Welcome to Knutsford
Our historic and picturesque town lies just 15 miles southwest of Manchester on the doorstep of one of the UK’s most complete historic estates, Tatton Park. Steeped in heritage and with a thriving independent Town Centre, Knutsford offers visitors a refreshing break in charming Cheshire countryside.
Knutsford traces its history back to King Canute who forded the river Lily here, and for hundreds of years was one of the most important Cheshire Towns. The Victorian Novelist Elizabeth Gaskell based her fictional town of Cranford on Knutsford, and during World War II Knutsford was home to General Patton. Knutsford is also home to the most famous of all May Day events still celebrated in the UK with the 150th Knutsford Royal May Day taking place in May 2014.
Knutsford Town Centre, bucking the national trend, is filled with independent shops and little boutiques. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping and is buzzing with activity once a month with the hugely popular Artisan Market.
Knutsford Town Council is the first tier of government for Knutsford and has a number of responsibilities and functions. The Town Council employs three full time members of staff and is responsible for a number of town events including the Christmas Market and Lights Switch On, the Town Awards and in 2013 we took over the running of the two toilet blocks which we fully refurbished.