About Trentham Estate

An award-winning, unique destination and one of the country’s top visitor attractions.


The Trentham Estate, in Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It’s one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year. The fabulous, restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the estate, attracted 837,500 visits in 2019 – making Trentham one of the most visited gardens in the UK and has played a valuable part in maintaining health and wellbeing for its communities during the Covid pandemic, winning the iTravel Staycation Award for Green Travel in 2021.

Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003.

More to Explore

The estate includes the famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s, which have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, as well as a fantastic children’s adventure play area and maze, and a beautiful walk around the mile-long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. The estate is also home to Trentham Garden Centre and the expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shop, cafes and restaurants with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel and Treetop Adventures, a high rope course located on the wider estate.

We are also home to Trentham Monkey Forest, which offers visitors the opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming endangered Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment.

The Trentham Estate is located off the A34 and approximately 1 mile from J15 of the M6 Motorway

Our Purpose

We want to grow and nurture this wonderfully special place for people, nature and wildlife to thrive.

Trentham provides a very important and special Habitat, where biodiversity can thrive due to the mix of Heathland, Water Meadow, Lowland Meadow, Woodland Pasture and is a recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Our Mission is to develop a high-value unique attraction: part urban biodiversity reserve, part eco-tourism destination.

The Trentham Estate

Trentham was acquired by St. Modwen in 1996. Investing £100 million in regeneration to transform and bring listed gardens and buildings back to life. The company reinstated the extensive flower gardens and restored the historic parkland, where 10,000 native trees were planted.

Visitor attractions including Adventure Playgrounds, ‘Hide and Speak Maze’, the UK’s first Barefoot Walk, Disc Golf and a 42-seat battery-operated catamaran called ‘Miss Elizabeth’ were also introduced. This is in addition to the development of Trentham Shopping Village and Garden Centre as well an all-year round events programme.

The Fairy ‘Wishes’ was added in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of Trentham’s official re-opening. This collaboration with Staffordshire wire-sculpture artist Robin Wight, led to the developme

St Modwen

St. Modwen is an expert developer with over 30 years of property and regeneration expertise and has recently been acquired by private equity and investment firm Blackstone.