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Knutsford Heritage Centre

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90a King Street
WA16 6ED

Tel: 01565 650506

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Entry is free.


Knutsford Heritage Centre is housed in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building which was once a smithy. Evidence of its previous existence as a blacksmith is clear, with a forge, anvil and wonderfully-preserved set of bellows all on display.

Once no longer able to run as a blacksmiths, the site had been sadly left to ruin over the years but in 1988 The Groundwork Trust invested £100,000 to renovate and develop the area into what is now The Heritage Centre.

Working as an independent charity, The Heritage Centre continues to grow and develop to this day, always aiming to “protect, present and promote Knutsford’s rich and diverse heritage for the benefit of its residents and visitors”.

Walking Tours

Three informative walking tours, accompanied by knowledgeable tour guides, start from the Heritage Centre.

Cranford: Travel back in time and view the childhood home of Elizabeth Gaskell and see the homes of many real Knutsford characters who may have inspired the Cranford ladies.

People and Places: The tour takes you on a journey around Knutsford, discovering some of its great historical characters. Learn about a king, a highwayman, architects and an author.

Knutsford Buildings North and South: These two tours cover some of the 100 listed buildings ranging from the 17th century to the present day.


The Knutsford Millennium Tapestry was created between 1997 and 2001 to celebrate Knutsford in the Millennium year. This community project details all walks of life in Knutsford and is the work of over 3,000 members of the local community. Each road, street and lane can be seen on the tapestry along with over 500 everyday scenes.

Admission to the centre is FREE and open all year round. Tours need to be booked in advance or every Friday at 11.00 a.m. during the summer, May to October, simply turn up and go. Tours are £5 per person and group booking discount applies.




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    Recent Reviews:

    • Billmarge
      Bury, England
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Why was I unaware of this facility?
      5 of 5 stars
      I visited The Heritage Centre with a friend and was so surprised to see the wonderful Tapestry. It is a must for anyone whatever interest and age to view these magnificent creations. Read full review
    • lisamicklewright
      England, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Wonderful Millennial Tapestry
      4 of 5 stars
      I visited just before Christmas with a very good friend who lives locally. We met through studying art history and had been to the Lady Lever Gallery earlier that day and my friend suggested seeing... Read full review
    • Charlotte P
      Allostock, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Knutsford Heritage Centre, is a little gem, hopping with history and interesting events.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tucked between Top Street and Bottom Street, this little Knutsford gem is a great way to find out about the area and its history. Regularly changing exhibitions and talks, sweep through the history... Read full review


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    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Village Location - Knutsford is an attractive market town and access to Knutsford Heritage Centre is easy on foot or by car. Knutsford train station and some bus routes operate.

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge) - In public car parks

    Payment Methods

    • Groups Accepted - Groups are welcome by arrangement. Groups can be split to accommodate larger groups.
    • Max group size - Please call to discuss your requirements, large groups can be split, with some taking a walking tours whilst others visit the events & exhibitions.

    Provider Facilities

    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
    • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups
    • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    In Knutsford town centre, follow King Street (one way) and the Heritage Centre is clearly signposed on the left hand side. Parking (pay & display) available at King Street car park, Tatton Street car park, Princess Street car park, Booths Supermarket and Green Street.

    Public Transport Directions

    Easy walking distance of Knutsford Railway Station.

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    Opening Times

    Low Season (1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017)
    High Season (1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)

    * Open most Bank Holidays but please check our website for the latest details

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change