Gawsworth Hall



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About three miles south of Macclesfield this fine Tudor black-and-white manor house was the birthplace of Mary Fitton. This renowned lady is thought by some to be the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. We shall probably never know the truth, but the house is well worth a visit anyway, for its wonderful old timberwork, paintings and suits of armour. The grounds, thought to be a rare example of an Elizabethan pleasure garden, include a tilting ground and are the venue for garden theatre during the summer months.

Gawsworth Hall
GAWSWORTH, Macclesfield, SK11 9RN


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Disabled parking in front of house
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 28 Jun-25 Aug, Wed to Sun 2-5; 28 May-17 Sep, Sun only 2-5 (see website for further opening times)

About the area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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