Hare Hill National trust

Hare Hill National trust

Hare Hill is a small National Trust site but don’t let its size put you off visiting. It is a small woodland and beautiful walled garden in Cheshire. Dotted around the woodland are 13 wood carved hares that your children will love to find. My eldest loves them all. The gardens are well maintained and there is even a greenhouse and plants for sale area. There are a couple of ponds, a bee hive, a bird hide. There are also plenty of logs left around for kids to balance on.

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The walled garden is a lovely sheltered spot for a picnic. The garden in spring is beautiful but I am already planning on going back over the summer when different flowers will be in bloom.

We first visited with a group of friends mid-May and have returned twice since! Granted we only live a short drive away and are National Trust members. On our third visit, we took part in a half term activity ‘Plant it, grow it, eat it” where my eldest enjoyed planting dried peas. I will be looking out for other family events here in the future.

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I picked up a leaflet whilst we were there for an outdoor production of The Smartest Giant in Town, one of our favourite Julia Donaldson books. I’m hoping to buy tickets to go see that there this summer. Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain!

Our tips for visiting Hare Hill

  • Picnics are welcomed. There are only a couple of picnic benches but there is a lovely flat lawn in the walled garden, perfect for putting down a picnic blanket.
  • A map is available from the entry kiosk. This is useful for your first visit as despite being fairly small, there are various different paths and you don’t want to miss any of the hare’s.
  • A nature scavenger hunts are also available free from the kiosk to help keep your kids entertained.
  • Bikes, scooters and ball games are not allowed.
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are available behind the walled garden. There is also a secondhand book shop with an honesty box.
  • There is no cafe. Some days there is a mobile coffee/ice cream van near the walled garden.Hare hill
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Hare Hill National Trust Family Days Out

Looking for another National Trust to visit in the North West? Why not visit my post on Wray Castle.

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  1. June 9, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Although a bit different from the other National Trust properties you hear about, Hare Hill looks like a lovely place to wile away a couple of hours with children in tow. Lots of lovely pictures included in this post also.

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 4:21 am

      Thanks. It does seem very popular with families.

  2. June 9, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Hare Hill is such a beautiful place to explore – I loved wandering around the gardens. I combined it with a trip to the nearby NT site at Alderley Edge to make the most of my time in the area.

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 4:22 am

      We love alderley edge woods too. Before we had kids we would walk from the woods to hare hill.

  3. Rachel @ The Daisy Pages
    June 10, 2017 / 7:59 am

    What a beautiful place to visit, gorgeous gardens. I love taking the kids to National Trust properties and seeing them enjoying themselves in the great outdoors.

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      National Trust sites are great for children.

  4. June 10, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Oh this sounds like a delightful National Trust place to visit, sometimes I think the smaller venues are the best. The walled garden looks teaming with stunning summer plants and the hare hunt is a lovely idea. So many of your lovely Instagram photos from the week fall into place reading this post. Fingers crossed for seeing the Smartest Giant in Town, it was one of my children’s favourite books and I’m already looking forward to your post on that one.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      You’ve just reminded me, we’ve not booked it yet! I’m pleased you have enjoyed my Instagram photos this week. Places like this make it easy to capture beautiful photos.

  5. June 10, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos! It looks such a beautiful place to visit.

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      It is a lovely site.

  6. June 10, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Looks beautiful. Such a variety of flowers to look at and what great space to run around 🙂 #CountryKids

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      It is lovely.

  7. June 10, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    why would national trust put anyone off?! I love national trust 🙂 this is so unique though, seems so quiet and undiscovered unlike a busy national trust attraction. I love your daughters bag 🙂 the photos are beautiful. #countrykids

    • Claire
      June 10, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      I actually meant the small size may put people off. I’ll go back and edit that. We love National Trust too.

  8. June 11, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I haven’t been to this NT property it looks lovely and your daughter is having so much fun! #CountryKids

    • Claire
      June 12, 2017 / 7:48 am

      My eldest loves it here.

  9. June 12, 2017 / 6:20 am

    Your photos are the loveliest! The place looks amazing and so big and there are so many interesting things to see. National Trust sites are always so amazing to visit. #countrykids

    • Claire
      June 12, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Thank you. It’s pretty small for National Trust but still so much to do.

  10. June 12, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like such a lovely place to visit. Your photos are gorgeous – I particularly like those pretty golden spherical flowers (a type of buddlia maybe?)

  11. June 13, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    From her outfit and the cute chick on her back to the beautiful gardens with the hares. I love this post. It makes me want to go too. Hope you enjoy the Julia Donaldson production. #CountryKids

  12. June 14, 2017 / 10:49 am

    It does look like a lovely place to explore. The walled garden looks very pretty, especially the wisteria.

  13. June 14, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    This looks like such a lovely place to visit. It is not too far away from us – I love a walled garden! Beautiful photos #countrykids

    • Claire
      June 17, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Me too. I didn’t realise you were local.

  14. June 15, 2017 / 8:11 am

    What a gorgeous place for a day out. My girls would love climbing those trees and the gardens look beautiful. I love the carved hares too. We picked up some free lettuce seeds last year at a National Trust site for our first “plant it, grow it, eat it” experience – the girls weren’t too keen on eating the lettuce but enjoyed seeing it grow! So lovely to have somewhere like this so close by and be able to visit regularly 🙂 #countrykids

    • Claire
      June 17, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      It’s great to encourage gardening with kids and learn where food comes from.

  15. June 15, 2017 / 9:57 am

    I go to Cheshire every few months to see my friend and I hadn’t heard of this place – I’ll have to look it up – looks like a perfect spot for a picnic though #CountryKids

    • Claire
      June 17, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      It’s a gorgeous place for a picnic

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