An eighteenth century house with a park and garden. The park, unlike so many, retains its old avenues. The lake was formerly a moat and is overlooked by a Tudor mount. The Dunham Massey garden has an Edwardian parterre, lawns, an orangery and ongoing planting designed to appeal to planstmen and plantsowmen. Beneath the surface of the estate lies a fascinating garden archaeological history. See Uncovering the Estate: The Archaeology of Dunham Massey by Norman Redhead, Heritage Management Director,Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service. The report and several paintings show the site of a Mount, which should be restored. In its time Dunham Massey has been a Medieval Park (it still has a fine herd of deer), a Renaissance Garden, a Baroque Garden, a Landscape Garden, a Victorian Garden and an Arts and Crafts Garden. 'What next?' one has to wonder. Perhaps a museum garden?
nr Altrincham, Cheshire, England, WA14 4SJ
Mid March to October. Daily. Open 11am to 5:30pm.