Be inspired by nature at Lyme this Easter
Birds, bats, butterflies and deer all call Lyme home. Come and explore the garden this Easter, follow the trail and find out more about some of the animal residents of Lyme. Discover clues along that way that will lead you to your chocolatey prize!
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
When is it taking place?
For the first time, the trail will run for the whole two weeks of the Easter holidays. The garden and trail will be open every.
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April, 10am – 5pm (last entry to trail 4.30pm)
Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 15th April, 10.30am – 5pm (last entry to trail 4.30pm)
How much will it cost?
The trail is £2 per trail map. One map will give you one Cadbury chocolate prize.
Vehicle and garden admission charges apply. NT members free. For more information on entry charges, head this way
Planning your visit
When to come
Easter is the busiest weekend of the year at Lyme. If we have had a run of wet weather in the weeks before the bank holiday, if can mean we have a reduced number of parking spaces and sometimes we have to close the car park once full. You can find out more about what happens when we are busy here.
If you want a quieter but equally fun visit, head to Lyme on a week day when we have fewer visitors, fewer queues and loads more space for the kids to run off their chocolate
Coming over the bank holiday? 12pm – 2pm is our busiest time of the day and when the car park can fill up quickly.
The garden will be open earlier over the bank holiday so why not head to Lyme early doors and make a start on the trail from 10am? Or don’t forget that by Easter the clocks will have gone forward, so why not come in later in the afternoon (last entry to the garden is 4.30pm), complete the trail and enjoy a light filled early evening walk across the estate when the peace descends again.
How to get here
When we have had good weather we have over 900 car park spaces. However 500 are on grass and poor weather means we cannot use them all. You can avoid car park closures by using public transport and walking in to the park.
The free shuttle bus will be running each day 10.30am - 5pm taking visitors along the main drive to the house, garden and main car park. You can find out more about local transport links here:
What else is happening?
Throughout the two weeks there will be a fun activity in the garden each day that will inspire our youngest visitors to engage with all that nature has to offer. Over the bank holiday, chat with the ranger team by the Stables and find out more about their work and the wildlife and habitats they help care for.
As you head around the garden, see if you spot the first signs of spring. Daffodils appear on the far side of the lake, camellias bloom in the Orangery and the bedding plants on the East Terrace and the Italian Garden begin to peep through.
'Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed'
The Long Gallery has been taken over by animal mummies! Why not head in to the house to see Manchester Museum’s travelling exhibition ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’ More info:
Explore the park
If you want to explore the wider park, head to the Information Centre and pick up an orienteering trail map. Or if you are feeling adventurous, grab a ’50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾’ booklet and start ticking things off this bucket list including super important tasks such as rolling down hills and jumping in streams!
And after a dose of chocolate, what better than to burn off some energy in Crow Wood Playscape.