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Notice: Please be advised that Lamb House will now re-open on Tuesday 29 July.

Georgian house with literary associations

Red-brick fronted house with literary associations - both Henry James and E. F. Benson lived here.

The garden

Lamb House has a walled garden, one of the largest gardens in the old town of Rye; it was designed as we see it today by a friend of Henry James called Alfred Parsons.

The Campsis still climbs the wall as it did in James’ time; there are roses, lilies, spring bulbs and many herbaceous varieties bordering the lawn which ensure continuous colour and interest throughout the year.

Also to be found in the garden are the graves of James’ much loved dogs. The garden is a tranquil contrast to the busy streets of the town in the summer and sitting beside the pond one can fully understand why James had such affection for his garden. Today the garden is a refuge for visitors and local people alike.

Notice: Lamb House is normally open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We are sorry the property will be closed to visitors between 12 May and 20 June due an exciting project. We’ll re-open on Saturday 21 June until Tuesday 15 July, then close again between Wednesday 16 July and Friday 25 July. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back from Saturday 26 July.

Lots of fun with an informative guide © NTPL

Lots of fun with an informative guide

Soak up this literary place

We need guides for the house and garden to bring Lamb House to life. If you can immerse yourself in the history of this place and its jewel of a garden, can tell a good story or two and keep our visitors enthralled; do come and help us as a volunteer.

Why not email us now?