Visiting Dunham Massey: What you need to know

Dunham Reception Garden 17

The gardens and deer park at Dunham Massey are alive with colour this month. 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.

Dunham Reception Garden 17

On 14th March we updated our admissions fees for non-members at Dunham Massey, to better reflect Dunham’s full offer and bring us in line with other National Trust places. As a charity the income we receive from admissions fees for non-members goes directly to Dunham Massey, helping us fund vital conservation work and keeping our doors open to thousands of visitors each year.

At Dunham Massey our tickets are issued per person. For the 2022 season, we’re offering paying visitors the choice to purchase either an outdoors ticket, giving them opportunity to explore the parkland, gardens, natural play area and mill, or choose to also visit the historic house for an additional charge. National Trust members can continue to visit at no extra charge.

Head to our pricing page to see our current admission fees.

It costs over £2 million to keep Dunham Massey open for everyone each year – we simply couldn’t do this without the support of our members and paying visitors. Thank you.

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.

Dog at Dunham Massey

Visiting Dunham Massey with your dog

Enjoy some fantastic walks with your four-legged friend at Dunham Massey. We've over 300 acres of beautiful ancient parkland to explore and stretch your legs. Dogs are welcome in the deer park and north park all day, and the gardens every afternoon. (Assistance dogs are the only dogs admitted to Christmas at Dunham Massey.)


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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