National Trust’s Hare Hill

National Trust. Hare Hill. 4 Freckled Faces.

We have been members of the National Trust for a few years now, and we really enjoy going around visiting and exploring the different properties. You may have seen some of our posts on other National Trust places – Biddulph Grange Gardens, Kedlestone Hall, Chirk Castle, Charlcote Park and Shugborough Hall.

Recently (before lockdown!) we visited Hare Hill. It wasn’t as big as some of the other places, but it was full of fun, intrigue and wonder!

Where Is It?

Hare Hill is set in the lovely countryside in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

How Much Does It Cost?

If you’re a member it is included in your yearly membership fee. If you are not then it costs £9 for Adults, £4.50 for Children or you can get a Family ticket for £22.50.

Is There Parking?

There is parking, but it’s not a particularly large car park. I’m not sure if there is an overflow parking area? Parking is FREE for members and anyone visiting the gardens. If you want to park there and go and explore the countryside then it will cost £9.

They can’t resist climbing on logs or up trees!

What Is There To Do?

Once you have parked up (and had a little play on the logs) you’ll go to the entrance hut. We were greeting by very lovely ladies who were happy and helpful. They offered the kids a nature explorer backpack each, gave us a map and told us where would be a good place to picnic.

National Trust. Hare Hill. Explorer backpack. 4 Freckled Faces.

Inside the Nature packs was a book, binoculars and a magnifying glass. They were a HUGE hit! They made the day even more exciting and what made me even happier was seeing them being cleaned as the packs were handed back in! (I’m a germaphobe!)

Exploring insects and flowers with a magnifying glass. 4 Freckled Faces
Getting a closer look on tiny flowers and insets

The walled garden is a lovely area and is where we decided to have our picnic and play ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ and ‘British Bulldog’ (Remember those old classics??) We found a big bench that was sheltered – which was handy because it started a rain!


After spending a bit of time in the walled gardens we followed our explorers and found ponds/lakes WITH BRIDGES! Our 4 Freckled Faces love a bridge. We found a large area filled with snowdrop flowers and we also found a bird hide! It was great! We were in there for about 30 minutes and could have stayed in there longer, but some other people came along and were waiting and we didn’t wanted to be greedy! We saw so many birds, the kids loved sporting them and looking at which ones they were.

Looking for birds in a bird hide. 4 Freckled Faces.

What Facilities Are There?

There were toilets, a secondhand books for sale area – with an honesty box, an area to buy plants and a mobile food trailer.


Though it is not the largest place to visit, it has a lot to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed the few hours we spent here.

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