This property is free for HHA Friends
The extensive gardens and grounds of Adlington Hall sit comfortably between the rising hills of the Peak District and the rocky escarpment that is Alderley Edge. They have occupied this choice position for at least five hundred years and reflect that long history in the diversity of styles and abundance of character and charm they process. During the last fifteen years the grounds immediately around the hall have undergone something of a renaissance. The courtyard, moat and millpool have been transformed into a rose garden, maze, flower parterre and water garden.
To the south of the hall a much larger area covering some fifteen hectares has been known as the Wilderness since the middle of the 18th Century. This is, in fact, what a recent commentator has called ‘one of the most inventive and evocative Rococo gardens in Britain.’ It has lain dormant under a cloak of Rhododendron Ponticum for more than a hundred years. During the last four years the careful process of removing this cloak whilst retaining what has survived underneath has begun to reveal a wonderful landscape.
The Rococo style of the Wilderness with its eclectic mélange of influences is epitomised by the meandering river Dean that runs by the chinoserie T’Ing House and Pagoda bridge, the rustic ‘Gothick’ of the Hermitage and Rat House and the classical serenity of the Temple to Diana. Adding to this collection we have recently and literally unearthed two unique and sophisticated water features. On an axis with the Temple to Diana stands the stonework cascade with its scallop shaped pool. Above the seven metre high and wide rusticated stone structure lay the figure of a river god. Last year saw water flowing down its remarkably intact structure, a sight not seen since the 1780’s. After removing many tonnes of accumulated debris and fallen trees the original complex water supply has been restored and the sight and sound of it rushing adds new drama to the sylvan delights of this Arcadia.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
5m N of Macclesfield, A523, 13m S of Manchester. London 178m
Visitor Opening Times
2017: 2-5pm every Sunday from 16 Apr-24 Sep, plus Bank Holiday Mondays 17 April, 1 May, 29 May and 28 August. NB Sun 7 May Plant Hunters Fair is not free for Friends.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Available for filming & photography
Groups and special visits
Adlington Hall, the home of the Leghs of Adlington since 1315 was built on the site of a Hunting Lodge which stood in the forest of Macclesfield in 1040. The Great Hall houses a 17th century organ, once played by Handel. Much of the Hall is Elizabethan "Black and White" with the date 1581 carved over the doorway of the Entrance Hall. The Georgian West Wing and South Front were added in 1757. Open by appointment all year round.
Tailor Made Facilities
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