Dunham Massey

A 121 room Grade 1 Georgian mansion set within a magnificent 300-acre deer park.


This is a treasure-packed and gossip-filled house which invites the visitor to discover the salacious scandals embedded in the hall's history. Our favourite is the story of the 7th Earl of Stamford, who married Catherine Cocks, a former bare-back circus rider.

Dunham Massey was one of the finalists for Museum of the Year 2015. To find out more about why it made the short list, watch our video.


During 2014–15 the clock was turned back to allow visitors to experience what life was like when it was used as a military hospital during the First World War.  A visit in 2016 will focus on the journey of Catherine and the 7th Earl, who were made to feel so unwelcome at Dunham Massey that they left the house and never returned. 

Permanent collections

One of the largest collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics within the National Trust can be found at Dunham Massey, including an incredible trove of Huguenot silver. The library displays Grinling Gibbons's first masterpiece, The Crucifixion (after Jacopo Tintoretto) carved in 1671, while the significant textile collection is made up of both domestic fabrics and costumes.

Extensive documents and records of the period during the First World War, when the house was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers from the trenches.

Art Funded works

A helmet-shaped George II silver ewer from the Warrington plate is believed to have been made by David Willaume II and is engraved with George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington's armorials.

Two sconces from a set of six, one depicting Diana and Actaeon, the other Prometheus bound were commissioned by Lord Warrington for the Great Bedchamber at Dunham Massey.

Visitor information

The attraction holds an exciting programme of activities including Boredom Busters during school holidays and cycling for under fives. Make sure you pack a picnic because the extensive lawns make for a beautiful lunch spot.

Download or stream our free audio guide to Dunham Massey​, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.







Art we've helped buy at Dunham Massey

Venue details

Dunham Massey Altrincham Cheshire WA14 4SJ 0161 941 1025 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £12)

23 Feb – 11 Nov
Sat – Wed, 11am – 5pm