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Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Beautifully restored home of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, and her family at 84 Plymouth Grove

The House, a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester.

After a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, the restored House is to be fully open to the public for the first time.

Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the nineteenth century's most important writers, and she lived here from 1850-65. During this time she wrote nearly all of her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. She also wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Bronte, and many lively letters. Visitors to the House included fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, the American abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and musician Charles Hallé.

Tickets: Adults £4.95, Concessions; Senior citizen and students £3.95, Children under 16 free accompanied by an adult.

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