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Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN. Tel: +44 (0)1565 750250. Fax: (01565) 650179.

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      11.05.2013 01:38
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      Brilliant day out.

      Last weekend, I headed off to Tatton Country Park along with my sister, brother in law and niece. We had been in Manchester for a family event and we headed off to Tatton on the way home on Sunday. Tatton Country Park is a historic estate in Cheshire comprising a stately home, the old hall, gardens and a farm. It is owned by the national trust. If you have national trust membership, it makes the day out much more reasonable.

      ***Getting there***
      Tatton Country Park is very easy to find. My dad told me that it would be easy to find; however, I had my map close at hand, just in case! However, if you are approaching Tatton from the M6, it really is easy to find! If you get off the M6 at junction 19, it's signposted from the exit! The signs are easy to follow and will get you there entirely, even down to the 'Tatton Park - concealed entrance' signs! When you arrive, you are directed to the car park through the toll booth! It costs £5 to park, which I hadn't expected and I thought was quite steep! Anyway, when you've parked, you head towards the entrance (via the mega adventure playground if any children are in your party!)

      ***Tatton Hall***
      Tatton Hall is the stately home of the park which originally was built for the Egerton family in 1716 although as with most places, it has been added to over the years. The house is absolutely stunning and has lots of art for you to admire if that's your thing. Personally, I was more amazed by the 2 first editions of Jane Austen books in the library of the house. You could easily spend much of your day here!

      ***Old hall***
      The Old Hall is a listed building, which was originally the manor house of the estate before Tatton Hall was built. We were informed that it was originally timber framed but was replaced by brick. It is an absolutely beautiful building and the incredibly informative staff will take you on a tour explaining the history of the building. If you are pushed for time, this is one aspect of the Country Park which is completely worth the time!

      The Park has a farm attached to it, which contains a variety of different shire horses, cows, pigs, chickens and goats. My niece absolutely loved this farm, if you have children in your group, it's a must do. The staff were great here, they show you how to feed the goats (50p at the till!), do stories in the school room with the actions and entertain them in the play barn. It was worth the visit, but only because we had a 2 and a half year old in our group! If you're over 10, maybe give it a miss! Oh, and avoid the loos. I felt ill just walking in. If there are any little legs around, there is a land train that runs between the car park and the farm, for £1.50 per person.

      The gardens of the park are absolutely incredible. I know absolutely nothing about gardening, I can't tell a flower from a weed, but even I could appreciate how stunning these gardens are. There is a Japanese garden with a Shinto shrine and a tea house, which I thought was pretty cool! The pleasure garden was originally for the family's enjoyment rather than usefulness. It was lovely to have a wander around, it felt so tranquil which was pretty amazing for a bank holiday weekend!

      Tatton is set in thousands of acres of land. I was amazed by how big it is! I realised as I was driving for quite a while before reaching the car park and on the way back out again, that if I lived closer, I would absolutely love to take my bike and just to be able to take off and have some time on my own. There were a lot of people around on bikes, but with so much open space, it doesn't feel over run. An amazing setting.

      ***Adventure playground***
      There is a rather large adventure playground in the park which is a must do for kids! Even as an adult I could appreciate how much work goes in by the council for maintenance. The whole place was lovely and clean, has that soft tarmac flooring stuff and is so well maintained! Even better, it has a toddler sized version of the bigger one! Also, there is an assault course just outside of the farm, which is enjoyable for kids but more suited to the slightly younger child.

      As mentioned above, it costs £5 per car regardless of whether you are a national trust member as you can normally park for free. If you have a blue badge in which case you can park for £2.50. Whilst I originally thought it was quite steep, you really can see where it goes. The Council maintain the park as they are not maintained by national trust and its done incredibly well. The price of a single attraction is £6 for an adult or £4 for a child, whereas a family ticket costs £16 (2 adults and 3 children). This relates to the hall, gardens, old hall and farm if you are not a national trust member. If you are a national trust member, you get discounted farm entry (50%) and the hall and gardens are free entry. However, for those who are a non member, you can purchase a ticket which covers the mansion, gardens and farm for £11 for an adult, £5.50 for a child or £27.50 for a family.

      The park is currently in the "High Season" which means that the opening times are 10am-7pm although the last entry is at 6pm. However, it's worth checking out the opening times prior to your visit as it will tell you whether any parts of the park are currently out of use.

      Overall, Tatton is a lovely place for either a family day out or just to head off on your own for some peace and exploration! If I lived closer, I would definitely be there on a regular basis, even if just for the serenity of the grounds! Plan your visit in advance, as there's so much to do, you will easily fill your day.


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        10.09.2010 11:25
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        An okay day out - but not the best NT property!!

        Over the Summer holidays I was looking for days out for the children and decided to invest in an annual pass for the National Trust.

        One of the nearerst 'attractions' was Tatton Park, which comprises of a Hall, Gardens, Play Area and Farm.

        Upon arriving in the car, I was charged £5 for parking the car. Unlike many National Trust properties, it appears that the local council actually own the parking area, a bit bizarre. After paying we then parked up in the parking area, which is very close to the hall and block.

        The first place we went to visit was the hall. It is a very old building, which I guess dates to the Georgian period. The family obviously were extremely wealthy in their time, and we enjoyed visiting all their rooms. The youngest enjoyed a story by one of the guides, about the old sleigh, which apparently is used by Father Christmas.

        After we'd been to the hall, we looked around the small shops. These comprised of the normal tourist shop, complete with a collection of Golly Wogs (I thought they were banned). There was also a home made shop, with preserves, meat etc., as well as a shop with fresh produce which they grew in their vast gardens.

        The day we chose to visit, it was raining, and after taking cover, we then headed to the gardens. These were immaculate. The amount of time taken to look after them, must run into hundreds of hours a week.

        After wards we went to see the farm. It was okay, but were disappointed that there was an extra charge applied. The stock of animals was minimal, but the children enjoyed the fact that some of the animals were allowed to roam free.

        Then it was time for the play area. This was quite large, and plenty for the kids to have a go on. I guess on a nice day it would have been nice to have a picnic there also.

        So my thoughts. It was okay!! The gardens are glorious. The house is very old and will appeal with those who enjoy history. The farm is basic.
        Please check the prices before you go. Each attraction has different prices, and some can be combined. And don't forget the £5 parking fee.

        Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk


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          31.12.2009 13:35
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          Well worth a visit - and big enough to fit lots of tourists in the park

          I lived in Manchester for 11 years but I'd never visited Tatton Park. Considering that it's one of the area's most famous and well-loved attractions this was a serious omission on my part. I think I possibly had it confused with Lyme Park and for some reason I'd always assumed that it must cost an arm and a leg to visit. I'd also never entirely worked out where it was. It took a visit to a totally different country to spur us into action to go and visit.

          In June I dragged my husband over to Bremen, Germany for the weekend. I go frequently for work but he'd never seen the city. Whilst sitting in Bremen's excellent Ubersee Museum, staring at a reconstructed Japanese Pagoda, my husband announced that he wanted to go to Tatton Park and see their Japanese Garden. He'd seen a documentary on the television and wanted to go and see it for himself. Since Tatton Park is not far from Manchester Airport and required only a small detour on our way home, we decided to grab a picnic lunch and head over to check it out.

          Tatton Park covers an area of more than a thousand acres and offers visitors access to most of the grounds so long at they don't upset the hundreds of deer who make it their home. There's a massive lake where we saw small yachts sailing, and more space to walk your dog than even the most energetic canines could ever require. For an additional fee, you can explore the gardens, visit the mansion house and see a working rare-breed farm.

          Access to the park costs £4.50 per car with additional fees to enter the gardens, the house and the farm. Each of these added attractions costs £4.50 or visitors can buy a 'Totally Tatton' ticket which gives a single entry to all three but allows them to be split over more than one visit to the park. Feeling fairly certain we'd want to see the house as well as the gardens, it made sense to pay for the Totally Tatton experience, even though we doubted we'd get through all three attractions. So an afternoon at Tatton for two set us back a not insubstantial £18.50. Say it quickly and it doesn't sound quite so frightening.

          To be fair, we realised once we'd parked up in the car park (basically a field) that you don't need to pay a lot to enjoy Tatton. The vast majority of visitors seemed to be there just to enjoy the park. Family groups were setting up picnics and badminton nets, getting out footballs and making goals from jumpers and bags and having a great time. Dogs were enthusiastically bouncing around pursued by their humans. A very large and impressive children's playground was covered in squealing and excited kids and we could imagine that a family of four or five could have a great and energetic day out for just the cost of entry to the park.

          But we were there with a mission and so we set off for the gardens and bought our Totally Tatton tickets for £7 each. The gardens at Tatton have been under development for more than 200 years and cover 50 acres so be prepared - it's quite a walk to get round. We checked the garden map and worked out a route to the Japanese Garden, recognising that it would be ridiculously easy to get lost if you just wandered. We passed through the immaculate kitchen gardens with their orderly rows of cabbages, through the Rose Garden and the Tower Garden and on towards the arboretum, coming to the edge of the gardens and the Choragic Monument (don't ask, I have no idea what Choragic means) and then zoned in on the Japanese Garden. Sadly this isn't a garden you can ramble through and the route around it is rather controlled. I guess they spent a lot on it and want to keep it pristine although the sense of being allowed only glimpses does somehow add to the mystery of the place. There are several small buildings, a bridge over the lake, cast iron birds, Japanese style lanterns and pebbled areas. Of course there's lots of moss but unlike my garden, Tatton's moss is controlled and is where it's supposed to be instead of growing through my grass. The garden is mostly green with highlights of purple/red acer trees.

          After 20 minutes or so admiring the Japanese garden we moved on towards to so-called Golden Brook where we watched families feeding the ducks with the last of their sandwiches. It started to rain so we took shelter under a large tree and laughed at how much we Brits seem to enjoy the rain whilst small children ran around splashing. The rain intensified and even the ducks headed for cover. We moved closer to the trunk of our tree where the foliage was thicker and stayed more-or-less dry for another fifteen minutes until eventually there was no way we could take any more and we dove into the middle of a rhododendron bush which was still a bit drier. After about 45 minutes of this, crouched in a bush that was starting to 'leak' we admitted defeat, accepted that it didn't look like the rain would ever stop and we should head back for proper cover. We passed the African Hut in which about 20 people were taking shelter, standing on a bench under the thatched roof. We plodded wet and desolate back towards the house until we found a small arbour with a proper roof where we sat out the rest of the storm. We'd probably only covered about a third of the garden but the greenhouses weren't open and there was no way we were going to tackle the maze in case we got stuck and got even wetter.

          With the garden seeming to be pretty much off limits due to the weather we made for the mansion. You enter this from the back and I hadn't actually realised that this was the main stately home building until I'd been through most of the house and got out front again. As stately homes go, this one didn't really grab me all that much which might be as much my wet and cold fault as any deficiency in the house. It's rather a stuffy and grandiose place that doesn't imbue much of a sense of what it must have been like to live there. Many stately homes work hard to help visitors imagine what it must have been like to experience them in the past but Tatton is a bit too roped off and orderly and of course there's a camera ban which makes it hard to remember what you saw afterwards. It's a rather impersonal, despite the exhibitions in the cellars of the explorations and adventures the late Maurice Egerton, the last Lord Egerton who bequeathed Tatton to the National Trust

          After our unplanned rhododendron delay we were short of time and had to skip the rare-breeds farm and keep that for another day. We raised our spirits with some very nice ice-cream from one of the shops on site though perhaps a hot drink would have been more wise and decided to call it a day. Despite the weather and the rather dreary stately home I would definitely plan to go back to Tatton. If I had visitors who were looking for a good picnic spot it's perfect and I'd love to see the rest of the gardens which we had to abandon due to the rain. Tatton definitely exceeded my expectations and I'm wondering even more why it took me so long to get there.

          Note - the Tatton Park Flower Show is held each year in July and brings most of the roads around Tatton and for about a ten mile radius to a standstill. Unless you want to visit the flower show (and be warned - tickets are £22-24 for adults), Tatton is best avoided for a week before and during the show.


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            07.10.2009 12:26
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            A wonderful place for a day out lots to see and do and could keep you busy over several visits

            Tatton park is a place we visited on our way home from our holiday in Wales this September. We decided to use this as a half way stopping place to break up our journey have something to eat and stretch our legs. As we were only there for a couple of hours we were only able to do a small amount of the things on offer at Tatton Park. For the purpose of this review I will only focus on those bits which are the gardens, adventure playground café and toilet facilities. If you want to read about the other areas in more detail I suggest you look at the website which is

            What is it and what's there?
            Tatton Park is a joint venture between the National Trust and Cheshire East Council as such even if you are members of the National Trust you still will have to pay parking and not all parts of the property are free to access

            This is one of the most complete historic estates in England that open to visitors. The early 19th-century Wyatt house sits amid a landscaped deer park. The house is opulently decorated, providing a fine setting for the Egerton family's collections of pictures, books, china, glass, silver and specially commissioned Gillows furniture.

            The theme of Victorian grandeur extends into the garden, with its Fernery, Orangery, Rose Garden, Tower Garden, Pinetum, and Italian and Japanese gardens. The restored Walled Garden includes a Kitchen Garden and magnificent glasshouses, where traditional methods of gardening are used.

            Other features include a 1930s working rare breed's farm, a children's play area, speciality shops and 400-hectare (1,000-acre) deer park.
            Taken and adapted from the National Trust website.

            Where is it?
            The property is 2 miles north of Knutsford, 4 miles south of Altrincham, 5 miles from M6, exit 19; 3 miles from M56, exit 7, well signposted on A556; entrance on Ashley Road, 1½ miles north east of junction A5034 with A50. It is very well signposted form the M6 that was the route we took. There are plenty of the brown tourist signposts and these bring you straight to the property. Once in the grounds you pay your parking fee at the entrance and all other entrance fees are payable as you enter those parts of the property. There is plenty of parking and as this is a popular spot there are people guiding you into vacant parking spots.

            I you can cycle or get a bus to the property you can also hire cycles at the property if you wish to tour around some of the grounds on a bike.

            Our experience and opinion
            Once we arrived at the property we decided that as it was a sunny day and we had limited time we would visit the gardens and play park so we could stretch our legs and enjoy some late summer sun.

            We went to the garden entrance and flashed our national trust cards as this is part of the property that is free to access to national trust members.

            Once through the entrance area you are straight into the walled garden area. This area has been fully restored and the walled garden now is back to it original glory of fruit and vegetables growing. Most of the fruit and vegetables that are grown here are regional specialities. When we were there the branches were lay low with apples and pears. I think if you were to visit the garden in July or august there were be more of an abidance of crops. Interestingly you can actually buy at the shop some of the fruit and vegetables that have been grown here.

            From here we walked past the L border towards the rose garden. The roses here we few and far between as it was the end of the season but in when they are in bloom I can imagine this will be a hugely fragrant area. To my son's disappointment the pond here had no fish in but it did appear some people use this as a whishing pond as there were a few coins in the pond. I can't let you know if wishes will come true, as mine hasn't yet.

            We continued our walk along the main path which lead us past the African Hut this was built to remind the owners of Kenya when they couldn't visit because of the war. It was a lovely place to stop and pause and just soak up some of the birdsong. Unfortunately you can only soak it up for a brief while before the birds get drowned out by the planes overhead. I think the park is on the main flight path for Manchester airport as every 5 minutes or so there would be a plane taking off with all the noise associated with it. This for me marred slightly the peace that a beautiful garden like this can have.

            The next areas we looked at were the arboretum and the golden brook. These were more to my sons liking, as there were huge fish in the brook to my untrained eye they looked like coy carp. My son loved looking at this and was fascinated by how large they were. The arboretum is full of wonderfully huge trees giving you plenty of opportunity to hug a tree if the urge comes over you.

            The next area we came to was the Japanese garden. This area is closed off and you can only view it from its perimeter unless on a guided tour. These are on held Wednesday's and Saturday's 1.20pm and 2.20pm weather permitting. A small charge applies for this and you can only book the tour at entrance to Garden on the day of the tour. As it was a Friday we could only admire this from the perimeter. It is a fabulous garden area. The garden was constructed and planted around 1910, as was part of a fashionable trend at the time. This resulted in a team of Japanese workmen arriving at Tatton's gardens to put together what is now rated to be the "finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe". The Shinto Shrine lanterns and other artefacts within the garden are all reputed to have been brought from Japan. The garden itself is in the style of the tea garden. Stones and rocks are built into a mound capped off with white stones representing the sacred snow capped Mount Fuji, the most important mountain in Japan. You can see these all from the perimeter and the pathway guides you around the garden. The leaves on some of the Maple trees looked particularly splendid and added a colour and vibrancy to the garden. I haven't seen many Japanese gardens before but this one looked as if it could have been a place of quite reflection for those Zen moments if the planes were not going on overhead.

            One of the highlights for us was the beech maze. This is a tightly constructed maze with plenty of twists turns and dead ends. When you get to the centre you find a carved Green Man. This wonderful carving intrigued my son as he touched the wood and tried to feel and make sense of all the leaves and the face poking out at the top. Because it is tightly packed if you are a little on the claustrophobic side you may feel a little trapped. I think if you were doing this maze at dusk it certainly would be a bit spooky and your imagination could conjure wonderful ghost and goblins like a Harry Potter maze.

            The final area in the garden we visited was the Italian garden. This is a garden over several layers with steps down to a fountain of the god Neptune. Again I think this would be better visited in July or August when more of the flowers are in bloom as the beds were starting to look a bit bedraggled when we visited in September. The fountain itself is a bit of a disappointment more of a trickle rather than gushing water, which I don't think, does Neptune justice as the God of the seas.

            It is also worth noting that you can't have picnics within the garden which I personally think is a bit of a shame as on a hot sunny day the shade of some of the trees would provide a lovely picnic spot.

            We bought a few sandwiches to eat at the play park whilst our son played on the various activities. The café is a self-service café they sell a variety of hot and cold meals and soup. These are all homemade and they try where possible to use local ingredients. The sandwiches that had we certainly fresh the fillings of either tuna or cheese and carrot chutney we not skimped on. The restaurant looked to be full to the brim when we went in but the tables appeared to be cleaned away and wiped down regularly. There is also a separate tuck shop that sells sweets and ices.

            Adventure Playground
            This area was great in fact I would go as far to say this is the best adventure playground I have been to so far at a National Trust property. The reason for this is the items and activities were not only well spaced out but there was lots of different things for different age groups. The park has a lot of different things for toddler's school children and probably early teenagers.

            The toddler bit my son used had bridges to walk over a raise hut are which you could both access via steps or a swinging bridge and then go down a slide. I lost count of how many times he went up and down and in and out of the hut area at the top. There were swings for the different age groups. One of the things that amused my son greatly was a titling walk way. This is a wooden walkway that you go over and as you step across the flooring tilts in a see saw style motion. This was the first time he had tried something like this and he just giggled away as he ran back wards and forwards.

            My only criticism of this area was that the bark chippings that are there for safety and to help break a fall were getting a bit thin. I am not sure if someone had fallen if these would have provided much cushioning. For older children there were various activities including climbing frames and zip wires

            Toilets and baby changing
            These were satisfactory they were clean and had the necessary toilet paper etc. My difficulty was with the baby changing facilities as these are housed in the stable block there is no heating there. This was fine for the day we visited but on a cold day I don't think it would be suitable for a young child as no matter how un-wriggly the child I think they would get cold especially as you are changing them on a hard wooden surface rather than a padded changing mat.

            There is a "drop off zone" for disabled passengers and limited blue badge holder spaces are available at the Stable yard car park, close to the Mansion and Gardens.

            There are accessible toilets available in the Stable yard and at Knutsford Entrance. Toilets are also available at the Old Hall and Home Farm during attraction opening times. There is tarmac access at the Stable yard and a cobbled approach to the toilets at Home Farm.

            Electric buggies and manual wheelchairs are available for loan when visiting our attractions. You need to phone to book these in advance and pay a small deposit

            The gardens are paved with compacted gravel which is supposed to facilitate access for people using wheelchairs. There is a ramp to the entrance, step-free access to most areas. But there are steps to formal and rose garden which make these inaccessible to wheelchair users.

            The access to the mansion house is via a ramp there is then level access around the entire first floor of the Mansion and all state rooms can be viewed. The upper level of the Mansion can only be accessed by stairs a stair climber is available this is operated by staff. If you don't want to use the stair climber there is a photograph album of the upstairs rooms

            The shops and restaurant are all fully accessible to wheelchairs

            Car parking if using a car this price is in addition to any attraction price no matter if you a National Trust member of RHS member -

            Vehicle Entry Charge £4.50
            Blue Badge Holder £2.50

            Prices per Attraction
            Adult £4.50
            Child (4 - 15 years) £2.50
            Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £11.50

            Totally Tatton Ticket (Entry to Mansion, Gardens and Farm)
            Adult £7
            Child (4 - 15 years) £3.50
            Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £17

            Ticket can be used on another day if one or more of the attractions aren't visited - park entry charge would apply

            National Trust Members
            Free entry to the Mansion and Gardens (except Xmas events in the Mansion)
            50% discount to the Farm
            Supplementary charges apply for special events and tours

            RHS Members
            Free entry to the Gardens

            This isn't a cheap place to visit in my opinion in fact I actually over heard someone say they needed to get their moneys worth out of the visit as if you are paying per attraction and for parking it can soon add up

            Opening times
            Low Season 5th October 2009 to 26th March 2010
            High Season 27th March 2010 to 3rd October 2010

            High season

            Park Open Monday to Sunday
            10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm)

            Farm Open Tuesday to Sunday
            12noon to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

            Gardens Open Tuesday to Sunday
            10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm)
            Also open Mondays in August 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm

            Mansion Open Tuesday to Sunday
            1pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)
            guided tours at 12noon: £3 per adult/£1.50 per child (Charge is in addition to Mansion entry price). Tickets available on the day from the garden or mansion entrance.

            Restaurant Open Monday to Sunday
            10am to 6pm

            Low season

            Park Open Tuesday to Sunday
            11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

            Farm Open Saturday and Sunday
            11am to 4pm (last entry 3pm)
            Additional Opening Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th October 2009 and Tuesday 16th to Fri 19th February 2010

            Open Tuesday to Sunday
            11am to 4pm (last entry 3pm

            Mansion Closed except Sat Oct 24th to Sun Nov 1st 2009 (except Monday 26th) 1pm to 4pm (last entry 3pm) and for Christmas events

            Restaurant Open Tuesday to Sunday
            11am to 4pm

            Contact details
            Tatton park Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
            Telephone: 01625 374435 (Infoline)

            I certainly enjoyed our visit to Tatton park gardens and would recommend a visit there. I think a visit in the summer when the flowers in full bloom would be wonderful. Think the price of visiting this attraction soon adds up and I think it would be important to spend several hours there to ensure you didn't waste the admission price. That said I think it would be the sort of attraction you could visit several times and see something new each visit. Though we didn't wander around the park we drove by several herds of deer which looked vary majestic and got lots of excited noises from my son. I think the noise of the near by airport and planes does detract from the peace and tranquillity of the park unfortunately


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              14.05.2008 08:41
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              A large country house and estate in north west England

              Tatton Park is an example of a country house and estate dating from 1791. It is situated near to Knutsford in Cheshire and was the former seat of the Egerton family. The National Trust now own the park, but it is financed, administered and maintained by Cheshire County Council.

              The house is a neo-classical type building that was designed by Samuel Wyatt. Work began on the construction in 1791 but the original plans were scaled down due to cost. His nephew, Lewis Wyatt eventually completed it around 1810.

              As well as the main house, generally referred to as Tatton Mansion there is also another historic house on the estate known as the Tudor Old Hall. The whole estate covers an area of approximately 1,000 acres and includes woodland, parkland, open spaces, ornamental lakes and gardens. These include Japanese and Italian Gardens, an orangery, a rose garden and a fernery.

              The estate can be accessed from several points but the main entrance is via a long avenue that is lined with lime trees on either side. There is a charge to enter the park, although it is free to enter the grounds as a pedestrian. Being a bit of a cheapskate and enjoying a good walk I decided to park a couple of miles away and entered on foot.

              The current admission charges are as follows:

              Cars, motor cycles and mopeds - £4.20
              Horse drawn vehicles - £4.00 per vehicle, £3.00 per rider
              Cars displaying disabled badges - £2.00
              Coaches, bicycles and pedestrians - free

              I was initially slightly bemused that horse drawn vehicles should have their own price category, but during my visit I did actually see one which was that was complete with a bride & groom so I guess that this is a popular place for photo shoots of the newlyweds.

              There are many different walks within the grounds, which take you through the woods or around the lakes. Several of these trails are sign-posted and they each have varying degrees of difficulty. The easiest trails are along flat footpaths and should even be suitable for wheelchair users.

              One of the trails is entitled "Wartime at Tatton trail." During the Second World War, Lord Egerton allowed his estate to be used for the training of allied paratroops from the No.1 Parachute Training School that was based at the nearby Manchester Airport at Ringway. These paratroopers included special agents that made their first drops from cages that were suspended underneath barrage balloons, and then they jumped from aircraft over Tatton Park. There are many objects along this trail that refer this period in history.

              The estate is a haven for wildlife and there are herds of both red and fallow deer that roam freely around the park. Whilst these are relatively easy to spot, viewing is usually from a distance as they are semi-wild and rather shy. There is a further entrance fee to get into the deer park, this costs £3.50 per adult or £2.00 per child, and also allows access to the farmyard.

              The farmyard is a fully working farm with lots of animals including pigs, sheep, horses, cows and goats. If you visit at this time of the year (late April/early May) then there will be lots of young animals too. It is possible to touch some of the animals especially the guinea pigs and rabbits.

              Tatton Park farm is one of only seventeen farm parks in Britain to have received accreditation by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), which is the leading conservation charity working to restore Britain's native livestock breeds.

              Tatton Park is especially noted for its birdlife. There are many uncommon breeding species, including three species of woodpecker and hawfinch, whilst red kites are also now regularly seen. The park rangers put up notices of recent bird sightings in the park.

              There are further separate admission charges to enter both the Mansion and the Tudor Old Hall so if you want to see everything it can work out quite expensive. There is no ticket available that will allow you to visit all of the different areas but a saver ticket costing £5.50 per adult and £3.00 per child will allow you access to any two different areas.

              Close to the Mansion there is the old stable yard and in this area several speciality shops are to be found. Here you can buy gifts and souvenir's, speciality foods, plants, books and other things. There is also a café and a children's adventure playground.

              Tatton Park plays host to a wide variety of different shows throughout the year. These include car shows, classical and modern music festivals and food shows.

              The gardens are especially beautiful and it is quite easy to spend half a day just wandering around these. There are over fifty acres of gardens in total, plus a large maze.

              Tatton Park places a strong emphasis on providing facilities for people with disabilities. All of the main attractions are accessible by wheelchair users and all of the guides and leaflets are available in Braille. There are also hearing loops installed at various locations around the estate.

              Overall I think that Tatton Park is an excellent place but it can work out to be quite an expensive day out if you decide to see everything.

              It is conveniently located just twelve miles to the south of Manchester and it is sign posted from junction 19 of the M6 Motorway. It is very close to Manchester Airport.

              Tatton Park
              WA16 6QN

              Telephone -(01625)534435
              Fax - (01625)534403


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                19.01.2007 14:28
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                An excellent place for a family day out in the fresh air. Plenty of fanimals and wild life to see

                Ihave visited Tatton Park several times and most recently visited to attend the North West Food festival that was held there which we thoroughly enjoyed. The grounds of Tatton park are lovely and it has a variety of things to do.

                Where is it?
                Tatton Park is situated 12 miles to the south of Manchester not very far from the airport, 2 miles North East of Knutsford , Tatton Park is signposted on and from the M6, junction 19, and M56, junction 7. Signposted on and from the A56 and A50.

                What's there?
                There are what could be considered as 5 attractions at Tatton Park and it really would depend on what you are interested as to what appeals. We love the Farm as my young son loves animals so it is a great place to go.
                The Neo classical Mansion- This is an early 19th Century Mansion which is open to visitors, it has lavish rooms and has fine art and furniture collections. You can wonder round it on your own or take a guided tour.

                The Gardens - As well as a 1000 acres of Parkland there is 50 acres of gardens, which include a Japanese garden a Rose garden and maze.

                The Old Hall - The Old Hall is currently closed for restoration until March 2007 so I can't comment on what this will be like. Once open it is suppose to depict what it would have been like living there through the ages. I'll keep you posted on this once it's open.

                Tatton Home Farm - The farm is lovely and great for kids you can feed the hens and see lots of rare breeds there. Horses pigs and cows.

                Adventure Playground - The Playground is pretty good , it has slides swings climbing frames etc… My two year old loved it and it probably does appeal to children under 10 I would say. It is nice and safe and has soft landings.

                As well as the five main attractions there are shops and a restaurant. 1000 acres of Open Park which offers trails for you to explore, fishing and horseriding. Herds of Fallow deer roam freely across the park, while in the summer, flocks of sheep graze on its grasslands.
                There 3 shops and 1 restaurant:
                The Housekeepers Store - This is a specialty food shop which sells produce from the parks farm.
                Gift Shop - The traditional gift shop that you get at most places like this.
                The Garden Shop - This sells seasonal vegetables from the kitchen gardens at Tatton Park.
                Stables Restaurant - It serves hot and cold food throughout the day. It's isn't very cheap and I would recommend taking a picnic in summer as there is plenty of places to have a picnic and it's lovely in the summer months to eat alfresco.

                When's it Open and How Much Does It cost?

                Opening times vary for each of the attraction depending on the time of year you are visiting so you need to check there website www.tattonpark.org.uk.
                The Park itself opens from 11 to 5pm (last entry at 4pm) Tuesday - Sunday in low season. Low season is October 2nd to 23rd March
                It opens from 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm), 7 days a week.

                The entry to just the park is charged for parking per vehicle and then entry to the attractions is charged separately.

                Entry to the park cost £4.00 per vehicle. (Disabled £2.00), cyclists and on foot is free.
                Entry to any of the attractions is £3.50 for adults and £2.00 for children over £4.

                It can get expensive if you want to visit all attractions. But if you just want a leisurely picnic and walk it is cheap cost just £4 per car.

                Special Events:
                Tatton Park hosts lots of different attractions and events and it is definitely worth checking out there website to see what's on there.
                As I mention early we recently went to the North West Food festival there. In summer they hold outdoor concerts and theatre.
                We have also been to antique and craft a fair that was held there. The next trip I have planned is to take my son to see Father Christmas . Every weekend on both the Saturday and Sunday until Christmas at the Farm has Father Christmas is there.

                My last visit was to take my son to visit Father Christmas it was great.It was a lovely afternoon. Father Christmas was at the farm. We paid £4 to enter the park and parked in the car park. We then took a free tractor ride down to the farm, which my son loved as he thought it was like being on Travis (from Bob the Builder). Entry to the farm was £3 per adult and £3 per child (no matter what age ) this entry fee also included the cost of seeing father christmas as well as seeing the farm.
                There was a navity scene set up the donkeys had festive jackets on and the farm was decorated with lots of fir trees. We had to queue to see Father Christmas which was the worst part of the experince.In the queue they were doing face painting to keep the children occupied and the farm dog and two cats were wondering about to keep the children amused.
                When we got into see Father Christamas, he was brilliant, my 2 year old son whilst had been very excited about it went all scared and shy once we entered, but the Father Christmas was really good with him. They had a big bowl of sweets to give the children and each Child got a present. My sons present was a small cardboard book, which he seemed pleased with.

                We then had some warm buttered toast from the farmhouse where it is toasted on a fork in front of the fire by a lady in tradiontal dress.

                Once we had seen all the animals we took the tractor ride back to the car park, It was a great place to go see Father Christmas , highly recommended.

                In summary I would say that Tatton Park is a good day out and has something to offer most people.

                I really enjoy visiting there and would recommend it to anyone, especially those with young children.

                Additional Info:
                The park is owned by the National trust but is managed by Cheshire Council.


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                  12.04.2004 06:54
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                  Tatton is one of those places you?ll never get tired of; there is something for everyone old and young When I was a kid I hated my mum dragging me round all the boring national trust properties (my idea of hell) THE PARK Tatton has acres and acres of woodland, with deer nestling in the grass, trees and wildlife galore There is also a more formal garden at the back of the house which has an additional entrance price, this garden is great I have friends that go to Tattan all the time and never go in the garden, they don?t know what there missing!!! It?s worth the extra money even if it is a little pricy The formal garden has a terraced area outside the mansion, a Japanese?s garden further in, a large pond, small pond and lots of rare trees and plant with plaques to identify them and explain their origin THE MANSION The mansion is beautiful, the usual national trust tour but it is a bit more fun than usual there are quiz book?s to keep the kids happy on the way round (I?m ashamed to say also to keep the adults happy) and the guides are always on hand for any advice or questions but not to bossy or intrusive I won?t go into detail on every room it would spoil the visit but again there is an entrance fee in addition to entrance to the park but again worth a visit (However, I am bias having gotten married in the mansion!!!) ANIMAL FARM: This is great for the kids they can feed the animal (buy a bag of feed on the way in) there?s lots of games and activity books to complete they even have an activity centre, educational without them knowing it! (Plus I love it and I don?t have children) PLAY AREA: There is a really big play area with swings and all sorts to keep the kids busy and is well fenced in so they can?t escape and get lost (no extra fee) SHOP: The shop sells produced made at the park and in the surrounding area and at very reasonable prices, id recommend the strawberry ice cr
                  eam and elderflower wine (non alcoholic) CAFE: lovely cafe with all sorts of snacks and drinks very nice not down market with tables and parasols outside TOILETS: new block built recently and very nice indeed, have a thing about toilets, but these are GREAT CONCLUSION: Great for all, a bit pricy for each person but I think they do family tickets. National trust members you don?t get free parking like you usually do because the park is run by Cheshire council so have some change ready at the gates, but can still use the card to get in to the house and gardens etc


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                    16.11.2001 03:33
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                    Situated in Knutsford, Cheshire, Tatton Park, once the home of the Egerton family, is set in approximately 1,000 acres of parkland where herds of red and fallow deer graze. It has several entrances, the main entrance being lined with an avenue of trees. Tatton Park boasts, amongst other attractions, two historic houses, one being Tatton Mansion built in the early 19th century, the other being the Tudor Old Hall. There are also beautiful gardens and to stroll around. They include both Japanese and Italian gardens, an orangery, a rose garden and a fernery. Other attractions are the farm, which is a working one, and the speciality shops, which are located within the Stableyard, close to the Mansion and Gardens. Here you can buy local souvenir’s, speciality foods, plants, books and dried flowers to name a few – at the time of writing, the Stableyard was being extended and updated. You can also enjoy a snack, lunch or afternoon tea in the courtyard if weather permits, or alternatively in the café. There is also a well-equipped adventure playground for the children and plenty of picnic benches. There are several walks, which can be enjoyed; including one named the ‘Wartime Tatton’ and several trails around the lakes where many varieties of waterfowl can be spotted. Throughout the year, Tatton plays host to special events, including outdoor classical concerts, car shows and corporate events. You can also get married as Tatton boasts the appropriate Marriage Act license. Tatton Park charges an entry fee for cars which at the time of writing was £3.50 per car but this includes admission to the deer park and the adventure playground. There are separate entrance fees for the houses and gardens. Tatton Park is unique in that it is managed, maintained, and financed by Cheshire County Council on behalf of the National Trust.


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                      15.09.2001 17:33
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                      Tatton Park consists of over 1,000 acres of parkland, located about twelve miles to the South of Manchester, close to Knutsford. It is conveniently sited between the M56 and the M6 motorways, and is managed by Cheshire County Council on behalf of the National Trust. As well as the grounds, that contain a deer park, there are also extensive gardens with a variety of themes and a farm. The grounds also host some impressive buildings, in particular the Mansion and the Old Tudor Hall. I have visited Tatton Park on several occasions, and it is a great place to roam, particularly on a summer Sunday, especially if you're lucky enough to choose a fine sunny day. Numerous events take place at Tatton Park over the course of the year, including car shows and concerts as well as antique and craft fairs. Admission to the grounds is reasonable, with a basic price of just £3.50 per car, so this works out at less than £1 each if there are four of you. Cyclists and pedestrians are permitted free of charge. Admission to the gardens or the buildings is extra, although they are well worth a visit. The four designated attractions, other than any specific events that may be taking place in the grounds, are as follows: The gardens; the farm; the Tudor Old Hall; the Mansion. An entry fee of £3.00 is made per attraction, although it is possible to buy a saver ticket that permits entry to two of the attractions for a discount. Full details can be found on Tatton Park's official web site at www.tattonpark.org.uk, or by telephoning 01625 534400. National Turst members are entitled to free entry to the gardens and the mansion. Car park charges, as well as admission to the farm or the Old Tudor House (currently with a 50% discount), or any other events at the park are levied to National Trust members. The mansion, in particular, is very impressive indeed and well worth a couple of hours of your time and the £3.00 entry. The
                      mansion was completed in the early 18th century and shows the opulence in which the Egerton family lived. The library is particularly impressive, although there are also numerous pieces of fine art, and furniture throughout the building. It is also interesting to walk through the servants' quarters and to contrast this part of the building with the rest of this great house. The gardens are also very impressive with a variety of styles and numerous features, even including a maze. The beech maze is not even in the same league as Hampton Court, but is still fun to find your way around. The Japanese garden is also particularly impressive, with its design and variety of flora, as is the rose garden. Tatton Park was closed to the public for a time, during the Foot and Mouth crisis, but re-opened in April 2001, albeit with a set of relevant precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. All in all, Tatton Park comes highly recommended as a visitor attraction and a great day out for all the family. So if you're keen to find an entertaining but sedate day out in the North of England then Tatton Park should be worthy of your consideration. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001} [* The title of this opinion was 'inspired' by Jennifer Crittenden, writer of Simpsons episode 3F11.]


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                        14.04.2001 03:53
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                        Tatton Park is a National Trust property in the north of Cheshire. It features grounds, a manor house, gardens, children's adventure playground, a couple of farms, bike hire, ample parking and The Old Hall. Entrance to the grounds is completly free as long as you use an alternative car park, which may be found all around the grounds (check local maps & signs). In the grounds there are lakes, woods, deer and plenty of footpaths to explore. If you have come to see the attractions there is a charge to use their main car park and additional charges to all the attractions. National Trust members get free parking and free or at least reduced entry fees to the attractions. The gardens are well kept, the main house and it's contents are interesting and the grounds very scenic. The Old Hall is a replica of a medieval hall including fire and lighting. The rest of the building takes you on a journey through time with different parts furnished to different periods. Many events take place at Tatton including art shows, celtic markets and garden festivals. For further information try the tourist information for the area and the National's Trust website. There is a National Trust shop, local/country produce shop and picnic areas. It's well worth a visit if just to walk in the grounds and suitable for all ages. It is well sign posted. On a negative point if you are not a member of The National Trust it can be quite an expensive day out.


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