Tatton Park Neo-Classical mansion and Gardens

Tatton Park Neo-Classical mansion and Gardens

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Tatton Park is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates.  It is home to a Medieval Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park. The impressive Neo-Classical Mansion was designed by Samuel and Lewis Wyatt. The stunning parkland is home to two herds of deer and is ideal for exploring on foot or by bike.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park is a historic estate in Cheshire, England, north of the town of Knutsford. It contains a mansion, Tatton Hall, a medieval manor house, Tatton Old Hall, Tatton Park Gardens, a farm, and a deer park of 2,000 acres (8.1 km2). It is a popular visitor attraction and hosts over a hundred events annually. The estate is owned by the National Trust, which administers it jointly with Cheshire East Council. Since 1999, it has hosted North West England's annual Royal Horticultural Society flower show. Tatton Park, England's Largest Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2014, is one of the North West's most popular heritage attractions.

Mansion

Set amidst more than 50 acres of Tatton Park Gardens, at the heart of 1,000 acres of landscaped parkland, the elegant Mansion sits in an elevated position. The Mansion houses one of the National Trust's finest libraries and an outstanding collection of Gillow's of Lancaster furniture. Tatton Park's lively musical life during this period is highlighted in recent films and brought to life with the 1897 Ball story. The extensive array of domestic offices and servants’ quarters and the Mansion offers a complete view of life in days gone by.

  • The Mansion Collections 

The Mansion at Tatton Park houses a large and diverse collection from paintings to vehicles, furniture to ethnography. The collection reflects the evolving tastes and interests of the different generations of the family to own and inhabit the house.

  • Paintings

A recent BBC TV program – Britain’s Lost Masterpieces - worked with staff at the Mansion and filmed the fascinating process of restoring and identifying a portrait by Salviati.

The Stoning of St. Stephen by Van Dyck is a true masterpiece and joined the art collection at Tatton Park over 200 years ago.

  • Books

The Library is perfectly symmetrical, in keeping with the formality of the neo-classical style. It houses one of the largest and most important library collections owned by the National Trust with over 8,000 books in this room alone, many still in their original covers and mint condition.

  • Furniture

The music and drawing room is the most ostentatious room in the house; Tatton’s collection of Gillow furniture is unrivaled. Wilbraham Egerton’s ownership (1777–1853) saw the commission of many pieces, especially for the house. The scullery, kitchen, salting room, and wine cellar all show what life was like for the servants at Tatton. Did you know: Over the 66 years recorded, 51,000 bottles were listed here for consumption by the Egertons.

  • Ceramics

Fine ceramics also grace the Mansion’s interiors. Collected by successive generations, they illustrate the changing status and fortunes of the family. A beautiful Minton dessert service in the Sèvres style graces the Dining Room table. Display cabinets in the Card Room and on the upper landing of the Mansion display fine examples from the collection.

The Gardens

The 50 acres of landscaped gardens at Tatton Park are the product of almost 300 years of cultivation. Each successive owner from the Egerton family played a part in the evolution of the Gardens by seeking the expertise of the leading landscape architects of the time. As one of the most picturesque gardens in England, it shows visitors today an almost complete picture of how it would have looked in Edwardian times.  

  • The Gardens at Tatton Park: Winter

Our Gardens offer a special kind of space during the winter months. Many visitors come for peace. Some come to admire the longer views across the lawns through leafless trees. And others to be rewarded with a fabulous view of the Parkland at the Choragic Monument, or study dozens of native varieties of apple and pear trees in our historic Orchard.

  • Japanese Garden

Created over 100 years ago, our Japanese Garden is renowned for its authenticity around the world, including Japan. Features include a Shinto Shrine, Tea House, Flying Goose Bridge, lanterns, Almond-Eye Bridge, and a mound representing a snow-capped Mount Fuji.

  • Walled Kitchen Garden, crops growing in our three walled gardens and orchard are tended to and harvested by our team of gardeners. This product is then passed on to chefs in our on-site restaurants and used in seasonal dishes for you to enjoy.
  •  Glasshouses, our Fernery, Conservatory, and Pinery are impressive examples of glasshouses built in the 1800s and remain intact. The Egertons imported tropical plants from their travels to New Zealand and Australia, some of which are still part of the collection today. 
  • Pleasure Grounds refer to a collection of distinct areas within the Gardens that were designed specifically for enjoyment. These include the Maze, Charlotte's Garden, Topiary, Italian Garden, Rose Garden, Tower Garden, Arboretum, Choragic Monument, and African Hut.

The Farm

Tatton Park’s 40-acre farm fed the Tatton Estate family and staff. The woodland play area, den building, and kid’s trails bring young imaginations to life. The farm is one of only 17 farm parks in the UK to have received the Rare Breeds Accreditation award which recognizes their commitment to the conservation, breeding, and promotion of rare or endangered breeds of farm animals.

Discover this Field to Fork story by meeting farmworkers from the past and present, exploring original buildings such as the impressive 18th century Mill, and watching fascinating demonstrations. 

Winter Farm, keeping sure that the animals have got enough to eat whilst the grass isn’t growing in winter.

Family Farm Fun, meet all of the rare-breed animals, old and new to the Farm, explore the seasonal maize maze, talk to characters from the past and present like Aunt Mary making butter in the Caretaker's Cottage, listen to soundscapes in the Slaughterhouse, enjoy food demonstrations & enjoy a picnic.

A Rare Breed Farm has to meet various criteria, involving not only the livestock but the standards of the premises, the knowledge of the staff, and detailed examination of pedigree records, movement information, and health requirements. Meet animals like pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, cows, and sheep.

Parkland

With 1,000 acres of deer park for the public to enjoy as well as woodland areas and meres, the Parkland is a fascinating landscape to explore.

  • Visitors Activity, visitors are welcome to walk, cycle, Dog walking, Sailing, Fishing
  • Tatton Park's Adventure Playground is a must for our younger visitors! It’s conveniently located near the main car park and suitable for all ages and abilities of children from teens to toddlers.
  • Picnicking at Tatton Park is an ideal location to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge, in the woodland shade, or on the open grassland. 
  • Horse Riding is permitted all year round. You may enter the Parkland on horseback from either Rostherne or Knutsford Gate. 
  • Bird Watching (Allen Bird Hide): During the summer you can spot Kingfishers and Sand Martins over the mere and several woodland birds including Nuthatches, Treecreepers, and Great Spotted Woodpecker. During the winter, wildfowl numbers increase including Shoveler, Goldeneye, Wigeon, and Tufted Duck.
  • Wildlife, winter is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the beautiful parkland scenery and discover the wealth of wildlife that can be found at Tatton Park. Also, throughout the year, there are deer, birds, bats, and butterflies.

The Old Hall 

The medieval Old Hall is its hidden gem. The hall was originally timber-framed, which was subsequently replaced by brick. It is L-shaped, in two stores. The floors that had been inserted into the older wing have been removed, revealing the complex wooden roof. The Old Hall stands on grounds surrounded by a wall. Within these grounds is a reconstructed cruck barn. The Cruck Barn at Old Hall with its rustic symmetry is a rare example of 15th and 16th-century architecture - constructed from a series of paired timbers called crucks, each forming a shape like a letter The Old Hall and its grounds make the ideal place for live events.

The Gift Shop

With an impressive choice of stylish gifts, traditional souvenirs, and contemporary ideas. They are stocking more locally sourced gifts - "Handmade Naturals" for bathing and hand creams; locally made soaps; "Thatched Candles" made from soy & "Vintage Poultry" who make beautiful cards & cushions. "Buzzbalms" is also available in the shop.

Shopping and Dining

Shopping and dining have never been so enjoyable at Tatton Park, with plenty of food, drink, and gift offerings to complete your day out.

  • The Gardener's Cottage is a delightful cafe, nestled between the historic Walled Kitchen Gardens and the atmospheric Stableyard.
  • Housekeeper's Store, a wide range of local produce and merchandise including jams, chutneys, ales, gins, handmade chocolates, beeswax wraps, and perfect as gifts and hamper ideas or as an indulgent treat on your visit!
  • The Stable, uses fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and salad grown in the Walled Kitchen Garden

The Garden Shop, gift shop, The Tuck shop, etc. are a few of the shopping areas.

Tatton Park is a beautiful piece of a countryside full of roaming deer and amazing wildlife. It’s a must-visit that provides lots of activities and most of all an opportunity to enjoy the countryside.

 

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