A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories.
Welcome to Dunham Massey. Encircled by its protective wall, Dunham Massey is a green oasis nestled between the urban sprawl of Manchester and rural tranquillity of Cheshire.
The home of two great families, the Booths and the Greys, the history of Dunham Massey is intimately tied to empire. A fortunate marriage to an East India trading heiress saved the property at the beginning of the 18th century.
Dunham Massey has a connection to Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia and staunch opponent of fascism. Roger, 10th Earl of Stamford and lifelong friend of the emperor from the time of his visit to Dunham Massey in 1938, flew the Lion of Judah flag from the roof of the house each year to mark Selassie’s birthday.
The park and garden are the ideal place to enjoy the ever-changing landscape, while you can discover hundreds of years of history inside the house and servants' courtyard.
A ramble around the park will reveal a range of architectural oddities and views of the house complete with Dunham’s resident herd of fallow deer; you may also glimpse other wildlife including owls and woodpeckers. Enjoy a guided walk of the deer park, or take the chance to wrap up warm and wander freely amongst groves of ancient trees.
Dunham is also home to one of Britain’s finest winter gardens, with plenty of scent and colour to delight the senses throughout the year. Unwind on one of the accessible circular walks before warming up with a hearty homemade meal at the Stables Restaurant.
Find local Cheshire produce and an extensive garden section complete with plants grown at Dunham Massey at one of the largest National Trust shops in the north.
With special events all year round, there’s plenty to brighten your day at Dunham.