School trip to Dunham Massey
Learning is made fun as we step back in time at Dunham Massey. Find out more about our brilliant indoor and outdoor offers for schools.
A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories, providing unique learning opportunities and experiences for everyone.
Welcome to Dunham Massey. Encircled by its protective wall, Dunham Massey is a green oasis nestled between the urban sprawl of Manchester and rural tranquillity of Cheshire.
See the 18th century house transformed to tell the story of three women from Dunham’s past in Dunham Massey: a Woman’s Place? Discover the life of Lady Mary Booth, the first and only woman to inherit and run the Dunham estate; Penelope, the Countess who opened her house as a First World War hospital and Mrs Collins, the Housekeeper hidden from the history books. Enter new rooms that have been closed off for many years, and see personal items for the very first time.
Relax in the garden and explore its historic features such as the Orangery, Pump House, Victorian Bark House and the remains of an Elizabethan Mount. Snowdrops, daffodils, tulips and bluebells provide an ever changing landscape of colours and scents. In summer, see the celebrated rose garden take centre stage.
A herd of fallow deer wander amongst the ancient trees of the deer park. The park is also home to the fully restored 400 year old working sawmill and the historic stable buildings. The buildings reveal the comings and goings of the family and their workers, the importance of horses and later the motor car.
Unique gifts, locally sourced produce and plants await you in the shop. Enjoy freshly made hot meals in the Stables Restaurant or a snack in the visitor centre café and treat yourself at the ice cream parlour.
With special events all year round, there’s plenty to brighten your day at Dunham.
Learning at Dunham Massey
Dunham is a fantastic place to inspire all young people. Generations of families have visited Dunham to find nature and beauty on their doorstep, creating days out that stick in the memory forever.
Their learning programme involves simple activities that are accessible to everyone. Based on the seasons, young people can explore the natural world and what lives and grows in this green space. It also offers the chance to experience what it was like to live and work on this historic estate.
The programme will be led by a passionate and enthusiastic team and will deliver what they do best. Their inspiration has in part come from Sir David Attenborough.
Step back in time
This popular session is based on Dunham’s past. Children are taken back in time as they come to look for work at the hall. They are given tasks to experience what life was like below stairs and on the estate to gain an understanding how it was different from today.
Explore & Investigate Local History
Find out what a local history study is all about by looking at the lives of real people that lived and worked on the Dunham estate in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with activities in our historic buildings and parkland, and access to our unique archives.
Explore the natural world
The park at Dunham Massey is a perfect location for a range of engaging activities in the great outdoors. Take a look at the learning pack to find out about the options on offer for your environment study or call us to discuss creating a session for your class.
A Victorian Christmas
During November children can experience preparations for a grand country house Christmas with our Step back in time…A Victorian Christmas session.
Education Group Membership
To find out more about Education Group Membership of the National Trust, visit the website or call 0844 800 1895.