Days out & holidays

Dunham Massey, Cheshire, National Trust

September 11, 2017
Dunham Massey

Over the bank holiday weekend, we had a day out at Dunham Massey. Dunham Massey is a local to us, National Trust property and park land. It’s a really beautiful place to visit.

There are lots of wild deer roaming freely throughout the park. They are literally everywhere. Some were sat on the grass in front of the property, basking in the sun. Others were wandering around close to all the buildings not bothered by people at all. There are also a few large areas where you can not enter as the deer do need somewhere to be able to retreat to. There are paths around the edge and deer are constantly crossing the path. My daughter who is 4 was mesmerised by the deer. It really is a privilege to be able to see these beautiful creatures close up.

Dunham Massey

We had a lovely walk around the park land. F was initially disappointed when we said there wasn’t a play park but she soon forgot about it and had fun playing on the fallen logs and in the stick dens. Natural play areas are lovely and really encourage her imagination. She was soon collecting sticks to make a pretend camp fire to cook burgers on!

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

We also had a look in the restored saw mill where we saw how water wheels could power a saw to cut wood. F got the chance to hold an antler that was on a table full of them where volunteers were answering questions about the deer. Her face lit up and she has since talked about this experience, a sign she really enjoyed it.

Dunham Massey

Over the summer there was a lost carnival experience on in the ģardens. We decided to follow the trail around the gardens. The trail has since finished but the gardens are worth exploring anyway. We didn’t go in the house at all. Finally, before heading home we enjoyed a delicious ice cream in the ice cream parlour.

We will definitely be back over the autumn/ winter to enjoy more walks.

Our top tips for visiting Dunham Massey

  • Dunham Massey is all very pram/buggy friendly.
  • Picnics are welcome but there are set places for picnics away from the deer.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
  • If you are not National Trust members and aren’t bothered about going in the house or gardens, you could simply pay the parking charge £6 and enjoy a lovely walk around the deer park.
  • Children under 5 are allowed to cycle or scoot around the park land. This is a great idea as it is quite a long walk for little legs. You can do shorter walks of course. Bikes and scooters are not allowed in the gardens or house.
  • There is a lovely cafe in the visitor’s centre and also an ice cream Parlour and restaurant.
  • Toilet and baby change facilities are available, clean and practical.
  • Please check their website for up to date information on prices, opening times and events.

Looking for more National Trust days out in Cheshire? Have you read our review of Hare Hill?

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  1. What a lovely looking National Trust property. I’m surprised by the lack of playground but then natural nature play is often the best and it looks like you found plenty of this. The old Water Mill sounds fascinating and the gardens look beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing a gorgeous sounding day with me on #CountryKids

  2. What a beautiful place! We have lived abroad for the past seven years, and coming back it’s been really lovely to see how much more child friendly the National Trust has become, there’s a huge difference in how inclusive they are, and we love visiting their properties with our family now! 🙂 #familytraveltips

    1. I agree. I used to think National trust was just period properties. It’s only this year we decided to join after realising how good our local ones are for kids.

  3. I love how she embraced the natural ‘playground’. Places like these are so good for promoting role and imaginary play. Sometimes all it takes is a stick! There is a place near us that have the deer roam too- it’s such a wonderful experience to be able to observe them so closely! ‪#familytraveltips‬

  4. Oh this looks absolutely beautiful. We are National Trust members and we always try to go to a National Trust property when we’re in an area, this is definitely going on our list for Cheshire! How amazing to be able to get so close to the deer. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

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