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  • Cottons Hotel & Spa
    Manchester Road,
    Knutsford,
    Cheshire,
    WA16 0SU
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Local Area

Knutsford provides a great mix of things to do and the offer is plentiful from having one of the grandest historic estates in the UK, Tatton Park close by to historic houses, market towns and big-city connections all within reach. Whether you take a walk around Arley Hall and its gardens or spend the day at the iconic Jodrell Bank or hit the shops in Manchester or Knutsford town centre; take on the variety. Enjoy the change of pace and explore some of our favourite places and best things to do.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park

One of the grandest historic estates in the UK, Tatton Park, is National Trust property and boasts a neoclassical mansion, 50 acres of gardens, a deer park that covers 1,000 acres and a working farm. There is the Tatton Park Old Hall, too, which is believed to be haunted. With shopping and dining facilities as well; its a park worth a visit for a great family day out.

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall & Gardens

This impressive stately home has superb, preserved features including ceilings, oak panelling, fireplaces and stained contents that give the Hall a warm, inviting feel and historical feeling. The gardens cover eight acres and can take several hours to walk around and is beautifully designed and filled with a wide variety of flowers, plants and trees. 

Gauntlet Park

Gauntlet Park

Try bird spotting at the Gauntlet Birds of Prey Eagle and Vulture Park, which is home to more than 120 birds from 46 species. Not only will you see eagles, hawks and falcons, but also caracaras, seriemas and other unusual species. The park runs a wide range meet and greet sessions with the birds and puts on flying and vulture feeding displays.

Knutsford

Knutsford

This characterful, market town is buzzing with a high street of shops and plenty of independent establishments in previously 17th and 18th-century houses and shops all with the Tudor look and black timber. Head for the Knutsford Heritage Centre to learn more about the historical influence of the town and the buildings listed on the National Heritage List. The town has strong connections to the author Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s more than just a shopping day out.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Learn about the universe. The centre features a range of different pavilions, each offering insight into different aspects of the universe such as the solar system or the Big Bang theory. However, the centrepiece is the Lovell Telescope, one of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world.

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

This is a place to head to whatever the season with wildlife, a Georgian house filled with ancient artefacts and a far-reaching history dating back to the empire. The gardens and parklands are extensive, with over 300 acres there’s plenty of places to explore and discover. Wildlife is in abundance with the honeybees, that have been in the gardens for over 10 years, you’ll be able to spot two of the hives in the Rose Garden, to the fallow deer that roam the estate. Looked after by the National Trust.

Chester Race Course

Chester Race Course

Maybe you fancy doubling your money? Experience the excitement of a flutter at Chester Racecourse. This racecourse has been a feature of the town, established in 1539, Chester is the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world still providing high-quality horseracing events. Dress up and sip some bubbles for a fun day out at the races. The Polo Club also hosts events and matches throughout the year. Currently - following Government advice spectators will not return to sporting events until 1 October.

Manchester

Manchester

For the city life head to Manchester for even more shopping, movie set neighbourhoods and a great collection of museums and sites. The National Football Museum takes you through football history, stadiums and showcases historical memorabilia whilst you also have the two impressive premier league stadiums close by of United and City. You could also visit the Manchester Art Gallery and see the fine arts, costume and craft and design collections or take go round the Central Library with an equally impressive collection.