Tatton Park, National Trust
near Knutsford, Cheshire
Average time spent – 5-6+ hours.
Things to do at Tatton Park National Trust review
If you want to spend all day out with your family, then Tatton Park in Cheshire is the place to go. Along with the beautiful mansion to explore, you’ve got the gardens, farm (at an additional cost), the old hall and the extensive parkland.
You will have to pay for parking if you are driving up, however, cyclists and people walking in don’t have to worry about that. There is ample parking though, and if you are driving from afar you won’t have to worry about finding a spot for your car.
You’ve got about 50 acres of gardens to explore, including the Japanese Gardens (which is also “the finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe”, the Italian Gardens at the front of the house, formal gardens, woodland and arboretum.
You and your family can get a complete picture of what the garden would have looked like when it existed in Edwardian times, you’ve also got the original Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, the New Zealand Fernery and Orangery Glass houses, and the Pleasure Gardens.
If you decide to explore the parkland, you will hopefully be lucky enough to watch the herds of deer to watch and also can enjoy the views of the lake.
Once you have enjoyed exploring the house and extensive grounds, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a great picnic spot near the car park, and also a children’s play area as well if they still need to let some energy off.
Once you have enjoyed a quick sit down in the picnic spot, you should head over to the farm as well, perfect for families with young children. This is an authentic 40’s working farm, where you can meet rare breed animals and new arrivals throughout the year! (this has an entrance fee)
There is so much for families (and grown ups) to do, including exploring the 18th Century Mill, meeting farm workers (past and present), visiting Aunty Mary in the original Caretaker’s cottage.
You can also have fun in the woodland play trail, let your imagination run wild in the den building zone, or get lost in the seasonal Maize Maze!
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Important Information Tatton Park
Eating – There is the Stables Restaurant which offers everything from a cup of tea to a three course meal (you can dine outside in the attractive stableyard if you want). You can also enjoy yourself in the New Gardener’s Cottage tea room, which is perfect for a relaxing breakfast, coffee, lunch or traditional afternoon tea.
Facilities in brief – Outdoors – Gardens, Farm, Play area, Parkland. Indoors – Mansion and Old Hall. There are toilets, a restaurant and tea room.
Entry price – *FREE for National Trust Members or cheap.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.*FREE for National Trust Members or those visiting on foot or cheap. Car Park – £7.00 this gives you access to the parkland. The farm is an additional charge (adult £8, children £6, National Trust members 50% off). The mansion is closed but tickets are the same (but additional) cost. The gardens again are the same price (again an additional cost). National Trust members can visit the house and gardens for free.
Opening: Tatton Park is open for most of the year but the house is currently closed. For up to date opening times please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome on a lead in most areas.
Address: Tatton Park Gardens, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG, Cheshire, England. Phone: 01625 374400
This is a guest post with thanks to Isobel from Castles and Turrets.
Category – Historic property with gardens – Indoors and Outdoors – suitable for all ages
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