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The Old Hall at Tatton Park

Brief history

old hallIf Tatton Park is a jewel in the crown of Cheshire, then the Old Hall is its hidden gem. The medieval building stands near the disappeared 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 medieval Old Hall survives as its oldest building, and a 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 its medieval beginnings to its height during the Tudor period.

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 and summer outdoor theatre. It provides the perfect setting for our "Halloween Hauntings" in October.

To compliment your visit to the Old Hall, there is a small shop selling souvenirs, gifts and soft drinks.

For 2017, the Old Hall is open for specially-themed activities (maximum capacity per event and booking required):

Old Hall Time Explorers: family activity Thursdays - August 10th, 17th and 24th

Travel back in time with Old Tom, the Hall's gamekeeper and discover the fascinating history of the Old Hall.  Meet the characters who made it their home and get hands-on with activities from the past. 

Secrets of the Old Hall: guided tour 2-4pm on Saturdays - May 20th, July 1st and Sept 9th

From the Lord of the Manors to its final use as a humble mole catcher's cottage, uncover 500 years of occupation and the missing piece to the Tatton jigsaw. Maximum capacity for this event is 20 people.

View our annual events calendar for further details.  

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Education Days

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.