The top National Trust properties near Manchester are just here!
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Is it sunny outside and you want to make the most out of your weekend in Manchester? A National Trust property will be ideal!
National Trust in a British charity that looks after many historical properties across the UK. They own and manage all kinds of places. Here are a few examples: the Beatles house in Liverpool, an old cotton mill in Cheshire, castles, parks…
All National Trust places are always extremely well looked after. No matter where you go, you will be sure to always have an amazing time.
Some of the best National Trust places in the UK are located near Manchester and you should definitely check them out. You won’t be disappointed!
Here are some National Trust places near Manchester:
1 – Tatton Park
Tatton Park is located in Knutsford, about 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre. This is probably one of the best places to go in the UK.
You will find a massive deer park (2,000 acres), an 18th-century mansion, the gardens and a farm.
When you get to the entrance, you will have to pay a carpark fee (£7), free for National Trust members. You will then drive for about 2 miles in the deer park before to get to a big car park by the mansion.
Keep an eye on the deers! They are everywhere and they are beautiful.
The Mansion is a beautiful house that has been very well looked after. The visit will take you about 1 hour. You can then head to the gardens. These gardens are some of the best ones in the UK. They are absolutely massive, you can end up spending hours just walking around the gardens. You will find different styles such as Italian, French and Japanese.
The entrance for the mansion and gardens costs £7 each and is free for National Trust members.
When you go out, you will see a path bringing you to the farm. The entrance costs £7, members get it half price.
This very unusual farm is located in the old mill. You will get to enjoy both the mill and the farm itself. They have very uncommon breeds and animals such as reindeer. Several activities are organised such as cow milking.
It’s a wonderful place for kids and adults!
The property is very big and offers loads of possibilities. You can also go for a walk in the deer park. It’s recommended to have the full day ahead of you as if you want to do everything, it will take you a long time.
There are picnic tables in the park so you are more than welcome to enjoy your lunch there. You will also find a cafe and shops by the mansion.
- You will need a car to get to Tatton as it’s off the beaten tracks. Walking would be very long and tiring.
- If you wish to visit the mansion, gardens and farm, it will work out cheaper to take the pass 3 attractions (£13 instead of £7 each)
- It can be quite expensive if you have to pay for everything, a National Trust Membership is highly recommended.
- National Trust cafes are very reasonably priced and offer very good food so don’t hesitate to use them.
2 – Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Mill is located in Wilmslow, about half an hour from Manchester City Centre. This property used to be a cotton factory mill belonging to Sir Samuel Greg.
The Industrial Revolution completely changed the face of North West England back in the days. Cities like Manchester and Liverpool became very wealthy at the time as most of the world cotton production would enter Europe via Liverpool Port and then travel to Manchester to be manufactured.
The Quarry Mill was one of these cotton manufactures however it was set up in a very different way as it would benefit from a lot of lands. The perks of being lost in the Cheshire countryside compared to being in Manchester City Centre. Sir Samuel Greg inherited the property and turned it into a very wealthy company.
In order to make his mill run to that level, a lot of child labour was involved. Most workers were between 9 and 19. They were generally orphans and called apprentices. They lived on the property for 10 years and would work for free in exchange for accommodation and food.
The entrance to Quarry Bank Mill costs £20 and is free for members.
Today, you can still visit all the parts of the property which includes:
- The apprentice house: this is the house where the children used to live. You can visit every part of it with a guide. The tour is included in your tickets and last about 30 min. The guides are dressed like the kids were at the time and explain to you in detail how they used to live.
- The gardens and the park: You can walk around the park and the gardens down to the river.
- The mill: you can visit every part of the mill and see all the machines they used. Most machines have been removed to create more space for visitors but you can still see at least one piece of each. You will find volunteers on all floors. They will show you how the machines work and give you plenty of information about both the production and the working conditions.
- You will also need a car to access the property
- The entrance is quite expensive so you might want to consider a membership
- Plan on spending half a day there
3 – Lyme Park
Lyme Park is located in Stockport, on the edge of the Peak District. Smaller than Tatton and Quarry Bank Mill, it’s a great option for a sunny Sunday afternoon.
You will find a big deer park where you can go for walks, take photos of deer and have a picnic. You will find loads of picnic tables by the mansion. It’s a very pleasant place to enjoy lunch outside.
The estate is particularly big and beautiful which makes it ideal for bicycles.
You can then head to the mansion and gardens.
The mansion is very well looked after but the gardens are the best part. There is a pond in the middle and you can go all around. From the other side, you will get a beautiful view on the house and the park.
The house has a very unique character, very unusual for North West England which is why it was used in movies.
The entrance for the house and gardens is £13.80. Car Park is £8. Everything is free for National Trust Members.
4 – Little Moreton Hall
Little Moreton Hall is an iconic Tudor manor house in Congleton, about 1h away from Manchester City Centre.
The property is way smaller than the ones previously mentioned but not less interesting.
Little Moreton Hall is such a cute and beautiful place! Lost in the countryside, it’s perfect for history lovers.
You can go around the house and the gardens. The house still displays the furniture and some examples of meals. It’s small and quirky, a very unique thing to see.
You can then go for a walk around the gardens.
Perfect if you want to do something on a Sunday afternoon, it only takes a couple of hours.
You will find a cafe in the house with amazing food.
The entrance costs £11.30 and is free for National Trust Members.
- If you go at Christmas time, you will find some themed activity and maybe even get some mulled wine or cider.
5 – Edale, Peak District
The National Trust looks after historic properties but also places of natural beauty. This is exactly what Edale is.
Lost in the Peak District, Edale is a paradise for hikers. Some of the best hikes in Peak District start from Edale.
You can either drive or take the train from Manchester Piccadilly. It will take you about 30 minutes.
The village itself is quite small but you will find a tourist information centre that will tell you everything you need to know about the walks, a pub where you can get a Sunday roast and a National Trust cafe, perfect to get breakfast before a walk.
The best hike is the one through Jacob’s Ladder. It will take you up the peak and back down to the village.
It will take you about 3h to do the loop.
On the way, you will enjoy walking by the river and once you get to the top, you will get an amazing view of the peaks.
This is one of the best hikes in England. Most of it is not particularly hard but you have a bit of “climbing” that can be difficult. If you enjoy walking, you will be just fine, just take your time.
All of these National Trust places near Manchester are amazing and will guarantee an awesome day out. Just jump in the car and check them out!