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Tatton Park - Home Farm

Knutsford, Cheshire

Home Farm is a 1930's working Rare Breeds Farm set within the grounds of Tatton Park nr Knutsford, Cheshire. It has a history dating back to Bronze Age farming and has been home to herds of deer since the 13th century. In the late Tudor period the park was acquired by the Egerton family who owned the estate until the last Lord Egerton died without heirs in 1958. Maurice Egerton left the estate to the National Trust and in 1960 a lease was drawn up with Cheshire County Council who have since managed and financed the property on behalf of the National Trust. 

At Home Farm, time has stood still. It is a fully functioning authentic 1930's working Rare Breeds farm, using traditional methods. It is set in a corner of the park known as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estates, feeding family, guests and staff at the mansion, as well as servicing the park and the outlying properties. It retains the features of a 1930's farmyard. and is a working farm where the real sights and smells of the farm can be appreciated.. The yard is predominantly cobbled although the cobbles well maintained.

Animals found on the farm include, Pigs, 6 rare breeds of pig including the Tamworth, Large Black, Middle White, Berkshire, Saddleback and Gloucestershire Old Spot, they farrow twice a year, so the potential to see a newborn litter each month. Horses - 3 Clydesdale's, 3 donkey's, Goats which can be fed, Herd of cattle including breeds of Red Poll, Miniature Dexter and a Dairy Shorthorn, 45 Ewes, including Leicester Longwools,which lamb in March/April each year as well as a sheep dog and traditional farm cat.

The farm shop offers a variety of farm-themed gifts and books.

Nearby is Aunt Mary’s 1930s cottage - giving a view on domestic life during this period in history.

  Chris Allen

There is also a working pottery producing general domestic wares and frost-proof garden pots. The pottery is open Wednesday to Sunday through the high season and weekends the rest of the time.

During certain times through the summer there are activities taking place on the farm that you can get involved in including Donkey grooming, scarecrow making, farmyard collage, meet the pigs, spinning, make your own corn doll and ferret racing. At some points during the year you may also get to see the steam engine running. Check out their events listing for what might be taking place.

There are a number of other attractions at Tatton Park including:

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Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford, Cheshire

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Date Updated: 07/2008


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Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford, Cheshire

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Tatton Park is signposted from Junction 7 of the M56 and Junction 19 of the M6. The entrance to the park is approximately half a mile from Knutsford Railway Station.


Via two entrances the Knutsford entrance near Knutsford Station or the Main Entrance off Ashley Road.


Plenty of parking in the Park itself. £4.50 entrance fee per car to the Park which includes parking and £2.50 for Blue Badge Holders


Farm Shop, pottery.

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Tatton Park




WA16 6QN


General Enquiries: 01625 374400

Tatton Infoline: 01625 374435

Opening times:

15/03/08 - 28/09/08  Tues-Sun 12noon to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

30/09/08 - 27/03/09 Sat and Sun 11am to 4pm (last entry 3pm)


Adult £4; Child (4-15) £2; Family (2+3) £10

National Trust Members: half price

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Other Restrictions:  
Special Needs Access: Blue badge parking is available close to the Farm by prior arrangement. Cobbled approach to the toilets at Home Farm.
Special Needs Facilities: toilets available at Home Farm during attraction opening times. Electric buggies and manual wheelchairs available for loan.
Children Facilities: Baby changing facilities.
Dogs Allowed: Assistance dogs allowed

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Date Updated: 07/2008

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