The North West of England is highly populated and urban, so from time to time you’ll need a little escape. Tatton Park, in Chester, is one of the best places to do it – here you’ll find 50 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, 2000 acres of deer park, woodland and meres to explore, as well as fascinating historical buildings to discover. There’s something for all tastes and ages, making for a perfect family day out!
What can I do in Cheshire?
A must-do trip out in Cheshire is Tatton Park, with 2000 acres of stunning parklands, beautiful gardens and a historical mansion. Only a 30 minute drive from major cities Liverpool and Manchester, it's easily accessible from major roads and railways - the park is signposted off the M56, while Knutsford Railway Station is situated just half a mile from the Knutsford Entrance to Tatton Park.
This National Trust site has a history dating back as far as the 15th century – at the heart of the estate and parkland, lies an elegant mansion house. Inside you’ll find a rich history, such as its collection of of paintings and books that reflect the outstanding wealth of the Egerton family, the historical owners of the estate. This collection includes the perfectly symmetrical library, one of the largest and most significant National Trust collections at over 8000 books, many still in mint condition. Tatton Park’s Mansion is also the only place in the country where you’ll able to admire the, 500 year-old rare works of famous French artist Salviati, featured on BBC’s Lost Masterpieces!
Make sure to explore the estates stunning 50 acre garden space – this is a special place for visitors, who come to enjoy the peace and quiet, lovely views across lawns and range of plant life. Explore the Fernery, home to an extensive collection of ferns and tree ferns from New Zealand and Australia. Soak up the tranquillity of the Japanese gardens, one of the finest of its kind in Europe, with shrines and artefacts brought from Japan. A stroll across the broadwalk will reward you with spectacular views of the parkland, while keen gardeners will be in their element at the walled gardens, where you can admire an extensive range of produce and even buy some for yourself in the shop!
The Parkland is a fantastic place to explore, home to herds of Red and Fallow deer roaming freely as well as a rich variety of other wildlife and birdlife. There are a range of trails to walk or cycle (or even on horseback!) that provide spectacular viewpoints and places to stop for a picnic. You’ll also find an unusual herd of rare, black sheep grazing the paddocks around the mansion, thought to be one of the oldest flocks of their kind. There are a number of sites across the park that are recognised as nationally important habitats, acting as a refuge for an abundance of water birds, wildflowers and plant life.
- Check this page for opening times.
- Mansion currently closed but keep an eye on their website for reopening dates.
- Check this page for admission prices.
- Parking is available inside the Knutsford Entrance of Tatton Park, the Old Hall and near the Mansion and Stableyard area.
- See this page for accessibility information.
- Tours of the gardens and mansion run throughout the year, click here for more information.