Groups at Lyme
Whether you're a local community club, planning a school trip, or just a break with a friends, visit Lyme with your group and enjoy a discounted rate to explore at your leisure. Discover what's on offer and how to book your visit here.
Group visits can be booked for groups of over 15 people. The discounted group rate covers your admission, reserved coach or minibus parking and a personal welcome.
Information for groups
- Group discounts apply for a minimum group size of 15 people.
- To receive the group discounted rate and reserved parking, your group must be booked in advance with our estates team.
- On-site for catering options must be booked in advance of arrival.
House tours can booked subject to availibility at an additional cost and can be catered to your group depending on interest - just get in touch beforehand to see if we can accommodate you. Guided tours last approximately one hour.
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Educational visits to Lyme
Lyme is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at Lyme@nationaltrust.org.uk.
Feel free to bring your packed lunches and eat them al fresco. Picnic tables can be found at the Timber Yard and next to the car park, though you're welcome to pull up a rug and picnic on the lawns by the lakes. Please note there is no indoor picnic area should the weather be gloomy.
Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places, ask our team for more infomation.
Get in touch about bringing a group to Lyme
If you are interested in bringing a group to Lyme and would like more information, or to book, please get in touch.
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Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.