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Heaton Hall & Park

Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester M25 5SW.
Tel: 0161-773 1231. Fax: 0161-235 8805. Minicom: 0161-235 8893

Heaton Hall, ManchesterHeaton Hall & Park, PrestwichHeaton Hall - the OrangeryHeaton Park - old Town Hall Facade
Left to Right: Two views of the Hall,
the Orangery and relocated facade of the old Manchester Town Hall

The Hall is normally open from the end of March
to the end of September from Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays
– 10.00am-5.00pm. Said to be one of the finest houses in what was
called Lancashire, (and now in Manchester), it is also the largest
municipal park in Europe – 650 acres, with a 10 acre boating lake
built in 1914, ornamental ponds, a full size golf course (no membership
required), and with a resident golf professional. Equipment can
be hired. Fabulous and extensive gardens. A popular visitor attraction
on hot summer days and brisk winter mornings. Its “Pets Corner”
supports a large variety of animals, including rare breeds of cattle,
ponies, a shire horse, pigs, sheep, unusually brightly coloured
poultry. Horse riding available at the stables.
The park originally laid out by William Emes, a student of the famous
Lancelot “Capability” Brown. It is well worth taking the free guided
tour on Saturdays so as not to miss the many features that the Park
has to offer. In the summer on Sundays take a ride on the single-decker
tram, or the vintage double-decker bus, both of which were once
operated by Manchester Corporation.

With it’s high quality decor and paintings.
Rooms open to the public, including the Cupola, (originally Lady
Egerton’s dressing-room) which has mirrored walls and a domed ceiling,
styled in the 1770s ‘Pompeiian’ style – so rare that there are only
three such rooms left in Britain. In the music room an 18th century
organ fills one wall, Horse racing was held at Heaton hall from
1825 to 1837, and a painting depicting one of the meetings can be
seen in the Library.
Heaton Hall had been own by the Holland
family since the middle ages. In 1684, when Sir John Egerton married
Elizabeth Holland, the hall came to the Egerton family. The present
Hall was built by Sir Thomas Egerton who was made the first Earl
of Wilton in 1801. The original paintings and furniture were auctioned
off in 1902 when the hall and park were sold to Manchester Corporation,
so that not all of the paintings and furnishings are original –
many were brought in from the City Council’s art galleries, after
its purchase.

Walks in the park in summer or winter are
bracing, the roads and paths are well laid out and easily accessible.
Toilets are available in the park. There are ample parking areas
at most of the entrances. In the summer months refreshments and
snacks are available. There are refreshment and catering facilities
within the Heaton Park stables located about 100 yards from the
Hall. Disabled visitors are welcomed but wheelchair access is only
available on the ground floor, The nearest accessible toilets are
situated 100 yards from the house – there are no baby changing facilities.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
There are many facilities and attractions within the Park including
the Horticultural Centre, Farm Centre, Tram Museum, woodland, boating
lake, golf course and lots of sports and leisure activities. There
is a full programme of outdoor events throughout the year. Photography
is not permitted within the Hall. The Hall is available for corporate
events -phone for details.

Situated on the A576 about 5 miles north
of Manchester city centre. Local buses (135) and Metrolink station

Park: The park
opens daily at 8.00am and all park gates are locked by dusk.
The Boathouse Pavilion Cafe is open daily from 9.00am all year round
till late afternoon serving hot food. Golf Cafe & Bar is open
to members of the public and golfers from around 9.15am Monday to
Friday in summer and from 8.00am at weekends. Winter from Monday
to Friday only with earlier closing. The Hidden Gem Cafe is open
at the same time as the Horticultural Centre, see below.
Animal Centre:
open every day from mid-morning to mid-afternoon – phone for seasonal
opening times.
Farm Centre:
open daily from 900 am and closing around 6.00pm with closing at
dusk in winter.
Horticultural Centre:
The Hidden Gem Garden Centre is open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm
in the summer, closing half an hour before the park closing time
at other times of the year (see above). The centre sells a variety
of seasonal plants and has a cafe that serves beverages and cakes.
General Office: The
office is staffed from 9.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
Tram Museum:
Trams run Sundays and most Bank Holidays from 12 noon to 5.00pm
all year round. For further information please visit The Tram Museum
or see their website at
Rowing Boats: these
operate on the Lake from April until the end of September from 10.00am
till 4.00pm weekdays and until 6.00pm at weekends. In Winter operations
are dependant on the weather conditions.

Admission is free. The Orangery can be booked
for functions. Telephone: 0161-773 1085

See also:

Capesthorne Hall

Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9JY

Capesthorne Hall near MacclesfiledCapesthorne Hall, CheshireCapesthorne Hall, Cheshire
The far right image courtesy of Capesthorne Hall © 2006

Function Enquiries Tel: 01625 861 221. Estate Enquiries
Tel: 01565 757 970.
Fax: 01625 861 619. Email:
Country seat of the Bromley-Davenport family since the time of the
Norman Conquest, the present Capesthorne Hall only dates from 1719,
having come into the family by marriage in 1748. According to the
iconic authority on British architecture, Professor Niklaus Pevsner
the present house was probably designed by Francis Smith. There
was extensive remodelling by Blore in 1837-39, though much of this
was later destroyed by fire in 1861- it was subsequently restored
and amended by Salvin – he added the Saloon. The chapel was a little
later (1720-22).
The house contains a huge collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics
and furniture. The gardens, park and lakes also contain many interesting
features including a Georgian chapel and an old ice house. There was
once a conservatory built in 1837 by Paxton, but this was demolished
in 1920.

On the A34, about 3½ miles south of
Alderley Edge and 8 miles north of Congleton.

Refreshments are available at the Butler’s
Pantry, plus catering by prior arrangement. Hospitality, Civil Weddings
and other functions catered for. Disabled access, special group rates,
conferences, live entertainments, picnic areas, wedding licence held.

Summer: April to October – afternoons on Bank
Holidays, Wednesdays & Sundays. Groups welcome by appointment.
Please phone to check actual times of opening.

Please note that these prices may vary – check
before setting off.
Admission charges apply with Combined Ticket for the Hall, Gardens
and Chapel, with concessions for senior citizens and for children
with a reduced price family ticket also available. There is also a
charge for car parking with rates for minibuses and coach parties
– please enquire for current prices..

Please note that details of times and
prices were correct at the time of publication, but may change over time
– please check in advance before setting out.

Sources: See Bibliography
– Books about Manchester

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