New chapter for Cranford author’s house

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in central Manchester is hosting an event for group travel organisers to showcase the attraction and other group-friendly locations in the north west.

The house at 84 Plymouth Grove was home to Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, who wrote novels such as Cranford, Mary Barton, Ruth, North and South and Sons and Daughters.

The attraction is working with UK travel trade specialist Steve Reed Tourism to host coach and tour operators and GTOs at a showcase event on February 26.

The Village Hotel Bury will host some of the delegates from further afield on February 25, with dinner and accommodation.

Delegates will also be able to see some of Manchester’s other group attractions during their fact-finding visit.

Thanks to a £2.5 million project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, the restored home of Elizabeth Gaskell has been open to the public since October 2014.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House offers private and tailored group tours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, which must be booked in advance.

Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd, house manager, said: “Elizabeth Gaskell’s House tells the story of a fascinating life of an amazing writer, along with her place within one of Great Britain’s premier cities during the Victorian era in the midst of the industrial revolution.

“The house is an ideal new attraction for groups of all types – not only those interested in literature.

“We are centrally located, close to lots of other attractions, easy to find and have some great facilities for groups including easy drop-off/pick-up and nearby free coach parking.

“We also have a lovely tea room and a beautiful garden.”

Steve Reed, owner of Steve Reed Tourism, said: “We’ve worked all over the UK and have taken groups to some stunning attractions with literary themes including the Bodleian Library in Oxford; Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire and the Bronte Parsonage in Yorkshire.

“Now, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is about to write another chapter in group travel.”