Dunham Massey, Cheshire, National Trust

Dunham Massey, Cheshire, National Trust

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. September 13, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Aww this looks like a lovely day out. fab that you get to see the wildlife up close.

    • Claire
      September 20, 2017 / 5:10 am

      It’s a real privilege.

  2. September 13, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Sounds like such a lovely day out! It looks beautiful xx

    • Claire
      September 20, 2017 / 5:10 am

      It is a fantastic day out.

  3. September 14, 2017 / 7:56 am

    that looks like such a lovely day, i adore the photos!!

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you.

  4. September 14, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Looks like a really lovely day out! Your photos are fab too xx

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Thank you.

  5. September 16, 2017 / 8:54 am

    How lovely to get so close to the deer #countrykids

    • Claire
      September 20, 2017 / 5:11 am

      It’s lovely. My daughter was impressed.

  6. September 16, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Yes, I would definitely like to visit this NT site, it looks wonderful and I adore seeing all the deer up close. Mich x #Countrykids

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      It’s a beautiful place if you are ever in the area.

  7. September 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    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

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      It is unusual but there was plenty of natural play areas to keep F entertained.

  8. September 17, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Dunham Massey is local to us too. Such a lovely place, we have regular meet ups with friends there. However I still haven’t seen the saw mill!

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      We will definitely be visiting again. The sawmill really doesn’t take long but it is worth a quick look.

  9. September 18, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    This isn’t too far from me but I’ve never been – it looks lovely and your pictures are beautiful #countrykids

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Thank you. It’s definitely worth visiting if you are local.

  10. September 19, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Ooh, how lovely does that look? It looks like it’d be a stunning walk whatever the season too. #familytraveltips

    • Claire
      September 20, 2017 / 5:13 am

      I bet it is. We will have to visit again this autumn/winter.

  11. September 19, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    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

    • Claire
      September 20, 2017 / 5:14 am

      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.

  12. September 20, 2017 / 8:51 am

    My girls are huge fans of play parks too so understand her disappointment but I’m pleased that she still had a great time out with the family #CountryKids

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      She never asked again so she must have enjoyed it.

  13. September 20, 2017 / 11:09 am

    What a lovely place to visit. Those gardens are beautiful and how lovely to get to see deer close up 🙂 #countrykids

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      The gardens are beautiful.

  14. September 20, 2017 / 11:34 am

    One of my friends lives near here but has never been – it looks like a great day out and i like that the deer are up close #CountryKids

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      It really is. Worth considering next time you visit.

  15. September 20, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    You can’t bet a National Trust property and this one looks amazing!
    Your pictures have captured it perfectly too. #countrykids

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you. They do make great family days out.

  16. September 20, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    It reminds us of Mottisfont NT with the same kind clock tower, court yard and walled gardens. Cant beat a local National Trust place to explore! #CountryKids

    • Claire
      September 21, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Sounds like another great NT place.

  17. September 22, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    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

  18. October 2, 2017 / 9:55 am

    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

    • Claire
      October 3, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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