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Group visits to Lytes Cary Manor

Two visitors in warm jackets walk down a garden path looking at the flowering borders
Early autumn colour in the the garden at Lytes Cary Manor | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

If you’re organising a group visit to Lytes Cary Manor, it’s perfectly situated just off the A303, so easy to access. Your group can easily spend two to three hours exploring the house and discovering all of the garden rooms. Discover what you need to know to plan your group visit.

About Lytes Cary Manor

An intimate manor house and the former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, the manor’s fascinating features include the 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall.

In the 20th century, it was rescued from dereliction by Sir Walter Jenner and bequeathed to the National Trust in 1948.

Its Arts and Crafts inspired garden is an inspiring combination of outdoor rooms, topiary, statues and herbaceous borders.

Visitors in Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset  Arts & Crafts Garden in summer
Visitors in the summer garden at Lytes Cary Manor | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Especially for groups

  • Reduced admission prices to the house and garden (National Trust members’ entry is free)
  • Pre-booked groups can enjoy a free, short introductory talk about Lytes Cary
  • Guided Tours of the garden are available with English speaking guides (pre-booked only, £2.50 per person)
  • Free coach parking close by, 150 yards walk to reception, strictly by appointment only
  • Combine your visit with a stop at Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden or Barrington Court.

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.

Get in touch

If you’d like to make a booking for your group, please get in touch by calling us on 01458 224471 or email us.

The outside of Lytes Cary in summer with hedges to the left

Discover more at Lytes Cary

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

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