As a National Trust member i decided to visit Tatton park.I arrived at 1pm and only had the chance to visit the gardens.
There are plenty of parking spaces and it cost £5.00 to park even if you are a member of National Trust,which i found disappointing.
The entrance to the gardens are situated by the carousel in the stableyard,you are given a map of the gardens on entry.
Each garden is well signposted and gives you written information about it.
As the gardens are so large,electric buggys are available for people with poor mobility.
You start by walking into the walled Kitchen Gardens with its many fresh fruit and vegetables and then you start to wander around the many gardens with their wonderful colours and displays of border plants,rhododendrons,trees and shrubs,the Topiary display situated outside the Kitchen Garden is pretty impressive as well.
As Tatton Park is also staging its second Biennal,you will also see various displays of contemporary artwork situated around the gardens as you walk around.My favourite had to be the huge rocking horse situated near to the mansion.
I was also very impressed with the Fernery and Showhouse,the plants were just full of pratically every colour you could think of.
When you have completed your walk around the gardens,you can enjoy something to eat and drink in the Stables restaurant,take a look around the garden shop which sells some of the fresh produce grown in the Kitchen Garden or take a look around the Housekeepers store which sells homemade jams and biscuits as well as other gifts.
The toilets for Gents,Ladies and also disabled toilets are situated in the Stableyard as well.
If you have children with you,there is a lovely adventure playground situated by the main carpark and information centre.
As you are leaving Tatton Park and its beautiful surroundings,keep an eye out for the many red deer that graze on the surrounding parkland.
I found Tatton Park a great day out but advise that to see the Mansion and Gardens,you have to arrive at 10am when the gardens open.
View Tatton Park website for admission prices,opening times and special events.
Even though i enjoyed my visit to Tatton Park,i feel its a bit overrated.
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