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Things to do in the garden at Dunham Massey

Rhododendron in full bloom, Dunham Massey, Cheshire.
Rhododendron in full bloom, Dunham Massey, Cheshire | © Joe Wainwright

Escape to Dunham Massey's extensive gardens and unwind amidst its natural beauty. Once enjoyed exclusively by the Earls of Stamford and Warrington and their families, the garden is now a tranquil haven for visitors and wildlife alike.

Summer highlights in the garden

There’s nothing like a garden full of summer flowers to lift the spirits. Take a stroll in the sunshine as flowers flood Dunham Massey's garden with colour.

Relax amidst lush greenery and bright colours and enjoy the scents of the Rose Garden in the sunshine. Summer highlights include the striking heads of the Cardiocrinum – despite their short flowering time, they bring visitors back year after year. You'll see the summertime colours first in the Rose Garden and later when the hydrangeas come into bloom.

Summer in the garden

Lots of bright colours at different times throughout the summer

A border of red roses at Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
Explore the Rose Garden at Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester | © Dave Jones

Rose Garden in full bloom

A rose display with blooms in shades of red and pink

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Historic landmarks

A variety of historic landmarks are waiting to be discovered in the Dunham Massey Gardens. Discover the unique bark house, attributed to the 7th Earl, and enjoy the sweeping view of the lawn. Find the well house, pause by the graves of the family’s dogs and discover the mount, which is thought to date back as far as 1173.

Especially pleasant on rainy days is the Orangery, where the family could grow exotic fruits. The perfect place for a reflective moment - adults can enjoy the plants and views, while children relax with literature.

Wander along the canal border

Whenever you’re visiting, the canal border is a beautiful place to wander along the water’s edge with seasonal bulbs planted along each side.

Picnic on the lawn

Pack up your snacks, sandwiches, drinks and treats, and settle down on the lawn for a picnic with a view. If you run out of food or drink, pop into one of our cafés to top up – there are also many different flavours of ice creams to tempt you.

A group of visitors with babies relaxing on the lawn in the garden at Dunham Massey, with blankets on the ground and the house in the background on a sunny day
Relaxing in the garden at Dunham Massey | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Dunham Massey’s home-grown produce

The Kitchen Garden has been recently renovated and the seasonal produce is harvested to be used in dishes made in the Stables Restaurant.

See the fruits and vegetables growing in the garden. Why not head to the restaurant to sample the fresh fruits and veg.

An ever-changing experience

Truly a garden for all seasons, no two visits to the Dunham Massey Gardens are ever the same. Return throughout the year to see the garden evolve under the dedicated care of the gardeners. Depending on the season, there could be a carpet of bluebells, the Rose Garden might be in full bloom, the grounds may be flooded with autumnal shades, or the Winter Garden could be taking centre stage.

Deer resting on the lawn at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

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