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Sanctuary from the Trenches

During the First World War, this Georgian house, set in a magnificent deer-park, was transformed into a military hospital, becoming a sanctuary from the trenches for almost 300 soldiers.

To mark the centenary we are turning the clock back. Discover what life was like for the patients and how the war changed everything for those who lived and worked at Dunham. Spend time in the ward, recreation room and operating theatre as you experience the Stamford Hospital as it once was.

Dunham Massey has one of the North’s great gardens, and has Britain’s largest winter garden, as well as a stunning new rose garden.

Please note – we are operating a system of timed tickets, which may lead to some delay in gaining entry to the Stamford Hospital. Timed tickets cannot be booked in advance. On very busy days it is possible that we may run out of tickets well before the house closes.  We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

The Stamford Hospital is open Saturday - Wednesday until 11 November 2014, and will also be open in 2015.

Join us for a Great British Walk

Dunham park in the autumn

September is the ideal time for a refreshing walk in Dunham's park, away from the hustle and bustle. Why not grab a warm drink from the café and get a glimpse of our fallow deer basking in the sunshine?

First World War & the National Trust

Tea in the Hospital Ward by Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959)

The National Trust will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War at a number of our places over the coming months and years. Visit the centenary page to find out about what's happening where.

First World War centenary

First World War centenary logo

Visit to find about the First World War centenary partnership, led by Imperial War Museum, and the cultural events, activities and online resources available to connect current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

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Are dogs allowed?

Buddy enjoying a walk at Dunham

Dogs on leads are welcome in the deer park. If you'd like to walk your dog off a lead, you can go to the North Park - ask for directions on arrival. Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the formal garden, shop or restaurant.