Manchester is a city famous for its proud industrial history, and especially as a world centre for cotton processing during the Industrial Revolution. Its industrial heritage is still there to explore and marvel at when you stay at a Manchester hotel, guesthouse of B&B, but it's not all there is. Manchester nowadays is as notable for its green open spaces and natural beauties as for its reclaimed mills, warehouses and canals. There are also stately homes to visit, such as Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens in Altrincham, which is a perfect place to spend the day from your hotel in Manchester city centre.
Manchester Hotels for Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens
Altrincham, in the town of Trafford in Greater Manchester, is a pretty village with great rural charm. It makes the perfect setting for this magnificent Georgian house and its formal gardens, one of the real hidden gems of Manchester which you should certainly make a point of visiting. You can reach Altrincham easily from your Manchester hotel wherever you're based, and the Trafford area has its own great range of attractions. Dunham Massey Hall is one of those romantic 18th-century piles you see scattered across the English countryside. It has a Victorian Bark House, Pump House and of course the obligatory Orangery, and the formal gardens are simply magnificent.
A Day at Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens with Manchester Hotels
The acid soil conditions and variety of ecological niches in the gardens are perfect for the growth of a range of unusual plants which love shade and moisture. Late-flowering and rare varieties of azalea prosper here, and the Giant Chinese Lilies are one of the gardens' main attractions. The mixed borders, neat lawns and pleasantly cool areas of woodland are a delight to the eyes and make a refreshing change when you come here from your Manchester hotel or B&B for the afternoon. The Winter Garden is the biggest in the United Kingdom and a cornucopia of scents, colours and textures, with trees, evergreens and hundreds of different winter shrubs to enjoy. It's a real Garden of Eden in Greater Manchester.