Many hands make Lyme work

Many hands make light work and in our case, many hands make Lyme work! Over 600 volunteers help to keep Lyme ticking and without their support, Lyme wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is.


What do our volunteers do?

Lyme's volunteers take on many essential roles including room guides, park rangers, gardeners and educational support, and play a key part in the essential conservation work required to maintain a historic house, garden and park.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer at Lyme for different reasons; to learn new skills, make new friends, to become part of a friendly team or to gain experience for future employment. Some volunteers are with us every week, others only a few times a year. Both are equally valuable.

Volunteers at Lyme are invited to join our internal social club, the Lymelighters, who have an annual program of speakers, day trips, and holidays.

Volunteers carry out essential conservation work during the winter
A volunteer helps with winter clean at Lyme, Cheshire
Volunteers carry out essential conservation work during the winter


What opportunities are available to me?

Long term

Many of our volunteers come back again and again to roles that they love – our Room Guides and Courtesy Vehicle Drivers volunteer from February to December, whilst our Gardeners and Rangers volunteer through the whole calendar year.

Short Term

If you’re interested in a temporary opportunity, we have seasonal events all through the year – our Events volunteers get involved at Easter and Christmas, as well as summer exhibitions. Another alternative is…

Work experience

Many students have undertaken work experience at Lyme, using the opportunity to learn new skills, gain experience in the work place and build on their knowledge in their preferred subject. To apply for work experience, head this way. Please note that we require a minimum of two month's notice to arrange a placement, and that we have a limited number of placements available.

Read some of our volunteer stories

How can you get involved?

For more info about any of the roles listed, please do get in touch. Once we receive your application we aim to respond within a fortnight. You can contact us on 01663 762023 or email

Other ways to support

The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and supporters is our top concern and in accordance with Government guidelines on social distancing, our houses, shops, cafes, gardens and parks are now closed, and from March 24 all of our car parks will close. However, many will be grateful for support when they reopen. If you are interested in volunteering, please keep checking for future opportunities.