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Visiting the house at Lyme

Grand house with columns reflected in a lake and surrounded with autumn trees at Lyme Park, Cheshire
The south front of Lyme Park seen across the lake in autumn at Lyme Park, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Like many great houses, Lyme was built and rebuilt, embellished and enlarged throughout its ownership by the Legh family, with each generation making its mark and creating the house we see today. Explore the many rooms of the house and discover unusual objects and strange secrets as you walk through six centuries of family history at Lyme in Cheshire.

Model of the Wyatt Redesign of the house at Lyme made from recycled copies of the Lyme Letters
Model of the Wyatt Redesign of the house at Lyme made from recycled copies of the Lyme Letters by Lady Newton | © Jan-Christof Telford

Lyme through the ages exhibition

From a medieval hunting lodge to the palladian inspired house you see today, discover how Lyme's house has changed and developed over time with a collection of bespoke models created by artist Jennifer Collier.

Free Talks and Tours

Please note that these talks and tours are run by a dedicated team of volunteers and are subject to availiabilty.

Spotlight talks

Free | No need to book, just pop in to the chapel

Daily (except Wednesday). Check the times on the board in the courtyard

From a hunting lodge to a country house there's 600 years of history hidden at Lyme. Before you visit the house, why not introduce yourself to Lyme's story with this 20 minute spotlight talk led by a Lyme expert? Find out about the battle that changed the Legh's fortunes and why images of "severed arms" and ram's heads feature on the walls, ceilings and furniture in the house.

Behind the scenes tours

Free | Pick up a lanyard on the day from the Ticket Office at the house to claim your space

Check in with the Ticket Office for today's times

Take a tour downstairs, to the working areas of the Legh family's servants which are normally strictly behind the scenes. Step back in time to Lyme's 'golden era' at the turn of the 20th century and discover the lives and quarters of servants who worked here then.

Collection items to look out for

Over 600 years, Lyme has acquired all kinds of unusual objects and strange secrets so you're bound to notice hidden details on every visit. Here are some highlights from the collection.

The Sarum Missal at Lyme showing the initials of William Caxton who produced the book in 1487 in conjunction with the printer Guillame Maynyal in Paris.
The Sarum Missal is the only surviving, largely intact, book of its kind. | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

The Sarum Missal in the Saloon

The Sarum Missal at Lyme is the only surviving, largely intact, book of its kind. Printed by William Caxton in Paris 1487, the book is unique in having belonged to one family for over five centuries and represents the changing religious views of the country during that period. The Sarum Missal can be found in the Library.

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Visitors dressing up in period dress at Lyme, Cheshire
Visitors dressing up in period dress at Lyme, Cheshire | © Jan-Christof Telford

Regency Dressing Room

Free | 11am - 2pm |Each day (except Wednesday when the house is closed)

Whether you're 2 or 102, visit the dressing room to step back in time to Regency England. Become Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth Bennet’s shoes and take a turn about the house and garden which served as Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. With a range of size inclusive options from children to XXL women's and mens sizes, it's perfect for families, couples and groups of friends.

Family fun in the house

Even the best laid plans can be ruined by a sudden downpour. Never fear, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves with our top indoor adventures for rainy days at Lyme. From dressing up at little Leghs to playing billards in the Long Gallery, there's plenty of interactive fun indoors. Click the arrow to see what activities are on for families.

Exploring the house with a magnifying glass at Lyme, Cheshire
Calling all history sleuths, what will you discover in the house? | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Animal spotter trail

From Ram's heads to red dragons, there are dozens of animals to spot in Lyme's house in this new family trail for 2024. See how many you can find hidden on objects, walls and ceilings throughout the house. Pick up a free trail from the entrance hall to find out about Lyme's history and see how many you can spot!

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Visitors admiring the collections at Lyme, Cheshire

Lyme Park's collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Lyme Park on the National Trust Collections website.

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