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Disley, Stockport,
Cheshire, SK12 2NR

01663 762 023

01663 765035


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Park: Open all year 8am - 6pm (closed 25th December)
Garden: 26th Feb - 30th Oct, 11am - 5pm, Friday-Tuesday (Closed Weds/Thurs)
House tours (restricted numbers) 11am-12pm. Open to all 12pm-5pm. Last admission 30mins before closing Friday-Tuesday (Closed Weds/Thurs)

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Coaches bringing booked groups - Park admission free.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

26 Feb - 30th Oct, 11 - 5pm, Fri - Tues. Tours 11am-12pm

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £9.50, child £4.75, Family £23.00
House only: £6.25, child £3.15.
Garden only: £6.00, child £3.00

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Interactive exhibition about living and working at Lyme. 15th-century Caxton Lyme Missal on display

Garden Features & Events

Glorious mansion house, surrounded by stunning gardens, moorland and ancient deer park; A Tudor house transformed into a huge Italianate palace in the 18th century; Tranquil Victorian garden, with roses, reflection lake and sunken parterre; Vast medieval deer park, moorland and woodland estate to explore; Famous scene in Pride & Prejudice (1995) where Darcy emerges from a lake was filmed here; Adventure playground and lots of children's events throughout the year

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Waltzing Weasel, Birch Vale, nr. Hayfield Sportsman, Hayfield


Ale Cellar Restaurant, Lyme Park

Inns & Pubs:

Waltzing Weasel, Birch Vale, nr. Hayfield Sportsman, Hayfield

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Peak District National Park

Description of Garden

15 acres of garden and parkland surround one of England's best preserved and most beautiful Palladian houses which had its heyday in the late 19th century and has featured more recently in a number of films and TV programmes, not least Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Of particular note to the west of the house is the vast sunken Dutch Garden, which, although destroyed in a flood in 1973, has been restored by the National Trust to the splendour of the original design of the 1st Lord Newton, with its central fountain and intricate design of seasonal plantings edged in ivy.

In a rather unforgiving climate the Orangery was of especial importance and the one at Lyme, designed by Lewis Wyatt in 1815 and remade by Alfred Derbyshire in 1865, does not disappoint, even containing a fig tree and two spectacular camellias from the Victorian era. It is fronted by terrace beds displaying Penstemon 'Rubicundus', first raised at Lyme in 1906. There is a smaller sunken garden to the north commemorating the Hon. Vicary Gibbs, a famous gardener and friend of the 2nd Lord Newton, which contains several plants named after him and his garden in Hertfordshire.

The garden features a large lake designed to reflect the view of the house and there are many fine trees to be found in a design which leads the eye to the Lanthorn Tower folly. Rhododendrons, azaleas and ferns abound in the area known as Killtime.

A 'deer' park of almost 1400 acres surrounds the property offering a diverse range of moorland, parkland and woodland habitats.

History Of Garden

Owned for almost 600 years by the Legh family, the original house was Tudor but was re-built to an Italianate design by Giacomo Leoni in the early 18th century. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1947 but its upkeep was supported by Stockport Metropolitan Council until they could no longer afford to do so in 1994 and now share the costs with the Trust. Both organisations have been responsible for the remarkable programme of restoration for both the house and, latterly, the garden.