Plan your visit to Polesden Lacey

Father and son enjoying a joke in the Saloon at Polesden Lacey

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your visit to Polesden Lacey.

Horse and cart transports wounded soldier at Polesden Lacey during World War 1

Arrive early, or late

We open at 10am and the car park is usually fairly empty at that time even at weekends. The car park is usually quieter from 3pm on busy days. There has been a bit of rain recently and parts of the car park and grounds may be muddy.

A view of the Gold Room at Polesden Lacey with the piano in the foreground

Visit during the week

If you can, why not join us midweek when there are fewer visitors? Weekdays are quieter than weekends and Saturdays are often quieter than Sundays.

An archive black and white photograph showing dogs looking out of a car window.


The main car park is 200 yards from visitor reception. During busy times we'll try to open an overflow car park which may be a little further away from the entrance. On busy days, our staff and volunteers will be in the car park helping people find a space so if there are queues, please bear with us. We will try to get you parked up as quickly as we can. If you are waiting, please don’t park on the roadside verges as this creates a danger for other road users.

Paying for parking

Our car park is pay and displayand costs £2 for up to 2 hours, £5 all day. Members and coaches park for free.

If you're a member, please scan your membership card even if you have a National Trust sticker. Every card scanned means a small amount of your membership fee comes to Polesden to fund essential conservation work here, so it's really important for us. You don't need to display the ticket in your car - so no need to walk back once you've scanned. Thank you.

What shall I do if I'm late for my booked event?

If you've been held up, just talk to one of our team upon arrival and they will arrange to fast track you through to your event. There's a reserved parking area for people with booked events. 

Food and drink

A visitor eating a sandwich at a National Trust café

The Cafe

In the Café at Polesden Lacey you'll find our full menu, with a variety of hot and cold dishes including unique dishes that reflect the spirit of Polesden Lacey. We also have a range of delicious cakes and classic cream teas. There are plenty of indoor tables as well as an outdoor seating area.

Coffee cup

The Coffee Shop

As you arrive from the main car park you'll see the Coffee Shop, a great place to buy hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks to take away. There are delicious sausage rolls, freshly made sandwiches, cakes and scones and hot light lunches. Dogs are welcome in the coffee shop and there are seats both inside and outside.

An unusual planter, a toilet basin filled with flowers


The main toilets are opposite the coffee shop as you walk into Polesden Lacey from the main car park. There are baby change facilities and disabled toilets here. There are also some toilets by the cafe in Stable Courtyard.

Lady being pushed in a wheelchair

Polesden Lacey Access Statement 

Our full access statement can be downloaded here.

Thank you

We're a charity and every visit to Polesden Lacey, to our cafe, gift shop or by scanning your membership card in the car park, helps us care for this special place. We couldn't do it without you - thank you.  

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