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Knutsford Heritage Centre

Opening Times

Summer - (April - September)
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Closed Monday
Open Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm - 5pm

Winter - (October - March)
Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Open Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm - 5pm

Welcome to Knutsford Heritage Centre

Knutsford Heritage Centre

Welcome to Knutsford Heritage Centre, set in the heart of the town in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building on King Street.

There’s a lot to explore with two galleries, two beautifully maintained gardens and a well-stocked gift shop. We have an exciting changing exhibition programme, demonstrations, walks, talks and activities.

This is also the home of the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry. Set in three distinct panels, the remarkable tapestry is more than 13 metres long and was created by over 3,000 local residents to celebrate Knutsford in the millennium year.

Take a look at our calendar of events with something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Caroline SherwinWelcoming Family and/or Friends during the Summer holidays?

Why not take a guided tour around Knutsfod for an interesting and informative hour?

See our “Turn Up and Go” section below, or go to our Walks/Talks page to find out more”


A rail tour through the homelands of England

A few months ago the Heritage Centre was approached by Marketing Cheshire, whose PR agency were working on a press trip for a leading travel writer called Sarah Barrell.

Sarah had been commissioned by The Daily Telegraph to write a feature on the new “Amazing Women by Rail” trail. Sarah was also covering Cheshire as a great destination for food and exploring.

They were looking for a Gaskell themed tour on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May pm for Sarah, her 12 year old daughter and Katie Simon their PR lady from Traveltappers.

We duly obliged and Caroline Sherwin, our Tours Team Leader,  kindly volunteered to take the party on a guided tour, whilst we kept the shop and galleries open a little longer too in the afternoon.
We are now pleased to report that Sarah Barrell’s article appeared in The Sunday Telegraph on 8th July 2018, and is reproduced at the link below.

We’ve been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service…

KNUTSFORD Heritage Centre Manager Val Bryant is ‘still on Cloud 999’ after a royal accolade for our Centre. We have won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was created in 2002 to recognise excellence in voluntary activities by community groups.

The award will be formally presented to Val later this summer, and Centre Administrator Jan McCappin and Centre Archivist Vivien Hainsworth attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in early June for groups which are to receive the award.

Our team at the Heritage Centre earned the admiration of the Committee which assessed the Award Nominees.

“I am so thrilled to hear that we have won this award,” said Val, who is also a Centre Trustee. It’s a great achievement for the Centre and for the people of Knutsford, and I am still on Cloud 999 at the news. The timing of this award is particularly pertinent, coming as it does in National Volunteers’ Week, when we have an opportunity to celebrate with our wonderful volunteers.

The award shows how important the work we do at the Heritage Centre is for the town and our wider audience. It is the biggest award we have ever been granted, and it will help greatly to raise our profile.”

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service team told the Heritage Centre: “This award was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is an MBE for volunteer groups.

“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent assessment committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. This award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents.”


Edward Penny and Knutsford Local Artists Exhibition – 1st May to 28th August

Our current exhibition features the life and artworks of Edward Penny RA, who lived in Silk Mill Street, Knutsford.

Edward Penny was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Art; you can find out more about the Academy he was instrumental in creating in this video here (

We will also be hosting Knutsford local artists Diana Bernice Tackley and Lindsay Brogan who will be  demonstrating their painting techniques in our Garden Gallery during the summer months. Please see our “Events” page for more information.

In addition four local artists will be  displaying  their works in the gallery – Sheila Scholes, Emma Williams, Steve Wall and Diane Birkett; short biographies of each artist will be on display.




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We’ve just taken delivery of these fabulous limited-edition mugs , which you can buy in our shop, as a souvenir of your visit to our Marvellous Days Out exhibition.

Knutsford Rail Mug back  Knutsford Rail Mug Front

A major new project by the Knutsford Heritage Centre is on hold currently, waiting for a volunteer to lead it.

Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions.
It is:
  • A living history of everyone’s unique life experiences
  • An opportunity for those people who have been ‘hidden from history’ to have their voice heard
  • A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
  • A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past
The Knutsford Heritage Centre believes that oral history is of great social importance and plans to create a permanent archive of personal recollections relating to the town’s past.

Knutsford Heritage Centre

Join our ‘Turn Up & Go’ Walking Tours every Friday at 2pm

Will commence again in the Summer of 2018

Every Friday at 2pm, from early June to the end of October, just turn up at the Heritage Centre, pay £5 and enjoy an hour long guided walk around Knutsford and explore some of the more hidden and unusual attractions. We have several themed walks, all led by our friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. For groups of more than 10 people we ask you to book in advance by contacting the centre (T: 01565 650506)….

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Knutsford Heritage Centre opened in 1989 and is run entirely by Volunteers. It collects , displays and interprets the history of Knutsford for the benefit of both local people and visitors.


90A King Street, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6ED

Tel: 01565 650506

Copyright 2016 by Knutsford Heritage Centre | Registered Charity No. 1076917