Houses & Gardens

Cheshire has some of the best houses and gardens in the country, including many of the National Trust’s finest properties. The rich industrialists and landowners of the 18th and 19th centuries left their mark by creating wonderful homes and estates, which we can enjoy today. Here are some suggestions:

  • Erddig Hall - a really interesting house and gardens, built by a mining family. It includes a fascinating memorial to their servants, in the form of a collection of portraits of their below-stairs staff - very unusual in English society. (Near Wrexham)
  • Ness Botanic Gardens - owned and run by the University of Liverpool, Ness Gardens began life as the private gardens of Arthur Bulley, a cotton magnate. Presented to the University after the Second World War, the gardens are superb at any time of the year.
  • Arley Hall & Gardens – a Victorian manor and gardens, mimicking what was then the fashionable Elizabethan style. Arley has today become a favourite wedding venue.
  • Dunham Massey – a lovely mansion and estate near Altrincham.
  • Tatton Park – mansion and huge gardens, set in a 1000 acre deer park, near Manchester.
  • Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate – the Industrial Revolution may have created wealth for some, but for most it meant long hours of work and little money. Quarry Bank Mill is a working cotton mill, mill workers’ village and estate, and the poignant Apprentice House, where waifs and strays lived a life of hard work and few prospects.
  • Lyme Park – a wonderful picture-book house, with Victorian gardens and deer park, Lyme Park became famous as the 'Pemberley', the site of Mr Darcy’s famous watery walk in ‘Pride and Prejudice’!
  • Little Moreton Hall – the classic black-and-white Cheshire house. Timber-framed and dating from the 15th century, Little Moreton Hall is probably the finest building of its type in the country.