Visitors are welcome to walk, cycle and play in 1,000 acres of Parkland for free. There are lots of great trails that provide wonderful walks, amazing viewpoints and idyllic picnic spots. The Parkland is bursting with wildlife and activity at this time of year and if you have little ones they may like to try our Summer Scavenger Hunt or some of the activities in our Parkland Explorer booklet (PDF, 1.5MB) which can be downloaded before your visit. Tatton Park staff have also selected twelve of their absolute favourite beauty spots across the estate to share Tremendous Tatton Views.
Restricted activities due to reduced access and social distancing measures
Under the current circumstances and for the safety of all visitors and staff, we are restricting some activities to ensure Tatton Park can remain open safely during 2020 - please read the information below carefully to see what is being affected. We are continuously reviewing the safety and feasibility of opening across all our attractions and activities, as regulations and advice change. We will communicate any updates as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Our opening arrangements are changing quite quickly so please check opening times and social media channels to plan your visit. Also - before you travel - have a look at our Summer Adventures to make the most of your day with us.
Tatton Park Trails
Field to Fork Trail
During the Field to Fork trail you'll learn how the Parkland was a source of food for the entire estate, the different ways in which the land has been worked historically to generate food, and how it is managed today. This is a three mile circular walk which begins at the northern end of Tatton Mere. Information panels are dotted throughout the trail revealing interesting facts and things to look out for along the way such as the hidden Ice House.
Devised by the Rangers, this nature trail is a wonderful way to enjoy the Parkland and its natural habitat. Nature Trail booklets are available from any of the onsite shops/attraction entrances for 50p and include maps, trails and striking photographs of the estate's wildlife and flora. Proceeds from the booklet go to Tatton Park Trust to help raise funds for its charitable objectives. The trail follows a 1 hour walk to the Old Hall and back again. It offers easy walking on level ground and is suitable for families with older children and for adults. There is an additional 30 minute loop round Melchett Mere, which is also marked in the leaflet.
Beech Avenue Conservation Trail
The Beech Avenue Conservation Trail is 2 kilometres long and takes approximately ¾ hour to fully appreciate. The avenue was originally planted in 1739 and many of the trees have now reached the ancient phase of their lives, the most valuable for wildlife. The holes, decay, fissures and dead wood host numerous invertebrates (including nationally scarce species) and provide legally protected roosting and nesting sites for birds and bats. Along the way walkers will be able to learn about the history, wildlife and landscape features of the avenue and its immediate surroundings.
The constant footfall that Beech Avenue receives compacts the root system of the trees, making it difficult for them to gain nutrients effectively. To maximise the life span of the veteran trees, erecting a fence prevents further erosion whilst still allowing visitors to enjoy the wonderful avenue from a discreet distance. This also allows Tatton Park’s Red and Fallow deer a sheltered, undisturbed area to graze and calve, but still provides a magnificent sight to visitors who can view them in their natural setting.
Footpaths to Fitness Trail
Get active and enjoy some tremendous views on this walk along Tatton Mere and around the Parkland. Choose from a 2.5 mile walk along Tatton's beautiful Mere (from Dog Wood entrance and back) or continue on the circular walk and enjoy a 5.5 mile walk around the Parkland, taking approximately 2 hours. Click here to view the trail.
Cycling (Cyclehire shop closed until further notice)
Cycling is a great way to enjoy Tatton Park's vast estate. Under normal circumstances bikes can be hired from the Cyclehire shop located in the Stableyard area but unfortunately this is currently closed to help restrict the spread of coronavirus. So for the time being please either arrive on your own two wheels, or bring bikes with you to explore the Parkland. Click here for more information on cyclehire shop
Tatton Park's Adventure Playground (Open from 4 July)
Please take note of any new signage and social distancing instructions to keep you and your family safe while using the playground. Hand washing facilities are located in the Stableyard for your convenience.
Conveniently located near the main car park, Tatton Park's adventure playground is a must for our younger visitors. Suitable for children of all ages and abilities, from toddlers to teens. With over 30 rides, some fully accessible for wheelchairs, it is fun and free!
Picnicking at Tatton Park
Tatton Park is an ideal location to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge, in the woodland shade or on the open grassland. Please take all litter home with you - thank you!
Barbecues (not permitted until further notice)
BBQ’s are to be used only in the designated area and in compliance with our BBQ guidance and BBQ area map. The designated BBQ area is located beyond the main car park, onto the final grass section where it is clearly signposted.
Horse Riding (not permitted until further notice)
Horse riding is permitted all year round and costs £7 per rider, in addition to £7 vehicle entry charge.
The riding area extends to land west of Knutsford Drive. Riders must wear an approved safety hat. Please read our Horse Riding regulations and map.
Sailing (not permitted until further notice)
Sailboards and sailing dinghies up to 16ft only are permitted on Tatton Mere during high season. No canoes or inflatables. Crews must wear life jackets/buoyancy aids. Please read our sailing regulations and map.
An annual sailing permit costs £50 and can be used to obtain discounted rates. Permit application forms are available from Rostherne and Knutsford Gates or Tatton Park Reception. A half day sailing costs £7 with a permit/£12.50 without a permit. A full day sailing costs £12.50 with a permit/£25 without a permit.
Fishing (Permitted with pre-booked permits from 16 June)
Day tickets for pleasure fishing on the west bank of Tatton Mere cost £8 per adult and £5 per child. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Buy your fishing permits here. The open fishing season runs from 16 June to 26 October 2020 and species include Carp, Roach, Bream, Tench, Perch and Pike. If you belong to a fishing club and would like Tatton Park to organise a match, please contact the Rangers on 01625 374414. Please note pre-baiting is only allowed during open fishing season and the two weeks prior, as we operate a closed fishing season 15 March-15 June inclusive. For exact dates of the coarse fishing season please view our Fishing Regulations and map
In 2018 a 52lb 8oz Common Carp was caught at Tatton Mere - don't forget to share your pictures with us on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bird Watching at Tatton Park (Allen Bird Hide closed until further notice)
During the summer you can spot Kingfishers and Sand Martins over the mere and a number of woodland birds including Nuthatches, Treecreepers and Great Spotted Woodpecker. During the winter, wildfowl numbers increase including Shoveler, Goldeneye, Wigeon and Tufted Duck.
Visitors to Tatton Park are able to enjoy watching nature from the sanctuary of the Allen Bird Hide. The Hide is situated on the edge of Melchett Mere alongside Knutsford Drive, immediately after the turning to the Old Hall. The Hide can accommodate 10 people and can be used during park opening times (closed 30 minutes before the park closes.) Please note, binoculars are not provided.
Activities not allowed
The use of skateboards, segways and balanceboards are not permitted in the Parkland.