Elizabeth Gaskell’s Radical Manchester at Portico Library and Gaskell House

Creative Tourist

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Radical Manchester & Visit to Gaskell House at Manchester Town Hall, City Centre 4 March 2017 Tickets from £18.65 — Book now

Although taking on the stereotypical traditional roles of wife, mother, supporter of her husband’s work and manager of a household, Elizabeth Gaskell was a radical woman of her time. We see this in the themes running through her books – single women, poverty, class, employer/employee relations and industrial Manchester – but her personal life also shows that she thought and acted in ways different to many women in the nineteenth century.

This tour will bring out Gaskell’s radical approach to life by visiting the Portico Library then travelling by bus to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Plymouth Grove, where she lived for fifteen years and where she wrote many of her novels. Here you will learn more about her life, and about some of the other radical women she met. The event finishes with some delicious tea and homemade cake!

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Radical Manchester & Visit to Gaskell House at Manchester Town Hall, City Centre 4 March 2017 Tickets from £18.65 Book now

Where to go near Elizabeth Gaskell’s Radical Manchester at Portico Library and Gaskell House

City Centre
Tourist Attraction
Albert Square

A public square in the heart of Manchester which plays hosts to festivals and major events. Home to the Albert Memorial and statues of Bishop James Fraser, John Bright, Oliver Heywood and William Ewart Gladstone.

Contemporary Six, art gallery in Manchester
City Centre
Contemporary Six

Contemporary Six is an independent commercial art gallery in Manchester city centre, set up by Alex Reuben in 2010.

Maray Manchester

The acclaimed Middle-Eastern restaurant treats Manchester diners to a Sunday roast menu with a twist.

breakout manchester
City Centre
Tourist Attraction
Breakout Manchester

Test your skills and logical thinking with Breakout Manchester’s wide selection of themed rooms for you to escape from.

Wings Restaurant Manchester.
City Centre

Highly-regarded Chinese restaurant with a peerless range of dim sum and other Chinese dishes. Louis Van Gaal’s (remember him?) favourite restaurant in Manchester, by all accounts.

10 Tib Lane

At a time when many city-centre restaurants are fighting to be the loudest and most ostentatious, 10 Tib Lane is all about elegant, sophisticated dining.

New Wave Ramen

New Wave Ramen is a stylish, friendly Japanese ramen bar and restaurant on Tib Lane in the heart of Manchester.

King Street Town House Hotel in Manchester
City Centre
King Street Townhouse Hotel

Boasting Manchester’s first rooftop infinity pool, the King Street Townhouse Hotel offers visitors panoramic views across the city. And, with so much to choose from, all Manchester needs now is a little sunshine…

What's on: Literature

LIVEwire at The Edge

Following sold-out shows in 2019 and 2021, LIVEwire is back at The Edge this March, and again in June, with an electric line-up.

from £13.00
Rebecca Hurst
Carcanet online book launch: The Iron Bridge by Rebecca Hurst

We’re very excited about the launch of Rebecca Hurst’s debut poetry collection The Iron Bridge, published by Manchester’s Carcanet Press. The online event will feature a reading from the text and a chat about the book with host, poet Sarah Hesketh.

from £2.00
A white, middle aged man with short brown hair and wearing a light blue shirt, sits at a round table by a window and against a white wall. He has his arms crossed on the table.
David Nicholls at Central Library

Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester and Waterstones Deansgate, best-selling author David Nicholls is one of the trailblazers of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival.

from £10.00

Culture Guides

Festival-goers at Green Island
Music in Manchester and the North

Gazing longingly towards the good times that will accompany the surely imminent sun, we take a look at the best music festivals coming up in Manchester and Salford.

Theatre in Manchester and the North
Theatre in Manchester and the North

Affecting contemporary performances and fresh, relevant takes on enduring classics, we pick out shows that help us scrutinise the world we live in.