Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0HB Telephone: 01565 750151 | Fax: 01565 653230 | Enquiries & Bookings

The Tabley House Collection

Tabley House was designed by John Carr of York for Sir Peter Byrne Leicester, Bt., and completed in 1767. His son, Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bt., later 1st Lord de Tabley, was the first great patron and collector of British paintings. He assembled a splendid collection at Tabley and in his London house during the first decade of the 19th Century, ultimately with the intention of establishing a National Gallery of British Art.

JMW Turner, Henry Thompson and James Ward were among the many painters who stayed at Tabley. Today, important works by them can be seen in the rooms for which they were created, together with fine paintings by Dobson, Lely, Reynolds, Cotes, Northcote, Callcott, Fuseli, Lawrence, Opie, Martin and others.

These pages are designed to give an introduction to the treasures of Tabley, and to encourage you to visit us to find out more!

The Tabley House Collection and Tea Room is open from 1 - 5pm Thurs to Sun and Bank Holidays from 2nd April until 31st October 2015. Tea Room opens from 12 noon. Last admission to the House at 4.30 pm. Follow the Tabley House Collection logo on the red signs.

Admission: Adults £5 and Children/Students £1.50.

Catch the latest news from Tabley House on twitter @TableyHouse. We also have a Pinterest account full of images from the Collection - Tabley House.


Tabley House will be exhibiting at

Bride: The Wedding Show - Tatton Park, Knutsford on the 6th & 7th February 2016 10am - 5pm

Tickets to the show are available at half price - just £5 each - using promotional code TH44 online at

Tabley House Collection is now closed to the general public for the winter. It will reopen on Thursday 24th March 2016.


Accessibility - The six rooms housing the Collection, the Chapel and the Tea Shop, are accessible to those unable to walk upstairs or who use a wheelchair via a separate entrance. For visitors to the house requiring such access we recommend prior telephoned notification to the Administrator (01565-750151) to avoid delay on arrival. Please note that inside the Chapel there are uneven surfaces and steps up and down to the pews, please take care not to trip.

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies take place at Tabley in some of the Show Rooms during normal opening hours. If you would prefer that your visit should not be affected by this, please telephone in advance for information.

For visitors from either inside or outside the UK- We participate in the Hudson’s Heritage Explorer Pass. The Pass is available in 2,4,6,10 and 21 day durations and offers pass holders free entry in to nearly 200 heritage attractions in the UK.

Contact us for further deails.

Getting here - you can now reach us by train and bike from Knutsford Station

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The Collection is managed on behalf of The University of Manchester
by The Tabley House Collection Trust.
Registered charity number 1047299.
The University of Manchester
Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0HB Telephone: 01565 750151 | Fax: 01565 653230 | Enquiries & Bookings