Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Discover the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester's most famous Victorian writer, bets known for writing Cranford, North and South and Mary Barton.

We invite you to explore the historic period rooms, Victorian-style garden, Tea Room and shop, where you’lllearn about the lives of the Gaskell Family, the restoration of the House and Elizabeth’s literary career.Take the opportunity to browse the books in William Gaskell’s study, and sit where Elizabeth sat to write,overlooking her beloved garden. The majority of the furniture and objects can be touched and used, providinga very rare hands-on experience.

Located in what was originally the kitchen and Servants’ Hall, the Tea Room and shop are in the light and airy basement of the house. Join us for freshly brewed tea and coffee and delicious cake, served in style on vintage china. Browse our collection of new and second-hand books, or pick up a souvenir of your visit. There is also a larger second-hand book sale every second Sunday of the month. Included in admission.The house is open to the general public on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm. Private tours are available to pre-book on other days.Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) was one of the most important and best-loved Victorian writers. Her novels and letters reveal a warm-hearted woman who was a shrewd judge of character, inquisitive, witty and profoundly concerned with social justice. Besides telling a good story, her novels often reflect the social and political tensions of the day. She lived at what is now 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester with her husband William and their daughters from 1850 until her death in 1865.The Gaskells lived at a time of great change, and were active in Manchester’s social, cultural and religious life. They were also part of a national cultural network, and visitors to the house included Charlotte Brönte, Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, the conductor Charles Halle and American abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Find us at...

  • Elizabeth Gaskell's House
  • 84 Plymouth Grove
  • Manchester
  • M13 9LW

Our family-friendly offer

Everyone is welcome at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.  Come, ring the door bell and stand on the same door step as many of Elizabeth’s famous friends. Ask one of our friendly volunteers for a Children’s Trail (led by Cranford, Elizabeth’s Cat) and have fun discovering what life was in a Victorian House with our activity baskets for younger visitors.

Children’s Trail
Activity baskets in every room
Dressing up for all ages
Fully accessible for prams and buggies.
Baby change facilities.
Breastfeeding welcome throughout the house.
Our Tea Room has snacks and drinks available for younger visitors.
Limited Space for Buggy Parking
Monthly under fives Story and Play Session (every second Wednesday)
Family craft sessions every Wednesday during school holidays


The House and Garden are fully accessible
Lift to all floors.
Wheelchair and pushchair access at the side of the House.
Accessible toilets on each floor.
Limited parking space for blue badge holders. Please phone us 0161 273 2215 to reserve.

Currently we can offer information in the following languages

Arabic – العربية
French – Français
German – Deutsche
Italian – Italiano
Mandarin – 普通话
Spanish – Español


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