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Knutsford Heritage Centre

90a King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED

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Tel: 01565 650506

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About Us

Knutsford Heritage Centre welcomes groups of up to 50 and provides a range of activities.  FREE coach parking is available by arrangement in the Tatton Street car park.  Group visits are available during the day or evening.

Knutsford Tapestry Talk

Enjoy a 30 minute talk on the masterpiece created by over 3,000 members of the local community. The Tapestry captures life in Knutsford in the year 2000. Three large panels Tatton, Canute and Toft which together are an incredible 40ft long, contain a staggering 6.5million stitches! The talk explains how and why it was made and tells some of the real life stories at the heart of this unique piece of art.

Knutsford Guided Walking Tours

The best way to discover the rich history of Knutsford is through an hour long guided tour.

Tails and Trails

Take a guided walk around Knutsford and explore some of its more hidden and/or unusual attractions on a route which leads you gently around the town from Tatton Park gates in the north to the Parish Church in the south. Learn something of the people – both great and small – who shaped Knutsford from earlier centuries to the present day. And there are the buildings. See the good, the bad and the mad: enjoy their history and hear about some of their entertaining, and famous, associations.

Cranford and Elizabeth Gaskell

Travel back in time with a guide to discover Knutsford as the real Cranford. View the childhood home of Elizabeth Gaskell the church where she married and see the shops and residences that would have been frequented by the Cranford Ladies.

People and Places

This tour takes you on a journey around Knutsford discovering some of its great historical characters. You will learn about Kings and highwaymen, architects and authors, gentry and generals. You will also discover the fascinating history behind some of Knutsford’s landmarks: the battles on the Heath, the old Prison and Knutsford during WW2 to name a few.

Bespoke Walks for Schools, Youth Groups and Businesses

How about arranging a special walk for group(s) or staff? Choose from an exciting programme, or let the centre organise one which matches your requirements.

Virtual Tours

You may prefer to see Knutsford from the comfort of a chair, so you can take a virtual tour around Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford or the People and Places of Knutsford with a knowledgeable guide.  These are digital presentations at the Centre each lasting about 45 minutes and cost £3.50 per person.

“Turn Up and Go” on Fridays

Every Friday at 2pm, from early June to the end of October, just turn up at the Heritage Centre, pay £5 and enjoy an hour long guided walk around Knutsford and explore some of the more hidden and unusual attractions. There are several themed walks, all led by friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. For groups of more than 10 people please book in advance by contacting the centre (T: 01565 650506)

Guide Prices

Entry is free.
Cranford and Elizabeth Gaskell Tour – £5.00
People and Places Tour – £5.00
Tales and Trails Tour – £5.00
Tapestry Talk only – £3.00
Combined Walk and Talk (Please specify which walk) – £7.00

Virtual Tours:
Cranford and Elizabeth Gaskell – £3.50
People and Places – £3.50


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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Recent Reviews:

  • ANONCardiff
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Pleasant Surprise
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 24th December 2017
    I was just passing through Knutsford in December for the night and was wandering around the lovely town when I came across this centre. It was wonderful. Very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable... Read full review
  • Kevin W
    Austin, United States
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Peter Brain's Talk on the Tapestry
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th December 2017
    I was born in Knutsford and lived the vast majority of my life there - however I still learned a great deal about my hometown from Peter Brain who conducted the talk on the wonderful Tapestry. His... Read full review
  • Clare C
    Richland, Washington
    Trip Type:
    Fascinating place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th December 2017
    Make some time to stop at this wonderful and very friendly visitor center. Incredible Knutsford Tapestry stitched by numerous Knutsford residents. Volunteers gave a most informative history and there... Read full review


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

Opening Times

Low Season (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018)
Tuesday - Saturday11:00 - 16:00*
High Season (1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Tuesday - Saturday11:00 - 16:00*
Sunday14:00 - 17:00*

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

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

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