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Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' growing in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' growing in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey | © National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Gardens and parks in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

From the glorious garden at Dunham Massey to the industrial garden landscape at Quarry Bank, this corner of the North West is full of colour and has an abundance of horticultural delights for garden-lovers to enjoy, even through winter.

Top gardens in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Visitor holding a pumpkin in the walled gardens at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank 

Wander through the dramatic valley garden, stroll by the river and tune into the sights and sounds of the season as you explore this rare retreat where nature and industry collide.

Two people sit on a bench inside a wooden shelter to the left, on the right there are autumn trees

Dunham Massey 

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.

A view of Lyme house covered in snow. The house can be seen in the frozen reflection pond.


Explore all the different areas of the garden at Lyme. From the herbaceous border to golden Japanese maple trees, there's lots of autumn colour to find at the second highest garden in the National Trust.

Japanese Garden at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton Park 

Discover how the garden has evolved with each owner and their chosen landscape architect. View the Japanese Garden from its perimeter and walk through the Fernery and Kitchen Garden.

Two young women in winter coats standing by a planter filled with plants and trees

Castlefield Viaduct 

Step onto Manchester’s first ‘sky park’. Explore Castlefield Viaduct’s history and experience an urban park in the sky. The accessible green space in the heart of the city is full of winter species that add splashes of colour through foliage and berries.

A photograph of the outside of timber-framed Little Moreton Hall, covered in snow in winter.

Little Moreton Hall 

While modern life rushes by outside, Little Moreton Hall, encircled by a moat, survives as a Tudor fantasy, transporting you back to another time. The hall is dressed for a traditional Christmas through the ages on the Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December (until 17 December) before closing for winter.

Visitor walking at Hare Hill, Cheshire.

Hare Hill 

When Hare Hill reopens in spring 2024, stroll around the Walled Garden, exploring the historic parkland and woodland, spot wildlife in the Wooded Garden and have fun in the natural play area.

Parks and estates in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Feel the crunch of frost and snow beneath your feet on a winter walk in the North West. Here are the best deer parks, estates and woodlands to visit this winter.

A number of young fallow deer cross a flat walkway littered with autumn leaves and surrounded by ancient trees

The deer park at Dunham Massey 

Dunham Massey's deer park is an historic parkland and naturally spacious place to visit. Walk along the leafy avenues and admire the far-reaching views while getting a breath of fresh air.

A building on a hill covered in snow. People are walking up the path to see the building.

The estate at Lyme 

There's over 1,400 acres of historic parkland to explore at Lyme in autumn. Discover thriving wildlife during your walk into nature, and seek out the follies for some of the best views over Cheshire.

Red deer at Tatton Park, Cheshire

The estate at Tatton Park 

With 1,000 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to do on the Tatton Park estate. See the variety of wildlife, practise a range of outdoor activities and stop by the Old Hall.

A dog and its owner walking along a fence path in autumn in the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank, Cheshire, with golden leaves on the trees and underfoot

The woodland estate at Quarry Bank 

Pull on your walking boots and stride out on a walk through the 400-acre estate. Follow the river through woodland to discover a historic landscape bursting with wildlife.

Climbing a tree in woodland at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside, Cheshire.

Woodland at Alderley Edge 

Discover what makes Alderley Edge so special, from its wildlife and fun activities such as orienteering, to its areas of historical significance.

Gardens and parks further afield

Discover more seasonal blooms in the north of England and Wales with plenty of gardens and parks to visit.

View of a black and white Tudor house seen through autumn trees

Gardens in Liverpool and Lancashire 

From red acers at Speke Hall to the magnificent Virginia creeper at Rufford Old Hall, what will you find on your next garden adventure?

Sizergh Castle in the snow, viewed through the trees from the driveway

Gardens in the Lake District 

The Lakes is known for its dramatic, wild landscapes, but it's home to some intriguing gardens too. Explore castle grounds, a cottage garden that inspired Beatrix Potter, and more.

Frosty morning in the garden at Nostell with fountain and statue in the foreground

Gardens and parks in Yorkshire 

Enjoy Yorkshire's late autumn gardens and parks, from the landscaped views at Fountains Abbey, to the borders and pathways at Beningbrough Hall and Nostell.

Aerial view of Dyffryn Gardens, Wales in December

Gardens and parks in Wales 

Visit an amazing collection of gardens and parks in Wales. From walled gardens to arboretums and countryside estates, there’s plenty to explore.

Sunlight shining through the trees in Beeches woodland at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside

Discover more in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Great houses and glorious gardens, moorland landscapes and medieval deer parks around Cheshire and Greater Manchester.