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Things to do at Lyveden manor

The pathway leading up to Lyveden Manor, surrounded by colourful wildflowers.
Lyveden Manor in the summer sun. | © Mike Selby

With a manor house to see, plan your visit here, with historical talks, information on the garden design and our temporary exhibition space there's plenty to see and do.

Plan your day

There are plenty of things to see and do at Lyveden, so here's a few top tips for visiting and finding your way around.

Talks and tours at Lyveden

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers on a historical tour through Lyveden's gardens, where you can see the accomplishments and misfortunes of Sir Thomas Tresham and his interrupted dream here at Lyveden. Please check with our friendly visitor reception team upon arrival for tour times, subject to volunteer availability.

Borrow an audio guide

Lyveden's audio guides take you through the history of this fascinating place. The guide relates the origins of the New Bield, why Sir Thomas Tresham’s dreams were never realised and the family’s infamous involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.

Visit the manor

Visit the grade I-listed house, acquired by the Trust in 2013, and discover more about Thomas Tresham and his garden design at Lyveden. Look out for the oak staircase constructed in 2000 as an exact replica of the original which was removed in 1920 to America. Upstairs in Common Room you'll find the carefully curated second-hand bookshop, as well as a new exhibition of local wildlife photographers.

Playlets in the Common Room

Pop into the Common Room for a chance to catch a glimpse of Lyvedens troubled past. Running at regular intervals throughout the day, these playlets are small snippits of history for all to enjoy.

Playlets will be taking place on Saturday 13 July, Saturday 27 July, Saturday 24 August and Saturday 14 September.

A view of the Elizabethan lodge at Lyveden with the sun hitting the walls and blue sky above

Discover more at Lyveden

Find out when Lyveden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Lyveden Way map 

Your guide to walking the Lyveden way

A view of the Elizabethan lodge at Lyveden with the sun hitting the walls and blue sky above

History of Lyveden 

Discover how religious persecution, treason and debt stopped Tresham’s vision from being fulfilled and why Lyveden stands as a reminder of his act of quiet and creative rebellion.

Girl serving coffee in a cafe

Eating and drinking at Lyveden 

Visit the Grade I-listed Manor to find the recently opened café serving light meals, sandwiches, drinks and cakes.

A couple walking their dog in the garden at Lyveden, Northamptonshire.

Visiting Lyveden with your dog 

Lyveden is a three pawprint rated place. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden at Lyveden and on the ground floor of the Manor. Share your day with your dog as you explore woodland and the Northamptonshire countryside together.