Tatton Park Summary
- Address: Knutsford, WA16 6QN (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)1625 374400
- Fax: +44 (0)1625 374403
- Owner: National Trust
- Administrator: Cheshire East Council
- E-mail: Click here to contact
- Website: Go to the Tatton Park website
Tatton Park Description
Tatton Park was awarded the title of Cheshire’s large visitor attraction of the year in 2009 and 2010 and is one of the North West’s most popular heritage attractions with around 800,000 visits made each year to the 1,000 acres of deer park, the Mansion, Gardens, Old Hall, Farm and events. It has a history going back to Bronze Age farming and has been home to herds of deer since the 13th century but in the late Tudor period Tatton was acquired by the Egerton family who owned the land until the last Lord Egerton died in 1958.
Tatton Park is now managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. The stunning Neo-Classical Mansion was constructed in stages between 1780 and 1813 and encompasses lavish staterooms and family memorabilia. It still contains original family furnishings and boasts several pieces of furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, dating from the early 19th century. During 2012 the third Tatton Park Biennial sees new contemporary art works being commissioned for Tatton and sited across the Park.
Throughout the house, the Egerton’s love of fine art and paintings is evident and their collection includes masterpieces by Canaletto and Van Dyck. The enormous Victorian kitchens and servants’ quarters give visitors a contrasting glimpse of domestic life where they can discover how much work was involved in running a house of this size.
In 1935, the Tenant’s Hall was added to the Mansion to house the last Lord Egerton’s hunting collection from his travels around the globe. It is now used for concerts, dinners and conferences. New exhibitions have also been introduced in the Mansion featuring the story of the last Lord Egerton’s collections and Tatton Park’s involvement in the development of military parachuting during WWII.
The 50 acres of gardens are rated among the best in the country and represent over 200 years of design and history. Notable features include the renowned Japanese Garden which is recognized as one of the finest in Europe, the Italian, Rose and Tower gardens, the Topiary, Maze, Fernery and Conservatory. Visitors can also enjoy the recently restored Walled Kitchen Garden and orchard which highlight the importance of traditional skills and processes.
The Farm - virtually untouched since 1938, the livestock yards, mill, workshops, stores and offices of Tatton Dale open a window onto the complex but fascinating operations needed to sustain the Mansion, Gardens, Park and tenanted properties (including the Old Hall) of the vast Egerton estates in the years leading up to World War II. It is still an authentic working farm that uses traditional farming methods and has rare breeds of animals. A perfect place for the whole family!
The Old Hall was originally a typical medieval manor house but has been altered and extended over the years and now shares its grounds with a 17th century cruck barn. It is open on special open days and rooms have been restored to different periods and a guided tour will take visitors from the smoky shadows of Medieval England, through the Stuart and Victorian periods to the 1950s. The Old Hall also hosts many history based events such as a medieval fair and a Viking day in August. Located within the Stableyard, close to both the Mansion and Gardens, Tatton's retail outlets offer a wealth of gifts, souvenirs and produce, which reflect the character of the estate.
The Parkland is home to most of Tatton’s major events, such as the RHS Flower Show, charity runs, concerts, car shows and the North West Food Lover’s Festiva. The park is also home to a wealth of history and wildlife interest. There are 1000 acres of stunning deer park to explore by bike, on foot or on horseback. The wide open spaces are home to herds of red and fallow deer and every season brings its own rich variety of birds and wildlife. For the adventurous, there is also a large play area located next to the car park that is ideal for children of all ages. The adventure playground is an essential part of any family visit to Tatton! Further information is available on their Website.
Opening Times - 2012
24th March - 28th October:
- Park: Daily, 10 am - 7 pm (last entry 6 pm)
- Farm: Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 5 pm (last entry 4 pm). Closed: 18th - 22nd July
- Gardens: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
- Mansion: Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 pm (last entry 4 pm).
- Restaurant: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11 am - 4 pm
- Restaurant: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm
- Tatton Shops: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm
- Tuck Shop: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
29th October - 22nd March
- Park: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
- Farm: Saturday & Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm (last entry 3 pm)
- Gardens: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm (last entry 3 pm)
- Mansion: Closed except for Christmas events.
- Old Hall: Closed.
- Restaurant: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm
- Tatton Shops: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
- Tuck Shop: Closed
- 5th,6th,12th & 13th April
- 7th & 8th June
- 26th & 27th July
- 2nd,3rd,9th,10th,16th,17th,23rd,24th, 30th and 31st August
Admission Prices - 2012:
Prices per Single Attraction ( Farm, Mansion, Old Hall and Gardens)
- Adult - £5.50
- Child (4 - 15) - £3.50
- Family (2 + 3) - £14.50
Totally Tatton Ticket (Entry to Mansion, Gardens and Farm)
- Adult - £10.00
- Child (4 - 15) - £5.00
- Family (2 + 3) - £25.00
Tatton Park Car Entry Fee (applies to all visitors including National Trust members)
- Vehicle Entry Charge - £5.00
- Blue Badge Holder - £2.50
More information on the garden can be found on The Gardens Guide.
Your Reviews of Tatton Park
Julie (21 August 2012)
Tatton gardens and the grounds are beautiful. The Japanese and Italian gardens in particular.
Vikki Watmough (11 April 2007)
Tatton is a beautiful place. I've loved visiting it since I was small, so much so that my husband and I decided to have our wedding there. It is the most stunning setting for a wedding reception and for a day out, I'd recommend it to anyone.
Additional Info for Tatton Park
- Dogs allowed
- Disabled Access
- Meals Available
- Car Parking
- National Trust
Credit Cards Accepted
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