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Claude Monet, Haystacks: Snow Effect
Claude Monet at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Fri 12 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Kendal 01539 722 464

 
 
 
Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker
Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker at Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 11 Mar 2018

Coniston 015394 41396

 
 
 
Fair & Foul
Fair & Foul: Ruskin and the Grotesque at Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 18 Mar 2018

Coniston 015394 41396

 
 
 
Katie Spragg: Ceramics
Katie Spragg: Ceramics at Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

Fri 26 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Windermere 015394 461 39

 
 
 
Women's Lives through Letters at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Thu 1 Feb - Mon 19 Mar 2018

Grasmere 015394 35544

 
 

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Capesthorne Hall

Macclesfield 01625 861221

 
 
 
Tatton Park

Knutsford 01625 374400

 
 

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 Tatton Park
VisitEngland Award For ExcellenceNational Trust

Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN, Tel: 01625 374400, Email

Tatton Park is often quoted as England's most complete historic estate, with its fine Georgian mansion full of art treasures and original furnishings.

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  • Rail station: Knutsford (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Capesthorne Hall
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY, Tel: 01625 861221, Email

The much-loved home where the Bromley-Davenports and their ancestors have lived since Domesday times.

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  • Rail station: Macclesfield (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Peover Hall and Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9HW, Tel: 01565 724220, Email

A fully-furnished, Elizabethan manor-house with Carolean stables and gardens. It was General Patton's 3rd Army Headquarters for their first 6 month stay in Britain during World War II.

 
 
 
Tabley House
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Tabley House, Tabley Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HB, Tel: 01565 750151, Email

The finest Palladian house in the northwest, Tabley was designed by John Carr of York for the Leicester family. It houses one of the finest collections of English paintings, including works by Turner, Reynolds, Lawrence and Dobson.

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  • Rail station: Knutsford (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

St Peter's Cathedral

 

East Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3BT, Tel: 01524 384820

Designed by distinguished Lancaster architect Edward Paley in the style of 1300, the building was completed in two phases - in 1857-59 and 1895-96 - initially as a parish church.

 
 

Beeston Castle

 
English Heritage

Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX, Tel: 01829 260464

Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags, legend has it that the majestic Beeston Castle guards buried treasure once belonging to Richard II.

 
 
 

Meols Hall

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7LZ, Tel: 01704 228326

Meols Hall manor-house and estate have been in the Hesketh family for 27 generations, and is still a privately-owned home.

 
 
 

Rufford Old Hall

 
National Trust

200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 1SG, Tel: 01704 823814

Be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall with its fantastic furniture, arms, armour, tapestries and the carved oak screen, a rare survivor from the 1500s.

 
 

Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead)

 
National Trust

Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NS, Tel: 015394 36355

Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours.

 
 

Penrith Castle

 

Castlegate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7HX, Tel: 0191 2691200

Penrith Castle was begun at the end of the 14th century by Ralph Neville, who played a key role in defending this area against the Scots.

 
 
 

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

 
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Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL, Tel: 01539 722464

Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works.

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  • Rail station: Kendal (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Rode Hall at Rode Hall and Gardens

 
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Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QP, Tel: 01270 873237

An 19th century house set in a Repton Landscape containing fine furniture and porcelain. The garden is renowned for snowdrops in February followed by rhododendrons and azaleas in May.

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  • Rail station: Kidsgrove (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Warton Old Rectory at English Heritage

 

Warton Old Rectory, Carnforth, LA5 9PQ, Tel: 01612 421400

A rare survival of a large 14th-century stone house with great hall and chambers. It served as a residence and courthouse for the wealthy and powerful rectors of Warton.

 
 

Croxteth Hall & Country Park

 

Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, Merseyside, L12 0HB, Tel: 0151 233 6910

Croxteth Hall Country Park is at the heart of what was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton.

 
 

Bow Bridge

 

Parkhouse Road, Yarlside, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0PL, Tel: 0191 2691200

This narrow 15th century stone bridge across Mill Beck carried an old packhorse route to nearby Furness Abbey.

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  • Rail station: Barrow-in-Furness (2 miles)
  • Free entry
 
 
 

Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

 

Astley Park, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1NP, Tel: 01257 515151

Astley Hall is a Grade I listed historic house set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park.

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  • Rail station: Chorley (1.6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Macclesfield Silk Museums

 

Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ, Tel: 01625 612045

At the Silk Museum, journey along the Silk Road and discover the history of Macclesfield's Silk Industry from its humble button beginnings to the growth of the Silk mills.

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  • Rail station: Macclesfield (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Lancaster Castle

 

Shirehall, Castle Parade, LANCASTER, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ, Tel: 01524 64998

The Castle is owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the 'Duke of Lancaster'. As well as being a fortification the Castle is also one of Europe’s longest serving operational prisons

 
 
 

Nether Alderley Mill (NT)

 

Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Nr Wilmslow, SK10 4TW, Tel: 01625 527468

This charming rustic mill is one of only four virtually complete corn mills in Cheshire.

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  • Rail station: Alderley Edge (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

Sandbach Crosses

 

Sandbach Crosses, Market Square, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HJ, Tel: 0800 015 0516

The two massive Saxon stone crosses, elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the Nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion, dominate the cobbled market square of Sandbach.

 
 

Heron Corn Mill

 
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Mill Lane, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7PQ, Tel: 015395 64271

Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham; South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area, and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years.

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  • Rail station: Arnside (3 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Martholme

 
Historic Houses Association Member

Martholme Lane, Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB6 7UJ, Tel: 01254 886463

Stand at the centre of the bridge and look up river. Your eyes will fall on Martholme, a 13th Century manor house guarded by a wishful moat.

 
 
 

Heaton Hall

 

Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 9WL, Tel: 0161 235 8815

Heaton Hall is a magnificent 18thC country house set in the rolling landscape of Heaton Park.

 
 
 

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

 
Cumbria Tourism Awards WinnerHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QE, Tel: 017687 72287

A family-run historic house with strong literacy connections in a fantastic setting. Live piano music and children's quiz in house. Four woodland playgrounds, lakeside and poetry walks in the grounds. Excellent tearoom specialising in Cumbr

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  • Rail station: Penrith (20 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access