Visiting Dunham Massey: What you need to know

Visitors walking in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The gardens and deer park at Dunham Massey are alive with colour this autumn. Enjoy a full day out with the kids, drop in for a quick hour to walk the dog or switch off, grab a coffee and tune into the surroundings whenever the need for nature, beauty and history calls. You no longer need to book to visit Dunham.

Planning your visit

Sitting on the Greater Manchester and Cheshire border, Dunham Massey offers a green escape to those seeking fresh air and open space this summer. Everlasting family moments, seasonal flower displays, thriving wildlife and hundreds of years of history can be found on your doorstep this summer.

You no longer need to book to visit Dunham Massey. Entry to the gardens, deer park and car park is free for National Trust members, but please bring your membership cards with you. Non-members will need to buy a whole property admission ticket on arrival to the car park.

The Trans Pennine Trail, Bridgewater Canal and Altrincham Interchange offer easy access to those looking to arrive on foot or bike, with cycle racks available in the car park. Located close to the M6 and M56, we’re also the perfect place for a quick pitstop if you’re heading to the Lakes for a close to home staycation this year.

Explore the gardens and deer park

Facilities and accessibility

We want Dunham to be a place for everyone and know that every visitor has individual needs. From initial arrival at the car park, to exploring the house and gardens, or enjoying a meal in the restaurant, we will try to make things as easy as possible for you.

Accessible parking is available on request. Powered mobility scooters (PMVs) and wheelchairs are available to use, but please book in advance to guarantee use by calling us on 0161 941 1025. We hope to bring back use of our shuttle buggy this summer. The paths in the gardens are flat and dotted with benches to enjoy a peaceful sit. A wheelchair lift allows you to explore the ground floor of the house.

Wheelchair-accessible toilets and baby changing areas can be found at the Visitor Centre near the car park and at the Stables Courtyard in the deer park. An accessible toilet with a ceiling track hoist, wash and dry shower and changing bench is available at the Visitor Centre.

We continue to make as much of the site as accessible as possible, but there still may be some challenges to visitors with limited mobility due to the size of the park.

Staying safe

We’re following Government guidance and are lifting social distancing rules and other coronavirus restrictions at Dunham Massey.

The safety of our visitors remains our top priority. Although we're no longer required to wear a face covering, we welcome anyone who wishes to wear one and we'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets at the Visitor Centre and Stables Courtyard

Thanks for your support and for showing staff, volunteers and other visitors kindness and respect as we move forward into this next phase together.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Other things to note:

  • Please take your litter home with you.
  • Dogs are welcome on short leads in the gardens and deer park, and can run off lead in the north park.
  • Please do not feed or approach the deer to help keep our staff, volunteers and visitors safe, and keep our deer herd healthy.
  • There will be no first aid cover from staff during your visit. If you require assistance, please let a member of staff know so they can coordinate an emergency response.
  • No barbeques, fires or braziers permitted on site.
  • Under 5s only on bikes inside the park. If cycling here, you may want to take advantage of some of the cycling routes that are available locally, such as the Trans Pennine Trail, which is under a mile away from the park.
A family in the garden at Dunham Massey


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Autumn deer at Dunham Massey, Cheshire


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