a great day out

Places to visit in Knutsford

A great day out...

If you’re visiting The Mere, there are plenty of sights to see around the area. We’ve pulled together our top picks for all to enjoy, including historical sites, shopping areas and family fun activities! While you’re in here, speak to our concierge team before you venture out, as they’ll be able to advise on their must-see sights!

Tatton Park

With 50 acres of garden, Tatton Park not only offers beautiful surroundings, but plenty to see for the whole family. Uncover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall and witness life above and below stairs in the Mansion. There’s also a working farm that welcomes little ones to come along and help out! Take a rest at the Stableyard for a cosy cuppa or a spot of lunch, or browse a range of local products and gifts in their speciality shops.

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall & Gardens is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style.

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, entrepreneurs and how the Industrial Revolution changed the world. Watch hand spinners at work, experience the clatter of machinery and the hiss of steam engines and marvel at the powerful waterwheel.

Take the kids back in time to an era when children were to be seen and not heard by visiting the evocative Apprentice House, which housed the child labourers who worked in the mill. Quarry Bank also has delightful gardens and in 2016, the major Heritage Lottery-funded project gives the opportunity to witness conservation in action as the glasshouse and kitchen garden are restored.

knutsford rail trail

The circular walk of Knutsford Rail Trail explores the beautiful and historic town of Knutsford as well as the grounds of Tatton Park. Pass by the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park, one of the UK’s most complete historic estates, taking in the 1000 acre deer park, before venturing through the footpaths highlighting the beauty and history of the park.

The terrain is flat and accessible, passing a number of shops, cafes and restaurants. Perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey’s deer park covers 192.7 acres of Cheshire woodland and parkland. The herd of fallow deer reside in the park have done so for hundreds of years. Part of the Dunham Massey Estate, the park has a magnificent collection of ancient trees. Many of the giant oak trees dating back as far as the 17th century, so it’s now considered a site of national importance.

Dunham Park also has a history of housing rare insects and fungi in its ancient trees, drawing experts from around the world to research since the 1860s.

Tabley House

Tabley House is the only 18th century Palladian country house in Cheshire. The house was built by the architect John Carr of York for Sir Peter Byrne Leicester, in 1767.

The rooms which are open to the public are the original state rooms, designed to impress. They include the Portico Room (the original entrance hall), the Drawing Room, the Common Parlour, the Dining Room, the Oak Hall, and the Gallery.

Knutsford Heritage Centre

Knutsford Heritage Centre is set in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building on King Street. There’s a lot to explore with three galleries over two buildings, two beautifully maintained gardens and a well-stocked gift shop. This is also the home of the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry. Set in three distinct panels, the remarkable tapestry is more than 13 metres long and was created by over 3,000 local residents to celebrate Knutsford in the millennium year.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Learn more about the Big Bang, explore the invisible Universe or discover more about the world-famous giant Lovell Telescope. The Galaxy Gardens are a beautiful new addition planted to the design of TV gardener Chris Beardshaw, who worked in collaboration with Jodrell Bank astronomer Dr Tim O’Brien.

The award-winning cafe offers a full menu which is centred round the British seasons using quality, local ingredients.

Chester Zoo

With over 20,000 animals and 500 different species, Chester Zoo makes a fascinating day out for the whole family. Take the monorail to get a bird’s eye view of the park, or enjoy a lazy river boat trip through the heart of the grounds. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, plus lots of educational tours for the kids.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Home to over 100 living displays including the UK’s largest collection of sharks, Blue Planet Aquarium offers a watery world of discovery for all ages. Don’t miss the daily Aqua theatre shows – the kids will love watching the divers feed the fish from the huge underwater viewing window. Get close to nature, learn about exotic fish, live corals and meet a variety of exotic specimens including seahorses, starfish, piranhas and caiman crocodiles.

Gulliver's World

For a day of family fun, head to the North West’s family-run park, Gulliver’s World, designed for families with children between 2 and 13 years of age. Choose from over 70 rides and attractions, the Splashzone, theatre shows and restaurants!


Chill Factore

If you’re looking to venture away from the resort, the UK’s longest indoor ski-slope, Chill Factore, is just 25 minutes’ away. Experience superb skiing and snowboarding facilities, a Snow Park which includes tubing and a luge ice slide.  Whether you want to learnt the basics of snow sports,  refine your existing skiing and snowboarding abilities or simply have fun zipping down the slopes on an inflatable tube, Chill Factore is almost as good as the real thing.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

The ultimate treat for shopaholics is a trip to Cheshire Oaks! Browse an endless amount of premium brand stores, from Ralph Lauren to French Connection, and enjoy up to 60% off! There’s plenty of cafes and restaurants if the shopping makes you peckish.  If you’re enjoying our wine, dine and shop experience, take advantage of our discount vouchers, our treat!


Manchester Arndale

No visit to Manchester City Centre is complete without a visit to one of the UK’s biggest inner-city shopping centres, Manchester Arndale!  With over 240 shops, there’s plenty to choose from! It’s also home to a delightful selection of restaurants and fast food outlets for you to enjoy!


Trafford Centre

Only a 20 minute drive from The Mere, the Trafford Centre is the place for fashionistas! If you’re visiting with family, enjoy a game of Laser Tag, tackle the Aerial Extreme high ropes adventure course or catch a flick at the Odeon Cinema.

Liverpool One

Looking for a day out with friends or family? Liverpool One has a fabulous selection of leading high street stores such as Zara and John Lewis, to cool independent boutiques.  After a hard day’s shopping, there’s plenty of activities to help you unwind; from delicious restaurants in the Leisure Terrace or catching a film in the Odeon.