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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.

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.

Fancy a game of croquet?

Wile away the hours with live jazz on a Sunday afternoon © Eddie Hyde

Wile away the hours with live jazz on a Sunday afternoon

Come along, learn the rules and have some fun. Drop in sessions are on Saturdays in August (except 9 August) from 11am-3pm on the croquet lawn. No need to book, normal admission charges apply and drop in sessions are free.

If you'd like coaching lessons, you can book a two hour session, morning or afternoon. Available 9 August and 13 September, 11am–1pm or 2-4pm. Sessions cost is £12 per person. Please book in advance on 01372 452048.

Donkey derby

Family fun! © National Trust

Family fun!

Sunday 7 Sept 11am-5pm
Join in with the family fun and help to raise money for local charities. We'll have a bouncy castle, live bands, children's rides, a fun dog show, donkey rides, stalls and games, 7 races and Tote from 1.30pm.

  • Free entry, including house and gardens


Summer in the gift shop

Why not buy something nice? © Anita Chapman

Why not buy something nice?

This summer, we've some lovely new displays of our seasonal ranges, ‘Floribunda’ and ‘Coastal’ with crockery, cushions, candles and holders, blankets and napkins. These would make perfect gifts for someone else or why not treat yourself?

Picture this ... our garden gallery

A beautiful letter seal from our priceless art collection © Eddie Hyde

A beautiful letter seal from our priceless art collection

The colour in our gardens and grounds this autumn will provide the backdrop to an exciting outdoor photography display.

Large photos will be shown in sympathetic settings around the grounds. We will showcase collections normally only seen in the house so that visitors can appreciate the beauty of these artworks in an alternative setting. 

The outdoor photography display will run throughout September 2014 and standard admission charges apply.

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TripAdvisor award

We're very pleased to have been awarded a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which is only given to places that consistently achieve outstanding reviews. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete a review for us.

Mrs Greville's Donkey Derby

Fun and games at the Donkey Derby

7 September, 11am - 5pm

Bouncy castle, live bands, donkey rides & races, fun dog show, stalls and games. Free entry to house & gardens.  In association with the Leatherhead Lions. For more info, take a look at





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