Lyveden Reconnected Project

Testing paint samples inside the manor

What is Lyveden Reconnected?

Lyveden is the enduring realisation of one man’s belief and commitment against the odds in Elizabethan England. Rocked by dramatic changes in English society and threatened by persecution for persisting in his personal belief, Sir Thomas Tresham designed his symbolic landscape and garden lodge to stand in testament of his faith.

The aim of the Lyveden Reconnected project is to incorporating the Manor building and surrounding grounds into the future experience of the site. The Manor will give us the space to tell the story of Tresham and let visitors explore the site as Tresham intended. It will also create space for new visitor facilities and a larger café.

By sympathetically reconnecting the manor grounds to the historical landscape and making the manor a part of Lyveden again for the first time in 300 years, the project will enable visitors to explore and enjoy the unique and unspoiled Elizabethan garden as Sir Thomas intended.

Lyveden from the air
Aerial view of Lyveden
Lyveden from the air

The Lyveden Reconnected project will enable us to delve deeper into how and why Sir Thomas Tresham created the garden and lodge at Lyveden, and to explore the relevance of his story in our modern world. By opening up new interpretation spaces in the manor for visitors to enjoy, we will be able to explore the history of the landscape and offer you space to reflect and connect to the story of Lyveden.

View of Lyveden manor from the gardens

Looking after Lyveden 

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Latest updates

16 Mar 20

Servery install

Our kitchen contractors have been busy onsite putting in the new counter for the café.

11 Mar 20


This week the vinyl flooring in the new kitchen has been installed. The new kitchen will allow us to cook and bake a much bigger menu than in the previous tearoom.

04 Mar 20


The work on making sure the building is safe and secure has been ongoing throughout the project, this week we're having our fire-proofing works inspected.