Explore the historic stables

Explore the North Stables as a motor house and garage, converted in the early 20th century, and experience the South Stables in their original state as home to horses and cows.

A rare and important survival from an era when horses were the most popular means of transport, the stables can be seen relatively unchanged since their completion in the early 18th century.

Experience the sights and sounds of the historic stables
Projections of horses on the wall in the 18th century stables at Dunham Massey

Originally built to house around 25 animals plus carriages, over time the stables became home to horses (including race horses such as Symmetry, Nimrod and Fury), cows and ponies. As cars replaced horses on the road, the stables were converted into garages, storage spaces and even a racquet court.

Explore the North Stables as a motor house and garage, converted in the early 20th century and see Lord Stamford’s 1935 Morris Ten Four on display along with accounts about his chauffeur, Piers Davenport. Are you one of the local people who remembers Piers driving Lord Stamford to and from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham each day?

In the South Stables, shadowy projections and sound effects evoke the sights and sounds of the stables and the animals they housed.

Lord Stamford's chauffeur Piers Davenport at Dunham Massey
Lord Stamford's chauffeur Piers Davenport