Tatton Park moves up Visit England’s Top 20
Following on from its success at this year’s VisitEngland Awards for
Excellence, receiving the highly prized Large Visitor Attraction of the Year accolade, Tatton is delighted to find that it has climbed the visitor rankings and is now the 17th most visited paid for attraction in England.
In the same league as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, London Zoo, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Eden Project Tatton enjoyed a 9% increase in annual visitor numbers during 2013 seeing it jump two places.
The VisitEngland Annual Attraction Survey 2013 revealed that overall visits to attractions in England increased by 5%.
This is firm evidence that the projects which form part of the Tatton Park Vision – the park’s 5 year development plan embarked on 2 years ago – are working. Those aspects of the park that have already seen significant change have been instrumental in this status. Tatton’s farm is now enjoying record visitor numbers with the addition of new outdoor play areas including a charming new woodland play trail, a den building area, maze adventures, story telling rooms and an exciting and educational daily activity programme.
A new Gardener’s Cottage tea room opened in
2013 and is proving to be a huge success with dining numbers well above expected levels. The Magic of Beatrix Potter at Tatton Park added to an already attractive events programme with families flocking to the event throughout the summer.
Further developments are planned in pursuit of providing the best possible experience for up to 1 million visitors a year, a statistic that could see Tatton Park claim a top 10 position by 2016/17.
Whilst work continues to take place to position Tatton as one the best family days out in the country significant improvements are continuing to the new look Stableyard’s shopping and dining offer making Tatton one of the region’s key retail and catering destinations. Tatton’s events programme will be further enhanced to deliver one of the best and widest offerings of any venue in the North West whilst its conference, meeting and banqueting facilities will undergo continued upgrades following the successful introduction of a new boardroom.
A programme of smaller scale activities and improvements across the whole park run alongside these major projects including new experiences in the mansion, gardens and parkland.
Brendan Flanagan , Visitor Economy, Culture and Tatton Park Manager
Cheshire East commented “On the back of the award as best visitor attraction in England our continuing position in the `top 20’ vindicates Cheshire East’s investment in further improving the visitor offer. There are so many things to do at Tatton and many reasons to visit this fantastic place.”
Tatton Park opening times
Tatton Park is open every day during high season (until October 26, 2014) from 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm). The gardens and shops are open every day and the mansion and farm every day except Monday. During low season the park is open every day except Monday 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Attraction opening times vary. Visit website for more information
Prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged four to 15 years of age), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £11, child (aged four to 15) £5.50 family (two adults and up to three children) £27.50. National Trust members pay 50% entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.
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Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 850,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and a year-round events programme.
The Tatton Park Vision
The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. More information about the vision
Visit England Annual Attraction Survey
- The VisitEngland Annual Attractions Survey is carried out by BDRC-Continental and is based on a survey of 1,568 England visitor attractions that provided visit figures for both 2012 and 2013.
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