I rarely use the term awesome as it's over used; I mean the statute of David in Florence and the art in the Vatican are awesome, Niagara Falls is awesome and going over it in a helicopter is fantastic. Watching a space shuttle lift - off with the ground vibrating under your feet is awesome, to have met John Denver and Pope John Paul 2 was awesome. This place is solidly wonderful. It's about £11 to visit the house and gardens and about £8 to tour the gardens. You could spend all day in the house and still see only a small bit of if. Most rooms have a member of staff there to give fascinating information and point out things you simply won't know. The gardens too will take most of your day and exhaust you - the original house and moat were built around 1603, then some more work was done in the 1820's and finally around 1908. As this original owners never threw anything out there's lots of Tudor furniture on view and some Edwardian furnishings too. It really is something to see life as it was lived over 400 years ago if you were rich and influential. There must be hundreds maybe thousands of paintings around the house and the library has over two and a half thousand books. The grounds go for miles too. Lots of fallow deer roam the grounds and the gardens are special. Finally a word about the restaurant - pricy enough but the food is ace quality; sandwiches over filled like plump door stops; the pea & ham soup and the spicy parsnip soup were superb at £5:50 a piece with an excellent bread roll and butter - there was a great selection of savoury pies too around £8/9. Desserts too were filling - had a pie that was bread and butter based with lots of Christmas type fruits in it, topped with birds custard - like the house Bird's custard too is a national institution, so be prepared to pay through the nose but you'll get great food.
Cannot agree more with all the comments below. I have been a Member of the National Trust for a very long time, and live locally, so this is a nice trip out on a lovely sunny day. Have to say though, how did I miss the Farm Shop?
Tearoom a favourite haunt, and plenty of walks but my favourite is the garden in early Summer. One year it was so hot you could have mistaken that you were abroad and what a fantastic photo opportunity.
Historically speaking it was the home of the Greys, family of the fated Tudor Queen. Near the dining room you will see the genealogy that sparked the tragedy. There is a lovely inner courtyard with fountain, great place to stay cool and just a lovely old house and deer park
We wanted a walk in the area where we could take our dog and son on his bike. Dunham Massey was perfect.
The weather was miserable the day we went but it didn't spoil the magnificent architecture of Dunham Massey, nor the views of the surrounding countryside.
The park was perfect for my 2 year old to get used to his new bike too - lots of wide paths so that other visitors were able to avoid being run over. With this in mind, it would be perfect for wheelchair users too.
My only constructive criticism would be that some dog hooks close to the toilets and cafe area would be useful - although this may be an intentional oversight on their part to prevent the inevitable barking that starts when pet dogs get lonely!
A great place for a day out. We took our kids (then aged 4 and 2) last summer, and whilst we didn't go into the house itself they still had a good time walking round the grounds deer-spotting. They enjoyed the ride from the car park up to the house (there's a free shuttle between the too) as well. As ever with National Trust properties, it was well sign-posted and the staff were very helpful. I'm not sure I would have wanted to be there on a wet or cold day with young kids, but all in all there was quite a bit of exploring to do and it was certainly a very pleasant place to be.
Huge parklands, walks, loads of intresting things, house, gardens etc. really nice, relaxed, fantastic in the summer as there is loads of grass! Deer in the parklands! You can chose your ticket so you can just go to the gardens or include the house. If you have a membership and live nearby its a great place to pop in regularly as there's just so much to do and see and even if you dont do all thats on offer you can just have a nice walk.
An astonishingly fine National Trust property, set within 3,200 acres of land, containing a deer park first established in 1362. This is a great day out, whether you choose to mooch around the hall itself - and why wouldn't you? It's an elaborate warren of fine furniture, paintings and atmospheric rooms - or just wander around the expansive grounds themselves, you'll find yourself with no shortage of choices regardless of the weather. Best things to see, are the formal gardens to the side of the hall, and the old medieval watermill at the end of Langham Grove. The outbuildings are well preserved, and house one of the National Trust's best cafe/restaurants, with a well-stocked shop on the ground floor selling, amongst other things, the local beer. Open from 8 March - to 2 Nov (house and grounds), the restaurant and shop have extended opening from November to January. Admission to the house is: £8.50 (adult) and £4.25 (child); and the grounds alone £6 & £3. As ever, consider getting a 12 month National Trust membership - you'll not only recoup your entrance costs for this visit, but you'll also have free admission to all their properties (and get your parking free) for the next twelve months.
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