The garden at Polesden Lacey

A pergola covered in pink roses overhangs a stone walk-way

The Polesden Lacey estate played host to royalty throughout history. It’s glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside have been amazed the eyes of many and now we invited you to gaze upon the grounds and explore the woods.

Everything's coming up roses

To the west of the house, a former walled kitchen garden was transformed in Mrs Greville's time into a rose garden. The planting is mostly early 20th-century in style, with softly pastel coloured roses.

The pergolas support Edwardian rambling roses; the borders have shrub roses, climbing roses and box and lavender hedges.

Latest news from the garden team...

We are currently planting out a new spring border in front of the holiday cottage and propagating over 900 plants that will be ready in the next few weeks.

Plus we have six beautiful new tree ferns at the foot of the Rockery, and hope to create an exciting 'stumpery walk' in that part of the garden. A 'stumpery walk' is made out of fallen trees, rooted trunk stumps, large pieces of bark or logs, which have been artistically arranged. Apparently the Victorians were very fond of them.

Garden app

Our iPhone app will tell you some of the interesting stories about Polesden Lacey as it takes you around the gardens. Download it through iTunes before you visit.

Garden tours

We run free garden tours every day at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm. Just ask about them at Visitor reception.

Visit the chickens

Come and see our chickens between the cutting garden and the orchard while you're here. They're always happy to have visitors.