them to complete the restoration.

In order for our unique historic house to remain open to the public we rely on the support of our enthusiastic volunteers, on donations from members of the public and the Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

Long term we aspire to re-creating Elizabeth Gaskell’s bedroom and would also like to re-build the conservatory which was an important part of the garden when Elizabeth lived at the house.

We welcome donations of any size to help us to continue to develop and restore this beautifully house, particularly as we come to the final stages of our Heritage Lottery funding.

Charity No: 1080606

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