Visit Polesden, whatever the weather

Winter can be a lovely time for staying indoors, keeping warm and indulging in some comfort food. All good things. Once you've done that - here are lots of reasons to brave the weather and visit Polesden Lacey.

Snowdrops in Polesden's winter garden

Winter garden 

As the name suggests, our Graham Stewart Thomas-designed winter garden comes to life at the end of the year. From November through to March, delicate yellow aconites and carpets of snowdrops flower in the centre bed, shaded by three Persian Ironwood trees.

A view of a path leading to Polesden Lacey house in winter

Go for a bracing winter walk  

Enjoy the ancient woodland, rolling downland and winter wildife on a refreshing winter walk. With 1400 acres to roam, the Polesden Lacey estate is the perfect place to explore whatever the weather.

Sunlight breaking through the trees in ancient woodland at Polesden Lacey

The secret language of trees 

Join us on this ranger-led tour of the wider estate at Polesden Lacey, exploring the secrets of its ancient woodlands and other wooded areas. You'll learn the secrets behind the woodland's success and gain an insight into what goes into conserving the estate at Polesden Lacey.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 28 February to 27 April. It's free to join, but please book in advance. Normal admission applies.

A bench nestled amongst the long grass in the upper sunken garden at Polesden Lacey

Take a quiet moment in our Silent Space

We've reserved a space in the Upper Sunken Garden for silent visiting. Its a chance to switch off from the hustle and bustle of daily life, have some time to yourself and just take in the surroundings. As little as five minutes will help you to enjoy the restorative benefits of being peaceful in a green place.

Every Monday afternoon (1pm - close).

Chickens at Polesden Lacey

Hang out with our feathered friends

No visit to Polesden Lacey is complete without a trip to Home Farm Orchard to visit the chickens. While you're there, why not check out the beehives and bug hotel? Home Farm Orchard is also a great spot for a picnic.

The gold saloon at Polesden Lacey

Become an expert

Did you know that Mewès and Davis, interior designers to the Ritz, were hired by Margaret Greville to create lavish rooms ‘fit to entertain maharajas’? Our hugely knowledgeable room guides are able to share some fascinating details about the house and collection. Why not spend a little more time to speak to them and become a Polesden expert yourself.

The house is open at weekends until 1 March

Young woman and small boy shop in National Trust shop

Visit our shop 

Packed full of unique, locally sourced treats; all profits from our shop at Polesden goes straight back into looking after this beautiful place.

A tray of warm sausage rolls fresh from the oven

Stop in at the cafe for a warming meal from our kitchen 

Whether you want to grab a picnic, enjoy a hot meal, or a slice of delicious home-made cake - we've got plenty of food and drink to tempt you. You may notice some temporary changes when you visit. Please click here for more details.