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

The Friends of Tabley

If you are interested in historic houses and the arts, and would like to be part of the continuing story here at Tabley please consider joining The Friends of Tabley.

As well as benefitting from free entry and discounts on events, Friends receive a regular newsletter with all the latest news from the Collection and other interesting articles.

The Friends of Tabley are an important fundraising body too, as the Tabley House Collection is not sustained by funds from Government or any other national bodies. Over the years they have made it possible for the restoration of important and interesting objects and for enhancement of the décor of the rooms.  Including,

  • the early 19th century colour scheme for the Portico and the repair of the original 'Gothick' hall lantern.
  • the refurbishment of the estate fire engine (now on view in the Oak Hall)
  • the elegant mid-19th century decorative scheme in the Dining Room
  • the re-printing and re-hanging of the wallpaper in the Gallery, as well as restoration of the painted ceiling and the lion masks used throughout the Collection for hanging the paintings
  • refurbishment of the chapel
  • repair work to a turned wood “hourglass” from the Chapel (now on display in the Portico room)
  • acquisition and subsequent presentation to the Trust of a print of Emily St. Clair (mistress of the 1st Lord de Tabley)

A varied programme of events for the Friends is arranged annually, including talks, concerts and visits to places of interest.

The Collection is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5pm, from April until the end of October. Friends are admitted free of charge.

If you are interested in joining the Friends, please contact

Royce Batters in writing at Glencairn, 64 Birches Lane, Lostock Green, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7SN or

tel: 01606 42391 or email

Subscription rates are £25 for double and £15 for single membership; £5 for students (17-24 years).

Alternatively, simply email

The Friends of Tabley are members of the British Association of Friends of Museums. You can find out more about their work and contact details for other Friends groups by clicking this link.

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