The Old Hall at Tatton Park
Tatton Park Old Hall brief history
If Tatton Park is a jewel in the crown of Cheshire, then the Old Hall is its hidden gem. The building stands near the diappeared Tatton village whose humps and hollows show where houses once stood. The site is a `Scheduled Ancient Monument' considered an area of significant historical and archaeological importance in the North West.
Once the heart of the estate, Tatton Park's Old Hall survives as its oldest building, and a costumed guided tour takes you on an evocative journey through its history as a dwelling place - from manor house to humble cottages.
Built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, the single storey great hall, dimly lit by tallow candle and flickering fire still retains the shadowy atmosphere of Tudor times.
Tatton Park's Old Hall Today
As featured on TV's Most Haunted the Old Hall is the venue for historical re-enactments and is host to many of Tatton Park's events such as the busy travelling Medieval Fayre, or summer outdoor theatre. It provides the perfect setting for Halloween Hauntings.
For August 2016, the Old Hall is open for tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (please note new hours)and is open the following dates:
April 7th & 8th, 14th &15th, June 2nd & 3rd, August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th. National Trust members are not exempt from the entry charge.
To compliment your visit to the Old Hall, there is a small shop selling souvenirs, gifts and soft drinks. (Opening times vary according to events).
Education days at Tatton Park also benefit from this unique setting. The Old Hall welcomes children and there is always an element of 'hands on' history for them. Tatton's visitors often say that a tour of the Old Hall is both enjoyable and informative with recommendations for others to follow in their footsteps to explore Tatton's hidden gem.