Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Welcome Groups
Manchester Launch Event Showcases Attraction.
The Manchester home of a famous writer was unveiled to the UK travel trade this week.
Coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from around the UK were treated to a special tour of the attraction.
Situated in central Manchester, Plymouth Grove is set to be address of choice for coach and tour operators and group travel organisers bringing groups into the Northwest.
Many strands come together at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and groups keen on history, gardens, literature and the industrial revolution will be glad they visited the attraction. Elizabeth Gaskell was immensely popular and regularly received visits from such famous figures as Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale and Ruskin.
Working with UK travel trade specialists Steve Reed Tourism Ltd, the launch event also featured a visit to the nearby Pankhurst Centre – celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Suffragette movement. Nick Brook-Sykes of Marketing Manchester welcomed the guests to Manchester during their tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.
Local coach company Mayne of Manchester provide the transport for the group of VIPS who were hosted by the Village Hotel in Bury. The group also visited Tatton Park in Cheshire on their way to see Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.
Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd is the House Manager of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House:
‘We were so pleased to welcome the tour planners for what turned out to be a very special tour of our attraction. Groups can see how centrally located we are and how easy it is to visit the attraction. We have excellent guides, a super tea room and easy access with a lift for visitors,’ says Sally.
‘Groups can also drop off and pick up right next to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.’
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers private and bespoke group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays – this must be booked in advance. Prices start from £10 which includes a guided tour, a drink and slice of cake in the tearoom. Group tours and visits last between 1-2 hours. Groups of between 10 and 60 people can be accommodated in the house and gar
den at once. Bespoke tours include the Gaskell’s home life, Victorian Manchester and Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary career. Coaches can drop off directly outside the house.
Fresh from a complete refurbishment through a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, the Grade 2 listed building receives groups of visitors keen to discover more about the author of such novels as Cranford, Mary Barton, Ruth, North and South, Sylvia’s Lovers, Cousin Phyllis and Sons and Daughters. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published anonymously in 1848. It had a great impact on the reading public and was widely reviewed and discussed. Its subject matter, the appalling state of the poor in in the Manchester area, awakened the conscience of the nation.