Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 84 Plymouth Grove, Machester, M13 9LW

Contact: 0161 272 2215



Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio.

This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. We host a year-round programme of special events and activities and our much loved book shop sells a range of new and second hand books.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Known as ‘Manchester’s Literary Treasure’ Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers a wonderful insight into how the Victorian author and her family lived.  The house has been restored to how it would have been in the 1850’s when Elizabeth, William and their 4 daughters lived here.  Stunning period rooms, Villa Garden and an Exhibition room offer a variety of learning spaces and subject material to work with.

Pupils are invited to discover who lived and worked in a Victorian House.  Join us on our Bee Trail of historical patterns.  Learn about each other with ‘Cardomania’.  Learn the science behind the restoration process. Make history fun by being a House Detective and learn the science behind the restoration process.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

At Elizabeth Gaskell’s House we have a warm family-home welcome and the unique feature of allowing visitors to relax, as the Gaskell’s would have done in our atmospheric rooms.  Pupils can take a seat at our dinner table, lounge in the Drawing Room or head down to the Servant’s Hall to work.  This provides a real hands on opportunity to discover ‘who lived in a house like this’ and how the Working, Middle and Upper classes interacted.

Our handling collections also provide a great way for pupils to learn by enquiry, interaction and role play with real historical artefacts.

What does a typical educational visit include?

We have developed 3 new KS1 creative learning activities and 3 KS2 outside the classroom learning sessions which cater to a range of curriculum objectives, subject areas and learning styles. Activities take place in our beautiful period rooms and Servants Hall.  Each activity lasts around 120 mins and can booked as a Morning or Afternoon session. Full day sessions can be arranged.

All of our offer has been designed to encourage pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  Provide an opportunity to construct informed responses and to learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past. 

Our activities Cardomania, The Bee Trail and Resoration Expolration allows pupils to produce a creative work, explore ideas and observations and record their experience.  It also provides the opportunity to learn about historical art and craft techniques.

Our activities House Detectives, Through the Keyhole and Who Stole the Side of Beef? Promotes communication and collaboration, providing the opportunity to learn about Victorian working relationships, friendships and family life through team work and enquiry.

We also cater for individual visits and are always looking to develop new sessions and projects with Schools.

We welcome KS3, GCSE, A Level, Further Educational courses and Universities to get in touch whatever the subject area and allow us to tailor make a session, talk or tour to your needs.

What group sizes do you cater for?

School groups are welcome in classes of 30 students max. 

Tours, talks and research parties’ capacity varies.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Are these linked to specific sections of the curriculum or key stages? Who was involved in developing these? Can you provide samples to teachers before they visit?

All our activities come with Pre and Post visit classroom ideas in order to be able to create a more substantial class project, however they can also stand alone as one off sessions.

Each session provides clear learning objectives and suggested topics and areas of the curriculum in which they fit.  All activities offer a variety of entry points of learning, curriculum relevance and subject focus.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We can provide standard risk assessments for all itemized sessions and further risk assessments for tailored visits if contacted in advance

Does your venue have an education officer?

Angela Whitecross,, Tel: 0161 273 2215

What is the cost of the visit?

Sessions £3.50 per student, supervising adults Free.

Tours, Talks, Research Groups and Tailored Projects available on request.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

No, all equipment supplied.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Not always, so please be prepared to bring your own qualified first aider.

Please list facilities available.

We have facilities to eat a packed lunch and staff refreshments are supplied.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have an entrance ramp, disabled toilets and a lift to all floors.

What are your opening days and hours?

School visiting days Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Public open days Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11-4.30pm

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Drama History Textiles

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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