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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

Fallow deer in front of Dunham Massey House
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Dunham Massey 

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

Altrincham

Fully open today
View of Lyme Hall and 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
A view of the Mill from the cliff gardens
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Quarry Bank 

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

Fully open today
Young family exploring walled garden at Hare Hill 1635043
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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
The south front of Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
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Little Moreton Hall 

Iconic Tudor Manor House with wonky angles and quirky character

Congleton, Cheshire

Fully open today
The view across the countryside from the sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. There are rocks and trees at the edge of a steep descent, and countryside stretches ahead towards the horizon.
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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

Fully open today
Two younger women in summer dresses looking at plants on a very sunny day
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Castlefield Viaduct 

A Victorian-era steel viaduct transformed into a 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 weekends.

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Fully open today
The fully restored medieval building of Nether Alderley Mill, Cheshire
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Nether Alderley Mill 

Concealed under the long sloping roof of this medieval building is a fully restored, working corn mill.

Macclesfield, Cheshire

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 a family day out 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.

Small boy in blue hat and white dinosaur shirt throwing a stick to the ground in a forest.

Things to do with the family in the summer holidays 

Let imaginations run wild while clambering over outdoor play areas. Bug hunt, dress up, and make wild art with nature’s materials. Seek and find among ancient trees and spy wildlife along lesser-trodden paths. Get active with sports-day games or race around a maze. And when it’s time to pause and recharge, unpack the picnic, refuel at a café or tuck into an ice cream. Click to start your summer adventure at Dunham Massey, Lyme, Quarry Bank, Hare Hill, Little Moreton Hall and Tatton Park.

What's on 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.

Live outdoor theatre performance at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Upcoming events in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

From outdoor theatre events to guided walks and talks, find out what's on in Cheshire and Greater Manchester to help make your next visit even more memorable.

The silhouette of a family walking beside two giant illuminated deer installations
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Christmas at Dunham Massey 

The festive light trail at Dunham Massey features beautiful walk-through light installations, joyful Christmas music, and seasonal food and drink. Ideal for all ages and abilities, this iconic trail is the perfect place to share special moments with those you love.

A spooky scene of pumpkins, ghosts and phantoms under a full moon in front of Quarry Bank Mill
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Halloween at Quarry Bank 

Brought to you by the producers of Christmas at Dunham Massey, this brand-new Halloween trail is filled with so many hidden surprises.

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 

This 19th-century stable has modern rooms tucked into the original rustic spaces. It's by the canal path and has the Dunham Massey estate nearby.

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.

Our work in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

View of a woodland path next to the River Bollin
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River Bollin Riverlands project 

Find out how we're delivering the River Bollin Riverlands project to improve the health of the river in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. The project includes Quarry Bank, Dunham Massey, Lyme, Alderley Edge and Hare Hill.

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Our work at Castlefield Viaduct 

Learn about our vision for Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester and about the work we're doing in partnership to transform this historic structure into an urban park for people and nature.

Looking through an archway sided by panels with stained-glass windows into the inner courtyard at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. The decorative black-and-white exterior of the Tudor house is visible on the other side of the courtyard, which has light gravel on the ground.
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Our work: the Moreton Papers 

Take a glimpse into the Moreton family letters held at the British Library, transcribed by our research volunteers, and offering a valuable insight into 17th century life.

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Restoring the Cadmus Tapestries at Lyme 

Find out more about the restoration of the Flemish Cadmus tapestry at Lyme, a set of three which tell the myth of the founding of Thebes.

Upcoming events

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*SOLD OUT*Pigs Galore at the Farm 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

NOW SOLD OUT

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13 Jul 2024
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Summer of Play - Wildlife Walk for Little Legs 

Dunham Massey, Altrincham

Who lives here? From hedgehogs in their houses to worms tunnelling underground, discover the gardens brimming with life. For under 5s and their grownups.

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13 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
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Summer of Play - Join our Band 

Dunham Massey, Altrincham

Make music in the formal gardens and discover big, bright and bold musical installations.

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13 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
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Summer of Play 

Dunham Massey, Altrincham

At Dunham Massey, families and friends are encouraged to harness the vibrancy and joy of longer warmer days, with a playful, three-month celebration of summer.

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13 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
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Exhibition: For the love of cotton 

Quarry Bank

In this exhibition we will explore the story of the past, present and future of the cotton textile industry in the North West and the world

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13 Jul to 3 Nov 2024
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10:30 to 17:00
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Join Quarry Bank's Youth Engagement Forum 

Quarry Bank

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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13 Jul to 14 Dec 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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Apprentice House Tours 

Quarry Bank

Explore the home of the child workers of Quarry Bank on a unique tour

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13 Jul to 29 Dec 2024
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11:00 to 15:15
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Little Grey Fergie at the Farm 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Say hello to Little Grey Fergie; the clever little grey tractor who can move all by himself.

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13 Jul to 27 Oct 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

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