Exploring the estate at Tatton Park
With sweeping landscapes and 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of parkland to explore, there’s plenty to see and do on this grand country estate. See the deer freely wander, enjoy a range of outdoor activities and stop by Tatton Park’s oldest building: the Old Hall.
The parkland at Tatton Park
Discover the vision of landscape architect Humphry Repton (1752–1818) as you walk through the parkland at Tatton Park.
The deer park at Tatton was created by Royal Charter in 1290. Today the parkland is home to herds of ancient red and fallow deer and rare Hebridean and Soay sheep. The Hebridean sheep is one of the oldest existing flocks on record, dating from 1887. The Soay sheep is a smaller, primitive breed that is thought to have been farmed as long ago as the Bronze Age, and there's evidence that people lived here during that period.
Every season in the parkland brings its own rich variety of birds and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the meres, woodlands and rough grassland, which each provide a perfect habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna.
The Old Hall at Tatton Park
The Old Hall stands near the remnants of Tatton village, whose humps and hollows show where houses once stood. The Old Hall survives as Tatton Park’s oldest building, dating back to around 1520. The single-storey great hall, dimly lit by tallow candle and flickering fire, transports you back to its Tudor beginnings.
Tatton Park's Old Hall today
As featured on TV's Most Haunted, the atmospheric Old Hall is a unique setting for special events, including Halloween.
Throughout the year its rich history sets the scene for many educational workshops and group tours as part of Tatton Park’s varied learning programme.
For parkland and Old Hall special events visit Tatton Park’s events page.
The mansion is now closed for the winter. Check back in 2024 for opening times to explore the mansion at Tatton Park, a National Trust property cared for by Cheshire East Council. Discover its opulent state rooms, vast collection and complete servants’ quarters.
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.
Stop off for a cuppa and a bite to eat at the Stables Restaurant or the Gardener's Cottage Tea-Room. Then take home some local produce from the Housekeeper's Store or browse the goodies in the Gift Shop.
Learn about 1930s farming practices and techniques, meet traditional and endangered species of farm animals and learn where our food comes from in a unique interactive exhibition.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.
From deer parks and grand estates to the rolling countryside and woodland, there is plenty of space for you to stretch your legs and crunch through winter frost in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.