Visiting Lyme: What you need to know

Have fun exploring the beautiful scenery of Lyme

In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Lyme are open for local visitors to access for walks and fresh air. We’ve introduced advanced booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. Here's all the information you need to help you plan your day.

How to book

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the local community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance. Every Friday we release new bookings for visits the following week.

  • Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don't need a ticket.
  • You'll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only
  • Bookings are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Visiting Lyme

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Lyme. Please book your tickets online before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Please pre-book to guarantee admission, and please follow the national lockdown guidelines around travelling locally.


Parking and arrival 

When you arrive at Lyme you will be greeted by a member of staff at the admissions hut, please have your tickets and membership card to hand. Please arrive within your 30 minute timeslot. The garden is open until 4.00pm with the last entry at 3.30pm. You are welcome to explore the parkland until 4.30pm when the gates will be locked. 


Staying safe 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets in the Timber Yard and garden and will find hand sanitiser in our takeaway food and beverage outlet. In line with government guidance you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, please bring one with you. 

If you’re showing any of the 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. 


What’s open 

Car park: 9.30am – 4.30pm (car park gates lock at 4.30pm) 

Park: 9.30am – 4.30pm (pedestrian gates lock at 4.30pm)

Gardens: 10.30am – 4pm. Last entry 3.30pm. Dogs on short leads welcome.

House: the house is currently closed in line with Government guidelines and for winter conservation work.

Crow Wood Playscape: we’re sorry but Crow Wood remains closed. 

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: we’re sorry but the Timber Yard Café is currently closed in line with the latest government guidelines. 

Servant’s Hall Café: currently closed. 

Shops: we're sorry but both shops are currently closed in line with the latest government guidelines.



Accessible parking available. 

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

Toilets: Unisex toilets (plus one accessible) open in the Timber Yard and Garden, these will close at times for cleaning.  

Mini bus and shuttle buggy: We’re sorry but these services are not currently operating. 

Wheelchairs: We’re sorry but we’re unable to provide wheelchairs at this time. 

Baby-changing facilities are located in the Timber Yard area. 


Other things to note 

Please take litter home with you.

To help Lyme's wildlife transition back to living in a park with visitors, dogs should be on leads in some areas of the park. Please see the map on the dog specific webpage below. Please bring dog waste bags and dispose of them responsibly. 

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

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