Things to see in the house at Dunham Massey
Dunham Massey's 17th Century Georgian House closes for conservation and care during the cooler months, at 4pm on Sunday 29 October, and will reopen in March 2024. A centrepiece to the 300-acre walled estate and home to one of the National Trust’s largest collections, the house holds treasures and objects that span the entirety of its history.
Highlights in the Dunham Massey House
The Servant’s Quarter
Your visit begins in the Servant’s Quarter Courtyard. These spaces served the families who lived here – the Booths of Warrington and the Greys of Stamford. These were once places of vibrant and constant activity – see the laundry, diary and kitchen, and see items of the collection that bring the history of these purposeful spaces to life.
The Great Gallery and Pet Portraits
The Great Gallery was traditionally a place for leisure and revelry. A beautiful ornate room on the first floor of the house, this year celebrating the place of animals and pets at Dunham throughout the centuries. See the portraits, collars, photos and bowls of much cherished family pets throughout the family’s history. Take a look outside the window and view graves of the family’s dogs across the moat.
In recognition of the coronation of King Charles III, view two coronation chairs in the Summer Parlour. Created specifically for the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth (12th May 1937), the chairs are made from limed oak and upholstered in a mid-blue/grey cotton velvet with gold braiding.
The remarkable 18th century closet library is one of the most popular rooms in the Dunham Massey House. This beautiful room and accompanying bookstore is full of carefully conserved historic books. It is also the location of a large wood carving of the Crucifixion, prominently displayed over the fireplace. The artist, Grinling Gibbons (1648 – 1721), is recognised as one of the UK’s most celebrated woodcarvers.
Over 400 years of history have unfolded at Dunham Massey. Uncover the stories of two ancient families – the Booths and the Greys – and their international fortune and friendships.
Stroll past historical landmarks and breathe in seasonal scents with a visit to Dunham Massey's ever-evolving and extensive gardens. Crunch through leaves on a woodland walk and watch as the gardens unveil their vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow this autumn.
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