My husband and I had taken off the same day from work to spend together, and after much deliberation following meteorological consultation, we opted to go to Tatton Park in Cheshire at my suggestion.
The weather wasn’t meant to be great, and indeed most of the morning and early afternoon was overcast with only a gentle amount of rain!
Tatton Park is a stately home with sprawling national trust grounds in Knutsford, Cheshire. It boasts a number of attractions aside from the natural charms of the parkland itself, which cost £6 single entry, or £11 for entry to 3 of the main attractions (Manor, Farm, Gardens), therefore worth doing at least 2 of these!
We did all 3 as it happens. I highly recommend the beautiful onsite tea room ‘the Gardener’s Courtyard’, tucked away behind brick wall just off the main courtyard.
Tatton Park : Gardener’s Cottage
We were seated tucked amongst the rockery and flower beds, and were joined for our cherry scone and tea by a friendly Robin!
Tatton Park : The Gardens
The gardens are sprawling; whether you want to seek out rare exotic specimens (redwoods, spruces, etc) or view the kitchen garden (rhubarb envy!), or stroll through manicured gardens with secret hidden pools, then there’s something for you.
Top Tip: get a map.
Tatton Park : The Manor House
The house, whilst not being the most beautiful to my taste, is fairly interesting to view. It’s the usual hotchpotch of added wings by succeeding family members of the Edgerton estate, with a fabulous Hall bedecked with taxidermy specimens from all the continents added by one Lord of the manor; a large collection of art and beautiful pieces of commissioned furniture.
Worth a browse for an hour. I’d suggest paying an extra £3 pp for the guided tour, I’m sure there’s much more to learn about it.
I have to say that some of the room were spoiled by the presence of a modern art exhibition. The pieces were not to my taste nor dare I say to the taste of the demographic of the visitors. One lady and I expressed mutual distate for the display in the dining room. Modern art has a place, and it is not alongside priceless pieces of furniture from the 1700s.
Tatton Park – The Farm
We paid a short visit to the farm, where we spent a goodwhile laughing at the pigs. It’s really unbelievable how large they get! Each pig had a bio and a short ‘character description’. All I’d say is, none of the m seemed particularly energetic! They have lots of great things for kids to do there, though it was amusing enough for us, with the rowdy chickens and Cockerells strutting about the place!
Knutsford Town Centre : King Street
We drove across the grounds South, passed the Mere and the supposedly haunted tutor manor to have our lunch in Knutsford. The main high street runs parallel with King Street, the smaller, narrower and older part, which is home to loads of boutiques, charity shops and places to eat.
We ate at Jack Rabbit’s on the terrace outside – really impressed with the food here, American Smokehouse style food.
Really great price too! Thank you for looking after us!
We has a great browse in a 3 floor antique shop as well that was just across the road from here. I was in heaven!
Thinking of going out for the day in Chester? Have any cool ideas to share? Let me know!
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