This beautiful part of Cheshire is most famous for the fantastic Tatton Park, which stands as one of the finest estates in the country. It leads our list of days out for you to choose from in Knutsford, but as you’ll see, there are other excellent options worth ticking off during your stay.
Activities in Knutsford
Right at the top of the list of great days out in Knutsford is Tatton Park. It’s the famous home of the RHS Flower Show and ranks among the most popular National Trust properties in England. It’s easy to see why people travel the country to come to Tatton Park; it’s one of the finest and most-complete surviving Tudor estates in the country with a resplendent neo-classical mansion at its heart.
The grounds are extensive, to say the least. Along with 50 acres of pristinely manicured gardens, a beautiful fernery and lakes, Tatton Park is also home to a 2,000-acre deer park, which spans gorgeous expanses of ancient woodlands and parkland that was formerly used as a royal hunting ground. Pay a visit, our Knutsford hotels are little over a five-minute drive away, and soak up everything this famous estate has in store for you.
Peover Hall Gardens
Another stately home worthy of your time is Tabley House in nearby Tabley. It was designed by the renowned architect John Carr and is a fine example of his Palladian style of architecture, which is widespread across the north of England. The main house sits at the heart of a 500-acre estate with beautiful grounds and a gorgeous lake. You can explore the middle floor of the house and take in its excellent collection of paintings and furniture. The top and lower floors are a nursing home, but there’s still plenty for you to see during your visit.
Peover Hall, Gardens & Park
Our third and final country house to tell you about is Peover Hall,Gardens & Park. It’s a lovely 16th-century property that’s privately owned by the Brooks family, who open their doors for tours of the well-kept home on selected days throughout the year. A visit to Peover Hall is as much about the gardens as it is about the home. The estate is beautiful, with manicured hedges and picture-perfect formal gardens. Take a look to see if you can visit during your stay; it’s worth the 15-minute drive from our Bucklow Hill hotel.
Gauntlet Birds of Prey
Knutsford is home to Gauntlet Birds of Prey, the largest birds of prey centre in the north west. Here you can see mighty eagles, wise owls and ominous vultures, not to mention other curious species such as kookaburras, pelicans and caracaras. It makes for a fascinating day out, especially for nature enthusiasts. If you want to get up close and personal with some of the powerful birds of prey, you can take your pick from a wide selection of encounters and hands-on experiences run by the centre and its excellent staff.
Knutsford Heritage Centre
If you’re interested in learning about Knutsford’s rich history during your stay, make your way to King Street and pay a visit to the Knutsford Heritage Centre. The town’s museum is housed in a reconstructed 17th-century, timber-framed building and is spread across two galleries and some stunning gardens. The main attraction is the 13-meter-long Knutsford Millennium Tapestry, which was created by 3,000 locals to celebrate the turn of the millennium.A word to the wise, Bodenham Arboretum is not free, and the price of tickets changes with the seasons of the year but at roughly a few pounds for adults it's worth it for a peaceful afternoon outdoors.