Museums & Galleries

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove
M13 9LW
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Opening Hours
  • Mon - Closed
  • Tue - Closed
  • Wed - 11am - 4pm
  • Thu - 11am - 4pm
  • Fri - Closed
  • Sat - Closed
  • Sun - 11am - 4pm

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External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
© Elizabeth Gaskell's House

A Victorian middle-class house just one mile from the city centre, this was the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, described by the press after her death as ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’.  Elizabeth Gaskell was born in 1810 and lived at 84 Plymouth Grove with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. She is perhaps best known for writing Cranford, North and South and the biography of her friend, Charlotte Bronte.  Here she welcomed guests such as Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin.

The House opened to the public as a museum in 2014, after it was saved by a major £2.5 million restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others.  The Gaskell House celebrates the life and literature of this great writer and will introduce you to her world through beautifully restored period rooms, a Victorian-style garden, expert guides and changing exhibitions.

The museum welcomes all and offers an educational but also fun, hands-on family-friendly experience, with dressing up options, activity baskets, trails, and craft activities.  There is delicious tea and cake, on beautiful vintage china, in the tea room and a selection of books and gifts in the shop. 

The Museum Trust embraces its Mancunian identity and is proud of being part of this great city

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