Top National Trust Sites Around Manchester

Six of the best National Trust sites to add to your to-do list

We are so lucky to have so many beautiful National Trust sites on our doorstep as they offer great days out for all. Here is our top six that promise a wealth of adventure in the great outdoors:

Tatton Park

Tatton Park is a National Trust sight in the heart of Knutsford. Set within 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park, there is a Mansion house, farm, gardens, playground and shops to explore. There is so much to do here that you may want to return again and again. There are always events on here during the school holidays and lots of trails and adventures to be had.

Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

For more information about Tatton Park see here.


Speke Hall

Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hustle and bustle of modern life. They have lots here for children to enjoy and the hedge maze was a firm favourite of ours. The play area and the adventure trail will also keep your children entertained for a long time.

Where: Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke, Liverpool, L24 1XD

For more information about Speke Hall see here.


Dunham Massey

This National Trust is a firm favourite of ours and there is always lots going on. With over 300 acres of beautiful ancient parkland to explore, this is an excellent place for dog walking and roaming wild. You can relax in the garden and explore its historic features such as the Orangery, Pump House, Victorian Bark House and the remains of an Elizabethan Mount. They also have regular garden trails and activities on throughout the year and these are themed. The Christmas spectacular is a must see event.

Where: Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ

For more information about Dunham Massey see here.


Quarry Bank Mill

This site hails itself as one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites and it is a great day out for children of all ages. At Quarry Bank you can discover a complete industrial community and experience the very different worlds of owner and worker, who lived and worked here side by side. You can have tours of the Apprentice House and wander through the Mill and see what life used to be like. On the estate there are acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin, and cross the folly bridges as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views. There is also a big play area for children to utilise.

Picture taken from Quarry Bank Facebook page

Where: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire

%%For more information about Quarry Bank Mill see here.


Alderley Edge

This is a fantastic place to visit if you want to experience the great outdoors. You can walk the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge and see spectacular views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. Here you will discover the highest point on the Edge which was originally a Bronze Age burial mound. We regularly walk the Wizards Wander route and it is a great trail for little legs. It takes approximately an hour to complete. Other trails include; the Donkey Track Trail, the Miners Ramble and the Woodland Valley Walk.

Where: Alderley Edge, Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UB

For more information about Alderley Edge see here.


Lyme Park

Lyme Park offers a glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. It is nestled on the edge of the Peak District and was once home to the Legh family and, in its heyday was a great sporting estate. The 1,400 acre estate with its medieval herd of red deer offers fantastic walks and stunning views. This National Trust is great for children as they can let off steam in Crow Wood Playscape with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks.

Picture taken from Lyme Park Facebook page

Where: Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NX

For more information about Lyme Park see here.

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[INTRO We are so lucky to have so many beautiful National Trust sites on our doorstep as they offer great days out for all. Here are our top six sites that promise a wealth of adventure in the great outdoors.]

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