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Cheshire and Greater Manchester

With grand houses and medieval deer parks, glorious gardens, a working cotton mill and dramatic landscapes, there are plenty of places to discover across Cheshire and Greater Manchester. From the city's heritage to the beautiful Cheshire countryside, town meets country in this special part of the world.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

A herd of deer gather in the snow in the Dunham Massey Park.
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Dunham Massey 

A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories.

Altrincham

Partially open today
Family relaxing in the colourful National Trust deckchairs on the lawn in front of house the at Lyme Park, Cheshir
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Lyme 

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park

Stockport, Cheshire

Partially open today
The mill and house under snow at Quarry Bank, Yorkshire
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Quarry Bank 

One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, set in picturesque gardens and countryside

Wilmslow, Cheshire

Fully open today
A close-up shot of a robin sitting on a branch in winter
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Hare Hill 

A tranquil wooded garden, surrounded by historic parkland, with a delightful walled garden at its heart.

Macclesfield, Cheshire

Fully open today
North view of the courtyard and north face of Little Moreton Hall's black-and-white Tudor house.
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Little Moreton Hall 

Iconic Tudor Manor House with wonky angles and quirky character

Congleton, Cheshire

Fully open today
Three walkers in hats and coats explore the woodland at Alderley Edge in winter.
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Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside 

Dramatic red sandstone escarpment, with impressive views

Macclesfield, Cheshire

Fully open today
Two women with prams walking through an autumnal garden at Tatton Park
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Tatton Park 

An historical estate with a neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 1000 acres of deer park, a rare breed farm and medieval Old Hall.

Knutsford, Cheshire

Partially open today
Woman in a yellow jacket holding her daughter who is wearing a red jacket and pushing a buggy along a path surrounded by large metal planters filled with plants and trees
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Castlefield Viaduct 

A Victorian-era steel viaduct transformed into a temporary green ‘sky garden’ in the heart of Manchester. Book a free morning guided visit or wander at your own pace, no booking needed, from 12.30pm everyday and all day Wednesdays and weekends.

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Fully open today

Things to see and do with the family

Looking for places to visit with the kids in Cheshire and Greater Manchester? Explore days out in nature, fun things to do for all the family and places to spot wildlife all year round.

A child in wellies jumps in a muddy puddle.

Family-friendly places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Plan a February half term or Easter adventure in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, with play areas, activities for kids, wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rains, there's something for the whole family.

A family walk along a garden path surrounded by daffodils

Easter adventures with the National Trust 

Easter is just around the corner and there are plenty of adventures to be had at the places in our care. On our Easter trails you'll receive a trail sheet to guide you on your adventure and Easter bunny ears to wear along the way. And of course you’ve got a choice between a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg at the end! Click to see all Easter events in the north west.

What's on in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Visitors at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Upcoming events in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

There's always something new to see or do at National Trust places near you – join in a host of seasonal adventures and events for all ages. Find out what's on and what's coming soon in Cheshire and Greater Manchester to help make your next visit even more memorable.

Visit the National Trust without a car

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester that you can visit without a car.

Visitors arriving at Quarry Bank
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Places you can visit in Cheshire and Greater Manchester without a car 

Travel by train, bus, bike or foot for a sustainable day out to the places in our care in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Volunteering in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in our work across Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Green academy programme volunteer on a wildflower planting project in the upper garden at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Volunteering in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Discover how you can offer your skills at the places we look after in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Meet new people and help a great cause, in a new volunteer role.

Gardener volunteers at work at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire
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Supporter groups in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Find out about the supporter groups you can join in Cheshire and Greater Manchester including The Manchester Centre, East Cheshire National Trust Association and Frodsham and District Association.

Places to stay in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Deer in the parkland in winter at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
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Places to stay in Cheshire 

With grand houses and medieval deer parks, glorious autumn gardens, a working cotton mill and dramatic landscapes, there are plenty of reasons to book a holiday in Cheshire.

The outdoor seating at Hempfield Stables, Cheshire

Hempfield Stables, Dunham Massey 

A converted stable full of rustic features and modern luxuries, by the canal path and near Dunham Massey’s walks and historic attractions.

The exterior of West Lodge, Cheshire

Lyme West Lodge 

Tucked away on the glorious Lyme Park estate, Lyme West Lodge is a picture-book pretty Edwardian cottage set in leafy woodland.

Visitors stand on the shore of Derwentwater at Tarn Hows, with a dog paddling among rocks close to shore. In the background is a wooded island
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Plan a holiday to the Lake District 

From dog-friendly and romantic holiday cottages to five outdoor campsites, plan your holiday in the home of Beatrix Potter, fascinating history, dramatic landscapes and – of course – plenty of lakes.

Upcoming events

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February Half Term 

Lyme, Stockport, Cheshire

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at Lyme this half term, including indoor family trails, outdoor nature-inspired activities, and toddler play all free for National Trust Members or included in the admissions price.

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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09:00 to 16:00
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Welly Walk: a family trail 

Dunham Massey, Altrincham

Let’s make a splash! Brush off your best boots, wring out your waterproofs and join us for a welly walk around the gardens.

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21 Feb to 17 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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A Healthy Profit Exhibition 2024 

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow, Cheshire

The final chance to explore an exhibition in which we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a Mill, and how this historical story is relevant to our health and wellbeing today.

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21 Feb to 14 Apr 2024
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10:30 to 16:30
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February half term | Mill trail 

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Perfect for those rainy days, bring your little ones to crack the mystery of the CSI trail

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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10:30 to 17:00
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February half term | Wellies and wellbeing 

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Pull on your wellies and jump into half term at Quarry Bank

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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10:30 to 17:00
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Half term Scarecrow Pop Star Festival 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Join us for our annual scarecrow festival this February half-term 2024 at Tatton Park! The gardens and farm will host a trail of scarecrows in the theme of 'Pop Stars'. (closed Mondays)

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Let loose: Toddler play 

Lyme, Stockport, Cheshire

Join us in the chapel each Tuesday and Thursday in half term from 10am – 2pm for pre-school play, stories, and activities. Meet other grown ups, or plan a playdate.

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22 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 14:00
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Segway Experience 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Take to our Segways with this event; these environmentally friendly fun-filled machines create a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

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23 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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09:00 to 16:00
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Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.