The Old Parsonage Stenner Lane Didsbury Manchester M20 2RQ 0161 445 7661

The Towers

Venue: Rear of Towers Business Park, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 2RY

Open: 1pm to 4pm. There is no level access to the building.

A hidden historical mansion, sometimes known as the Calendar House, for its 365 windows, 52 doors and 12 chimneys, which even some of the people who live in Didsbury do not know exists.

Only the entrance hall will be open. The house was built between 1868-1872 by Thomas Worthington for the editor of the Manchester Guardian at a cost of £50,000. This Grade II listed building became the home of Daniel Adamson instigator of the Manchester Ship Canal scheme. In 1920 it became the headquarters of the Shirley Institute where many textile breakthroughs occurred.

See the imposing staircase and magnificent stained-glass windows . The Towers booklet is on sale detailing the history of the house and whole estate

The entrance is through the ‘Towers’ business park which is signposted on Wilmslow Road going west from the Wilmslow Road/Parrs Wood Road junction or going East from Didsbury Village.