Polesden Lacey's Rose Festival
Prepare to be tickled pink, white and yellow by the gorgeous blooms in the stunning Edwardian walled rose garden.
- Booking not needed
- Free event (admission applies)
Roses hold a special place in the history of Polesden Lacey. This tranquil and sweetly scented garden holds 35 varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Hybrid Musk, which bloom in the centre beds. While over 100 white Rambling Rector roses form tunnels of petals over the pergola leading to the central wishing well.
Look out for the bright yellow Graham Stuart Thomas rose, named after the famed horticulturalist who redesigned the rose garden in the mid-20th century.
Outside the Rose Garden you will find the salmon pink Margaret Greville shrub rose, growing in the Lady's garden.
Visit during our Rose Festival and enjoy:
- learning more about the roses, the history of the garden and the work that is involved in maintaining it.
- viewing the beautiful metal rose installations made by the metalwork artists at the Camelia Botnar Foundation*.
- an opportunity to make your own bags of pot pourri using the dried rose petals and lavender at a stand in the Rose Garden's water tower.
- creative floral arrangements and interpretation in the house.
- rose-inspired cake and scones in the cafe.
*The Camelia Botnar Foundation is a charity which provides residential training and work experience, helping young people to learn a skilled trade, embark on a useful career path and successfully make their own way in life. The roses that are part of the installation will be for sale and can be collected after the Festival.
- Event ticket prices
|1 adult, 2 children||£23.10||£21.00|
What is Gift Aid?
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.
Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
- Gift Aid Admission
- Standard Admission
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
The gardens, estate, shop, and cafe at Polesden Lacey are open all year.
*The house is open daily from 1 Mar - 30 Oct, and at weekends only at other times of the year.
To help plan your visit and avoid disappointment, please click here and use the calendar to check seasonal opening and closing times.
Please note that child tickets are for those aged between 5 and 17 years. Under 5s can visit for free.
Members park for free. Please scan your membership card on the car park machine. Non-members: £2 up to and including 2 hours, £5 all day.
- Booking details
- Call 01372 452048
- The rose garden was transformed during Margaret Greville's time from a vegetable garden into a sheltered haven, filled with many varieties of her favourite flower, the rose. This was a highlight of any visit for her esteemed guests and she is pictured here frequently, proudly showing off the roses to dukes, kings and maharajas. A poignant reminder of Maggie's love of roses is the Greville Rose, specially bred for the National Trust by Peter Beales rose growers and also coming into bloom in June. This exclusive variety is planted just outside the walled rose garden, in front of the Edwardian socialite's grave, and is available to buy from the Polesden Lacey garden shop. A huge amount of work and investment has gone into restoring the rose garden in recent years, including renovating all the path and replanting many of the rambling roses on the pergola. There is no doubt Maggie would have been delighted by the enjoyment our visitors get from her beautiful rose garden today.