Lyme (NT)

National Trust, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NX

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  • © National Trust Images - Lyme Gardens
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  • © National Trust Images - Lyme in Autumn
  • The stunning historic house at Lyme
  • Tulips in bloom at Lyme

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Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years.

The house is renowned for its elegant interiors and beautiful gardens, against a backdrop of sweeping moorland with extensive views across Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. Step inside the house and discover unusual objects and strange secrets as you walk through six centuries of family history, including the Lyme Missal, the most important printed book in the National Trust’s collection.

The 1,400 acre estate with its medieval herd of red deer is a paradise for bird-watchers and wildlife spotters, and hosts regular guided walks and running events. For a more tranquil stroll, explore the Edwardian rose garden, ravine garden or orangery next to the reflecting lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennett in the BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice'.

There's plenty of room for little ones to let off steam, whilst the Timber Yard Cafe offers hot and cold snacks, soups, and a range of cakes.

Visit the Timber Yard café for a selection of hot meals or book into the Salting Room for a luxury afternoon tea.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of Lyme.

Park: Dogs are welcome in all areas of the park. To protect the wildlife that calls Lyme home, we ask that dogs are kept on leads in areas of the park.

We recognise how important it is for dogs to be able to get exercise off the lead, so we offer a secure off-lead dog-walking area in Knightslow Wood all year round as well as a route through Pursefield Wood. To find out more, keep an eye out for signs in the park and use the maps below to plan your visit.

Garden: Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden every day.

Eat: Visitors with dogs are welcome to sit in the Muddy Paws Engine House in the Timber Yard, which follows the same opening hours as the Timber Yard Café. Unfortunately, due to the size and layout of the Timber Yard Café, dogs are not permitted inside. If you’re visiting alone please use the doggy doorbell and one of our team members will pop out to take and bring your order to you.

Shop: Pop into our Timber Yard Shop with your four-legged friend to check out our range of dog treats and accessories.

Crow Wood Playscape: Dogs on a short lead are welcome in to the play area. Help us ensure this is a clean, safe space for children to play by being extra vigilant to prevent dog fouling and not taking dogs near the tunnels or onto the play equipment.

Only assistance dogs are welcome inside the house, café and shops.

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Opening Times

Please check the National Trust website for the most up to date opening times and prices. (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

Special Offers

  • National Trust Membership

    As a National Trust member you can enjoy:

    -Free entry to over 500 places in our care

    -Free parking at most National Trust car parks

    -National Trust Handbook, full of information about our places

    -National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with inspiration, interviews and news

    -Access to our online Members' Area, full of first look previews and behind-the-scenes features

    Plus, pay for a joint, family, individual or young person membership by annual Direct Debit online and receive a £15 National Trust gift card to spend in our shops and cafés.

    Joint membership - Two adults (aged 18+) living at the same address - £127.20 a year

    Family membership - Two adults (aged 18+) living at the same address and their children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free - £133.80 a year

    One adult (aged 18+) and their children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free - £83.40 a year

    Payment by monthly Direct Debit will be unavailable for a short period of time due to essential upgrades to our IT systems. You can still pay by annual Direct Debit or by debit or credit card.


    Individual Membership - Adult membership - 26+ years - £76.80 a year

    Young person - 18-25 years - £38.40 a year

    Junior - 0-17 years. Under 5s go free - £10 a year*

    * Junior membership includes free entry and junior welcome pack. Car parking, Handbook and National Trust Magazines are not included.

    Lifetime membership - Individual life membership - Includes free admission for one accompanying guest - £1,845 Standard, £1,380Senior

    Joint life membership - For two people living at the same address - £2,305 Standard, £1,730 Senior

    Family life membership - Two adults and all their children or grandchildren up to the age of 18. Adults must be living at the same address. Under 5s go free.£2,415 Standard

    See gift card terms and conditions.

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Road Directions

Lyme can be accessed from the A6 in Disley. Please respect our local community by only parking at Lyme. If you can, please consider visiting Lyme by public transport.

Parking: Please park in the marked bays only, limited parking is availiable for large vehicles. The house and gardens are a 0.2 mile / 5 minute walk from the car park up a steep incline. Alternative accessible parking is availiable near the orangery.

Sat Nav: To reach Lyme's car park, use the postcode, SK12 2NR.

Public Transport Directions

Cycling -

National Route 55 passes close to Lyme on the Middlewood Way. Once on site, cycling is permitted on main roads around the estate. There is cycle parking in the main car park. Plan your cycle route here. 

Train -

The closest train station is Disley (0.5 mile / 12 minute walk) to the entrance and a further 1 mile / 20 minute walk to the house and gardens. Please check the National Rail website for up to date train times. There is a map and waymarked route from Disley Station to Lyme. A free shuttle bus runs most days from 9.30am - 4.30pm from the admissions hut at the entrance to the house and gardens.




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    Recent Reviews:

    • robnh61
      Stockport, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Great time of year for dog walking
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 30th October 2023
      We visited on a perfect autumnal morning. At this time of year, there are so much fewer restrictions on where dogs can roam off lead (yes they need to be under close control but that’s fine) compared... Read full review
    • Roving64077746901
      A special place Worth seeing
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th November 2023
      As always with NT properties, far more to see than expected. Particularly lovely with a fantastic collection and rich history. Worth making a special trip to see. The hosts made our experience... Read full review
    • 223bernies
      Belfast, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Visit to the garden
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th November 2023
      Enjoyed our visit to the garden. Lovely walk around the lake. Plenty of choice in the shop. House closed for a month. Cafe available at Timber Yard. However too far to walk on the pouring rain so... Read full review



    • Snowdrops found here - Snowdrops, bluebells, sweetpeas, Iris & peony found here


    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille and large print guides available.
    • Guide Dogs Permitted - All assistance dogs welcome
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors  - Level access to food outlet and shops. Powered mobility vehicle and wheelchairs available to borrow. Changing Places toilet facility. Shuttle buggy service, lift in the Mill.
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction
    • Pet Friendly - Dogs are welcome in the gardens every day on a short lead.


    • On-Site café/restaurant - Hot and cold drinks, hot food, snacks, cakes, ice cream kiosk.

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Payment Methods

    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted - Pre-booked groups only. Please call the Estate Office to book a group visit 01663 762023
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Min group size
    • Solo accepted
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Dogs Accepted - Dogs permitted in park, but on-leads in certain areas. Assistance dogs only in the garden and house.
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • In countryside
    • Marketing Cheshire Member

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted - Please call to discuss educational group visits 01663 762023

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01625 527468

    Tel: 01625 527468

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