Visiting Lyme: What you need to know

Family having a picnic on the lawn in the garden at Lyme

We can’t wait to welcome you to the gardens, house and park at Lyme this summer. Start your summer adventures with the kids, take a gentle stroll around the garden or relax in the sun with an ice-cream. Here's some top tips to help you enjoy your day out at Lyme.

Parking and arrival

You no longer need to book to visit Lyme. A member of our admissions team will greet you on arrival. Entry to the garden, house (closed on Wednesdays), park and car park is free for National Trust members, please bring your membership cards with you. Non-members will need to buy an admission ticket on arrival.


What's open

Car park: 9am – 4.30pm (car park gates lock at 4.30pm).

Park: 9am – 4.30pm (pedestrian gates lock at 4.30pm).

Garden: 10.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm, dogs on short leads welcome).

House: 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm, please note: the house is closed on Wednesdays).

Crow Wood Playscape: We’re sorry but Crow Wood remains closed while we plan extensive maintenance work which is required before it can re-open.

Toilets: 9.30am – 4.30pm, located in the Timber Yard and in the Garden.


Eating and shopping 

Refreshment Kiosk: 10am – 4pm (takeaway only, light snacks, hot and cold drinks).

Timber Yard Café: 10am – 4pm (hot and cold food and drinks).

Servant’s Hall Café: Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 3pm (closed on Wednesdays, takeaway only, light snacks, hot and cold drinks).

Timber Yard Shop: 11am – 3.30pm

Hall Shop: 11am – 4pm



Accessible parking available. 

Step free pathway leads up to the north front of the house from the car park.

Toilets: Toilets (plus one accessible) open in the Timber Yard and Garden, these will close at times for cleaning. Baby changing facilities are located in the Timber Yard.

Shuttle buggy: The shuttle buggy operates seven days per week, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Visitors can request collection/drop-off by the shuttle buggy from the Coach Park (opposite the kiosk in the car park), the North Front, the Orangery Car Park, and the Timber Yard Café. Please note the shuttle buggy cannot collect or drop off visitors at Admissions or the Knott.

Wheelchairs: We have a small number of manual wheelchairs available to book, please call 01663 762 023.


Staying safe

We’re following Government guidance and are lifting social distancing rules and other coronavirus restrictions at Lyme.

The safety of our visitors remains our top priority. Although we're no longer required to wear a face covering, we welcome anyone who wishes to wear one and we'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets at the Timber Yard and Garden. 

If you’re showing any symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Thanks for your support and for showing staff, volunteers and other visitors kindness and respect as we move forward into this next phase together.

Other things to note

Please take litter home with you.

Between 12 April and 31 July, when visiting Lyme dogs should be kept on a short lead at all times in all areas of the estate. By doing this you’re helping the young wildlife of Lyme thrive and are giving them the best chance of reaching adulthood. 

There is no WiFi on site and phone signal is limited. 

BBQs and open fires created by visitors are not permitted at Lyme.