Our plans to improve your visit to Lyme

A busy car park at Lyme, Cheshire

Closures, muddy car parks and queuing traffic. We know all too well just how frustrating these problems can be for both our visitors and our local residents. In 2019 and 2020 we’ll be making some big improvements to tackle these problems at Lyme.

What changes are coming?

  • Relocate the current car park and create new parking to ensure spaces can be used all year round, even when it rains
  • Move the admissions hut further down the driveway to ease congestion getting into Lyme and along the A6 
  • Make big changes to eating and shopping facilities in the Timber Yard
  • Change the way you enter the house and gardens by using historic pathways. This will also give you a much more impressive view of the house as you arrive – this is how the house would’ve been viewed in its heyday.

Why is it needed?

In the last five years, the number of cars we have welcomed to Lyme has increased by over 55,000 a year, meaning an estimated 150,000 more people are visiting the estate. Some of our facilities are being stretched and struggle to keep up with demand. Not only is it an opportunity to fix things that aren’t working as well as they should, it also gives us the opportunity to rediscover some of Lyme’s rich 600 year old history.

There are many things to consider when planning major changes to a place like Lyme. The estate is Grade II* listed and buildings across Lyme, including those in the Timber Yard, are also listed. Lyme’s 1,400 acres are a protected Conservation Area, as well as being a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). We have to make sure that any work we do is sensitive to this special place and that our commitment to caring for land, outdoors and nature is at the heart of any decisions we make.

What happens next?

We’re busy working on detailed plans and designs to make sure we get it right.

We’re speaking to specialists and getting advice from authorities to make sure our plans are well-thought out.

In the meantime, we're providing a Park and Ride service every Sunday, a day which tends to be particularly busy at Lyme, to help ease congestion into the park and along the A6. We also post regular updates on our social media channels to help you to plan your journey and let you know when there are queues so you can avoid these.

We'll let you know more in the coming months, so please do keep an eye out for updates and thank you for your patience and support.

For the love of Lyme

We know that Lyme is loved by our visitors, staff, volunteers and local residents for many reasons. The views, the buildings, the deer, the wildlife, the woodland, open moorland, the geology, and the dramatic weather.  We love all these things too.

It’s a place to find tranquillity, adventure and inspiration in equal measure. We want to keep what’s special about Lyme special and cause as little disruption to the landscape, views and wildlife as possible.

While the work is happening, we'll keep the disruptions to a minimum so our visitors can still enjoy Lyme.