What to expect on your visit

The house, gardens, estate, cafe and shop are open every day. Our busier times are at weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

A boy eating a scone

What's open 

The gardens, wider estate, gift shop, café, coffee shop and toilets are open. The house has more limited opening times. To help plan your visit and avoid disappointment, please use the calendar in the Opening Time tab to check seasonal variations to our advertised times. We host lots of events and activities throughout the year. Visit our What's On listings to find out more.

Two visitors walk towards the house in winter at Polesden Lacey


Parking is free for National Trust members, non-members can pay on arrival. We have designated blue badge holder parking close to our main entrance. Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. During busy times our car park can get full and there may be a wait whilst we try and get you parked.

A family walking in the gardens at Polesden Lacey

Admission charges 

We charge admission to visit the house and garden at Polesden Lacey. Any income generated from admission, car parking and purchases from our shop or cafe go directly to helping us look after this place for our visitors to enjoy. If you are a member of the National Trust admission and parking is free of charge. Please remember to bring your membership card with you.

A grid of images showing water tower under scaffolding and close ups areas under repair

Winter repairs, maintenance and conservation

Your support helps us look after Polesden Lacey and in the quieter winter months you will notice lots of work taking place including repairs and maintenance to the memorial arch, the water tower and to the mansion house exterior. We're also resurfacing some of the paths on the grounds to make them more accessible. On the wider estate we've been coppicing and felling diseased Ash trees. There's also lots taking place in the house, to get it ready for when it reopens in March and for our forthcoming Treasured Possessions exhibition.

The gold saloon at Polesden Lacey

Visiting the house 

At present, only the rooms on the ground floor are open and we hope to have upstairs rooms open from the spring in 2022. The house is open for guided tours only from 11am – 12.15pm between March and October (excluding school/bank holidays). To join a tour, pick up a ticket from visitor reception when you arrive. On weekdays from 1pm and all day at the weekend, the house is open freeflow.

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.

Beautiful Autumnul tree with a couple walking their dog

Visiting with a dog 

We welcome dogs in most parts of the grounds, except for the formal gardens and the south lawn which is in front of the house. You can download our map to see where dogs are welcome in the grounds. Our 1400-acre estate is the perfect place for a pooch to explore. You are free to go where you like on the estate, but please remember that we do have working farms. Please keep your dog on a lead if livestock are in the field, but we recommend that if cattle approach you, let your dog off the lead.

A group of walkers at Polesden Lacey

Visiting Polesden Lacey with your group 

We welcome pre-booked schools or groups to Polesden Lacey and it couldn't be easier to organise. Guided tours, education tools and food and beverage can be arranged as part of your visit. To make any enquiries or to make a provisional booking please email us at polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01372 452048. 

A row of wheelchairs


Most of the new garden route follows hard-standing paths which are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Please check with staff on arrival if you have any concerns. If you would like to use a mobility scooter or buggy service please pre-book. You can email us: polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk or give us a call: 01372 452048.

Map image of Polesden Lacey

A map of the property 

You can download a small map of the gardens at Polesden Lacey here. You'll be able to pick one of these up at reception when you arrive, with more information on what you can see and do on your visit.