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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 field of yellow daffodils in the gardens at Dunham Massey
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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
Daffodils in the Italian Garden at Lyme, Cheshire
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Lyme 

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park

Stockport, Cheshire

Fully open today
The mill and garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire
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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

Closed now
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

Closed now
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
Red deer at Tatton Park, Cheshire
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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

Closed now
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 with curly blonde hair wearing green sunglasses lying on a picnic blanket.

Family-friendly places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Plan your Easter adventures in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. We've got 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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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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4 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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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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4 Mar to 14 Apr 2024
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Daily Hydro Tours 

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Enjoy a behind the scenes look at how the hydro turns the power of the River Bollin in to electricity

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5 Mar to 3 Nov 2024
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14:00 to 14:45
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Creative Writing with Joy Winkler 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Join us for this exciting creative writing workshop with former Cheshire Poet Laureate, published author, playwright and experienced workshop facilitator, Joy Winkler.

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8 Mar 2024
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10:30 to 16:00
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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea 

Lyme, Stockport, Cheshire

Enjoy a delicious treat this Mother's Day with Lyme's afternoon tea.

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8 Mar to 10 Mar 2024
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Join Quarry Bank's Youth Engagement Forum 

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow, Cheshire

If you’re aged 16-25 and want to make new friends, gain experience, and design great new events, then we’d love for you to join us.

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9 Mar to 14 Dec 2024
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Mother's Day Floral Arranging with North and Flower 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Our Mother’s Day workshop is the perfect creative experience for that special person in your life.

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10 Mar 2024
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10:30 to 12:30
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*FULLY BOOKED* Mother's Day Afternoon Tea 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

*Now fully booked*

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10 Mar 2024
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12:00 to 14:30
Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

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