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Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

WA14 4SJ

tel: 0161 9411025
fax: 0161 929 7508

Area: Cheshire
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Dunham Massey -- Cheshire
Visitor Information

Email: dunhammassey //at//
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Dunham Massey
Last Update*  26-02-2014

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

Garden: 1 Jan - 28 Feb daily 11-4, 1 March - 11 Nov daily 11-5.30, 12 Nov - 31 Dec daily 11-4
Cafˇ and Shop: 1 Jan - 28 Feb daily 10-4, 1 March - 11 Nov daily 10-5, 12 Nov - 31 Dec daily 10-4
Park: Open all year daily 9-5

Closed 26 November and 25 December (including car park)

White Cottage, Little Bollington: open 2pm-5pm on the last Sunday of each month, March - October. All visits must be booked through the National Trust Cheshire Hub on 0161 928 0075.

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: No

House Open for Viewing: Yes
House: 1 March - 11 Nov Mon, Tues, Weds, Sat, Sun 11-5
(last entry 4pm)
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National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:
May & June
June & July
August - October
To see:
Bog Garden
Late flowering Azaleas (Denny Platt Collection)
Hydrangea Collection
 Admission Prices
House & Garden Adult: £12.50, Child: £6.50, Family £31.20
Garden Adult: £8.00, Child: £4.00, Family: £20.00
Car Park Car: 6.00, Motorbike: £1.50
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
On Lead only: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Restaurant and shop open year round. Designated picnic area near car park. Picnics permitted in garden but not in deer park. No dogs in the garden. Dogs on lead in deer park.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
Rose Garden (opened 2013), Elizabethan Mount, Victorian Bark House, 18th Century Orangery, Pump House and Edwardian Parterre.
In 2014, to mark the centenary of the First World War, Dunham Massey Hall will be turned back into Stamford Military Hospital, a sanctuary to 282 soldiers injured on active service. You can discover what life was like for the patients and how war changed everything for the people of Dunham
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: II*
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Surrounding the 18th-century house, the garden at Dunham Massey is a great plantsman's garden with interesting historic features of note including an Orangery, Pump House, Victorian Bark House and the remains of an Elizabethan Mount.

Acid conditions and a varied site provide for a wide range of unusual shade- and moisture-loving plants including Giant Chinese Lilies, Himalayan Blue Poppies and rare late-flowering azaleas, all set amongst manicured lawns, mixed borders and cool woodland. Well worth visiting in spring for the drifts of bluebells in the shady woods, in summer for the Edwardian parterre with its glorious formal bedding or in autumn for the spectacular border of hydrangeas containing over 60 varieties.
 History of Garden
The moat is first mentioned in 1411 but is probably much older and the Mount formed part of the garden created by 'Old' Sir George Booth at the start of the 17th century. The 2nd Earl of Warrington removed the walled enclosures and created an enormous park which also included terraces, parterres, and two productive gardens. The 5th Earl of Stamford was responsible for the flowing lawns and more naturalistic planting seen today. He also planted purple beech in the early 1790's, two specimens of which still survive near the Orangery. His son, Lord Grey of Groby, was an enthusiastic planter and collected many trees and plants of all kinds, as did the 7th Earl, who, after he succeeded in 1845, doubled the expenditure on the gardens.

Standards began to slip by the end of the century but the 9th Earl took a keen interest in the gardens and laid out a parterre by the north front and a rose garden. After WWII the garden lost many of its features, (the workforce diminishing from 10 to 2) and it was not until the National Trust took it over with a generous bequest from the 10th and last Earl of Stamford in 1976 that restoration began, masterminded by John Sales, its Head of Gardens, and a dedicated team of five gardeners.
 Nearby Cheshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Quality Hotel, Langham Road, Bowden, Altrincham
The Stables Restaurant, Dunham Massey
Inns & Pubs:
Spread Eagle Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Altrincham (Metro tram to Manchester)

Quarry Bank Mill
Manchester United museum
Tatton Park
Jodrell Bank
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