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 Lyme. From parking and accessibility to food and drink, here are some top tips for you to make the most of your day out at Lyme.

Birds such as Skylarks, nestle their nests in long grasses

Lyme is home to a huge range of wildlife, including birds that lay their eggs in nests on the ground like Skylarks. We’re asking everyone who loves to visit Lyme to help us protect the wildlife that lives here.

From 1 April to 31 July, we ask that visitors to Lyme are especially mindful of nature and wildlife around them and stick to established routes when exploring the estate and that dogs are kept on a lead throughout most of the estate during these months. This is to help look after ground-nesting birds and young animals, including lambs, highland calves, and deer calves, who are particularly vulnerable during the spring and early summer months.

We know how important it is for dogs to exercise off the lead, so we offer a secure off-lead dog walking area in Knightslow Wood all year round as well as a new off-lead area in Drinkwater Meadow for 2022 which will connect the main car park to Knightslow Wood. Pick up a leaflet from Lyme House or Muddy Paws Engine Room which show free to roam areas or download a map from Visiting Lyme with your dog page.

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 Lyme's is free for National Trust members, including the garden, park and car park. Please bring your membership cards with you. Non-members will need to buy an admission ticket on arrival.


What's open?

Summer Opening Times (until late October)

See our opening times calendar for full details about what's open today.

Car park: 9am – 8pm (car park gates lock at 8pm).

House: 11am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm). Closed every Wednesdays for conservation.

Park: 9am – 8pm (pedestrian gates lock at 8pm).

Garden: 10.30am – 4.30pm (dogs on short leads welcome).

Crow Wood Playscape: 9.30am - 6pm

House & Garden Toilets: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Timber Yard Toilets: 9.30am – 8.00pm. Please note that between 13th June to 8th July the ladies and gents toilets at the Timber Yard will be closed for refurbishment. Alternative temporary toilets can be found in the main car park. The accessible toilet will be unaffected during this time. 


Eating and shopping 

Refreshment Kiosk: 10am - 5pm (Monday - Sunday: takeaway only, light snacks, hot and cold drinks. Saturday - Sunday only: brunch and woodfired pizza)

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

Servant's Hall Café & The Ale Cellar: 11am - 3pm every day (light snacks, hot and cold drinks).

Timber Yard Shop: 11am - 4pm

Hall Shop: 11am - 4pm



Accessible parking available is availiable at the Orangery, Timber Yard and Car Park. Please let our welcome team know on your visit for more information.

Admission: our admission policy admits the necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor free of charge, while the normal membership, or admission fee, applies to the disabled visitor.

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.

The house at Lyme on a beautiful spring day

On 28 March we’ll be updating our admissions fees at Lyme, introducing a new £6 outdoors-only ticket. This gives paying visitors the opportunity to enjoy Lyme’s parkland and gardens for one price. Visitors can then choose our full ticket to explore Lyme’s historic house. Ticket fees are charged per person so that everyone who visits us can help care for this special place. Children are half-price and under 5s visit for free. National Trust members can continue to visit at no extra charge.

We’ll also be extending our opening hours in the park, from 27 March, with free entry to everyone from 4.30pm until the gates close at 8pm.

As a charity, the income we receive from admissions fees from non-members helps us fund vital conservation work at our places. In the next few years we’re investing over £12m in flood mitigation and visitor infrastructure at Lyme, so without the support of our members and paying visitors we simply could not keep this place open for everyone to enjoy.

Other things to note

Please help us keep Lyme tidy by using the bins on the estate or taking litter home with you.

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

Please call 999 if you see an unattended fire and have BBQs, campfires or other open fires elsewhere.