Dunham Massey offers a fantastic day out with kids in Altrincham.
The Elizabethan house was extensively remodelled between 1732 and 1740, with several remodels since. Visitors can learn all about the 300 years of history that have unfolded here including its use during world war I as the Stamford military hospital, providing treatment to soldiers sent from the trenches. Dunham Massey also houses highly impressive collections of silver, furniture and paintings, as well as a library containing original books.
The formal gardens offer a great open space for families and often there are nature trails for the children to follow and explore.
On a walk through the grounds you’ll see ancient trees and roaming deer on open grassland in Dunham Massey’s medieval deer park. Other wildlife such as owls and woodpeckers may also be spotted. Children can watch in awe as the resident deer walk right alongside them. Children are also keen to see lots of feathered friends swimming in the lake. Duck food is available at the shop if they would like to feed the ducks too. A trip to the parkland isn’t complete without visiting the oldest building in the park, dating back to 1616, where you can see the water wheel and Dunham Ripper in action.
Before heading back home its probably worth burning off any remaining energy with a visit the log pile. Is it a ship? Is it a castle? Will you get eaten by sharks if you fall off a beam? Let your imagination take you wherever you want to go.
*Dog friendly but dogs must be kept on leads.
* Guided walks of the gardens and house run daily. Many areas are wheelchair and pram accessible.
*A park entrance fee which includes car park of £7 is applicable for Non National trust members.
*Children under five can enjoy bike riding.
*Slings are available on loan whilst you explore the house.
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