Heritage Open Days at Polesden Lacey

Enjoy free entry to Polesden Lacey to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the property being gifted to the nation 15-17 September

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Polesden Lacey will be welcoming visitors for free from Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 September to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Margaret Greville's bequest of Polesden Lacey to the National Trust ‘for the largest number of people to have enjoyment thereof'.

Programme of events

Every day

11.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.00pm

- The Visitor Enhancement Experience will be bringing the house to life by performing fun and engaging pop-up scenes around the property. These will give a fascinating insight into life at Polesden Lacey in its heyday and into the life of a lady 'who made a difference'.

Thursday 15 Sept

10.15am - Tribute to Mrs Greville in the Lady's Garden

2.00pm - Author Pam Burbidge will read an extract from her book 'The Maggie Greville Story'

Saturday 16 Sept

10.30am-2.00pm - Meet the Rangers, sit on their tractor and learn more about the vital conservation work they do on the estate.

Afternoon - View an original 1933 Alvis car on display at the front of the property

The basics

A house has existed in this beautiful valley for hundreds of years but it was its last owner, the society hostess Mrs Greville, who transformed the house into a luxurious country retreat fit for maharajahs and kings. Many 'astounding inventions' of the day underpinned this transformation, including the installation of an elevator. Margaret Greville died on 15 September 1942 and she left Polesden Lacey to the National Trust. Her wish was for the house and estate to be open 'for the largest number of people to have enjoyment thereof.' In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of her gift, Polesden Lacey will be open for free for three days as part of the National Heritage Open Days.

Contact Info

Polesden Lacey
Call 01372 452048

Upcoming events

Polesden Games - Come out and play

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Challenge yourself to go further, faster and for longer with a summer of fun, family activities. Saturday 16 July to Monday 29 August

Treasured Possessions: Riches of Polesden Lacey

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Discover the most significant treasures in Mrs Greville's collection in this fascinating exhibition. Everyday from 25th April to 30th October.

Unseen Spaces Tours 2022

Mon 15 Aug 2022
After more than two years of disruption, our popular Unseen Spaces Tour has returned! The tour will run every day on weekdays at 2.15pm and will last between 45 minutes up to an hour.

Bat walks at Polesden Lacey

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Discover these wonderful creatures on our Ranger-guided walks. See the bats dart and dive and hear their ‘silent’ nocturnal calls with special detectors. Every Wednesday in August from 8.30-10.30pm

Pop-up Shakespeare 2022

Sat 20 Aug 2022
Join us for some highly entertaining snippets from three of Shakespeare's most loved plays. Saturday 13 August and Saturday 20 August from 1.30pm and 3.00pm

Lazy Jazz Sundays

Sun 21 Aug 2022
Enjoy a lazy afternoon listening to live music every Sunday this summer as well as August Bank Holiday Monday.