Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton Park has been awarded the title of Cheshire's largest visitor attraction of the year for the last two years with around 800,000 visits made each year. There is host of family actvities at Tatton Park as the estate has a number of historic buildings open to the public, 1,000 acres of deer park, a working farm, , adventure playground, speciality shops, sporting events, open air concerts, conferences and exhibitions. It is particularly well located 5 minutes away from junctions of the M56 and M6 motorways.

The early 19th-century stately home is opulently decorated by the Egerton family, providing a fine setting for the various collections of pictures, books, china, glass, silver and specially commissioned Gillows furniture. 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.

The theme of Victorian grandeur extends into 50 acres of gardens which are rated amongst the best in the country and represent over 200 years of design and history. The gardens range from a Fernery, Orangery, Rose Garden, theTower Garden, Pinetum, Italian garden and Japanese garden (recognized as one of the finest in Europe). Visitors can also enjoy the recently restored Walled Garden which includes a kitchen garden and magnificent glasshouses, where traditional methods of gardening are used.

The 1930's Farm is popular with visiting families and is 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 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 fascinating visit for the whole family!

The grounds of the estate are home to most of Tatton's major events, such as the RHS Flower Show, Country Fair, concerts, car shows and the North West Food Lover's Fair, 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!

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. Its 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.