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Notice: If planning to attend performances of Much Ado About Nothing this weekend, please come prepared for hot weather with water, suncream and hats.

The perfect setting for an Edwardian country retreat

'This is a delicious house...' remarked Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. This country retreat, only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside.  It was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.

Marvel at the glittering Gold Room, designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville's extensive collection of art and ceramics ranging from world-famous Dutch old masters to sparkling Fabergé objects.

The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses at their best in June, a herbaceous border that we’re currently restoring to pre-war glories and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites.

The wider estate provides plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills, with four waymarked trails to try.

Photography competition

Where will you find vibrant colours? © Eddie Hyde

Where will you find vibrant colours?

Enter our photography competition for your chance to become Polesden Lacey's photographer of the year. The theme is 'celebration of colour'. We're looking for beautiful photographs capturing the glorious colours at Polesden Lacey.

Society's Soldiers: research tours

Discover what became of the officers who recovered at Polesden Lacey © National Trust

Discover what became of the officers who recovered at Polesden Lacey

This tour uses photographs and resources from our archives to explore different aspects of the house from the perspective of the men who recovered here when Polesden Lacey was a convalescent home in World War One. Use the resources in our archive room to discover more about local military history and local families affected by the war.

  • 1.45pm midweek only until Friday 30 October
  • Free tour, normal admission applies

Seasonal delights in the Granary Cafe

Sit down to a delicious meal in the Granary Cafe © Camilla Morgan

Sit down to a delicious meal in the Granary Cafe

Our chefs have cooked up a delicious new menu in time for spring using the best in local and seasonal ingredients. 

Keep in touch

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What's on midweek?

There's always lots to do during a midweek visit, from a game of croquet to a fascinating tour around our beautiful Edwardian garden.

Join the Polesden Plodders

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of every month for a two-hour walk around the estate in good company. It's completely free and dogs are welcome though not compulsory. Meet us outside the Cowshed Coffee Shop at 9:30am.

Our big walk trail

Polesden Lacey is famous for its views over the sprawling Surrey Hills landscape.

Get some fresh air while exploring the beauty of Ranmore Common and the wider estate by doing the Polesden Lacey big walk.