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Two visitors walking in the winter garden at Dunham Massey while laughing and holding hands
Visitors exploring the garden at Dunham Massey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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.

Where to see snowdrops in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Despite the cold, snowdrops can be found thriving in pastures, woods, gardens and orchards across the UK from January to early March. Their white petals and green leaves brighten the winter months and signal that warmer seasons are on their way. Discover the best spots for seeing snowdrops in the north west.

White snowdrops in flower in the Bodnant Garden in January
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Dunham Massey 

Walk through winding paths amongst carpets of snowdrops in one of the largest winter gardens in the UK.

Snowdrops on a grassy slope in front of a mill, just about discernible in the distance
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Quarry Bank 

There's plenty of colour to find at Quarry Bank in winter. Explore the garden to find carpets of snowdrops as well as other seasonal flowers like hellebores and cyclamen.

Snowdrops and reflection lake at Lyme, Cheshire
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Lyme 

Frosty mornings and a windswept moorland backdrop provide the perfect place to spot snowdrops at Lyme.

A couple, of advancing years, stop to look at the snowdrops growing among birch trees while the winter sun pierces the leafless trees

Where to see snowdrops 

Snowdrops are a sign that milder weather is on the way. Find out where to see swathes of these delicate white blooms at the places we care for.

Top gardens in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Robin in the snow covered garden at Quarry Bank
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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.

Snowdrops beneath a grove of silver birch trees in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
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Dunham Massey 

Stroll past historical landmarks and breathe in seasonal scents with a visit to Dunham Massey's ever-evolving and extensive gardens. Home to one of the largest winter garden's in the UK, January and February will see thousands of snowdrops, irises, cyclamen and other winter flowers emerging.

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

Explore all the different areas of the garden at Lyme. This winter appreciate the formal geometry around the house with straight edges, columns of yew and clipped hedges demonstrating man’s dominance in comparison to the wild moors and parkland beyond.

Japanese Garden at Tatton Park, Cheshire
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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
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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.

Visitors walking through the gardens in August at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
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Little Moreton Hall 

Though the garden is small there is plenty to see. A fine selection of native flowers as well as early introductions from the continent grow here. You can wander around the garden and discover the plants which the Moreton’s would have likely grown.

Visitor walking at Hare Hill, Cheshire.
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Hare Hill 

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Walled Garden, or take a seat to listen to birdsong in the Wooded Garden, while the natural play area is perfect for little ones.

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.

Visitors walking on a path through the winter parkland at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
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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.
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The estate at Lyme 

There's over 1,400 acres of historic parkland to explore at Lyme in winter. 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
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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.

The mill pond in winter at Quarry Bank
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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.
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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.

A man and a women dressed for winter walking through the garden at Speke Hall.
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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.

A clump of daffodils pictured in front of the house at Nostell

Gardens and parks in Yorkshire 

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

View of daffodils in the garden with Powis Castle on the hill in the background in Powys, Mid Wales.

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.

A young girl and family member admiring the blossom in the Lower Garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Discover more in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

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