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Notice: If you are planning to visit on Sunday 10th August, there will be a large cycle event happening with road closures in operation. Please see for information regarding the route and timings.

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.

Roll down a really big hill

Help us create a Guiness World Record © National Trust

Help us create a Guiness World Record

Saturday 26 July, from 3pm

We’ll be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most people ever to roll down a hill. Last year 246 people took part, just four short of what we needed to get into the record books.

This is a fun event in a stunning setting for adults and children over the age of five. Entrance is free after 3pm.

Sigh no more...

Step into the world of the bard © National Trust

Step into the world of the bard

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Saturday & Sunday 12, 13, 19 & 20 July, 3-5.30pm

Polesden Lacey Shakespeare perform this magical play. 

£10 (under 16s free).  Please book in advance on 01306 881717.

Take to the hills

A steep climb but well worth it © Eddie Hyde

A steep climb but well worth it

Ride It! - two days of cycling hosted by Evans Cycles.
Saturday 26 July - Mountain Bike Ride. A steep climb on trails up to Leith Hill with fantastic views all the way.  Details

Sunday 27 July - Sportive Road Ride. Cycling one of the 100 best road climbs in the UK over Whitedown and Leith Hill. Details

How to book: Please contact Evans cycles on +44 (0) 1293 574900

Super summer fun

Great fun making and flying a kite © Eddie Hyde

Great fun making and flying a kite

As part National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾”, join us for fun craft activities this summer, including wild art, kite-making, snail racing and tracking wild animals.

Activities run weekdays from 28 July-29 August, 11am-3pm, and cost £2 per child (plus normal grounds admission).

South of the border

A feast for the eyes © Eddie Hyde

A feast for the eyes

The herbaceous border is looking stunning - the best it has for a number of years.

Emma McNamara, Garden and Parks Consultant at the National Trust, was inspired by the original Edwardian design and with our garden team has created a special place for all to enjoy. 


Try a midweek visit

Why not pay us a visit on a weekday? © Eddie Hyde

Why not pay us a visit on a weekday?

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit. We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, why not visit during the week if you can?  The house is open every day, with guided tours weekday mornings from 11am - 12.30pm - discover more about our collections, conservation work and stories. Wander at your own pace from 12.30pm and all day at the weekends.

Plus free daily garden tours.

Lazy Jazz Sundays

Wile away the hours with live jazz on a Sunday afternoon © James Day

Wile away the hours with live jazz on a Sunday afternoon

Sundays from 1 June - 31 August (plus Monday 25 August), 2-4pm

While away the hours listening to live music.

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We're on the road...

The Surrey Cluster


We'll be at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (8-13 July) with other Surrey National Trust properties.
Look out for our stand... we'll be offering a special show membership rate of three months free when you pay by Direct Debit.




Welcome to Mrs Greville's estate