Opening times for 10 December 2023
Asset Opening time House 11:00 - 15:00 Car Park 07:30 - 18:00 Coffee shop 10:00 - 16:00 Garden 10:00 - 16:00 Café 10:00 - 16:00 Shop 11:00 - 16:00 Kiosk Opening times vary Bookshop opening times varyMTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only in formal gardens, house, shop, and café.
Assistance dogs only in formal gardens, house, shop, and café. Dogs on leads are welcome in the pleasure grounds and in the coffee shop. Well controlled dogs are allowed off the lead on the wider estate. Please keep your dog on a lead if livestock are in the field. If cattle approach you, we recommend that you let go of your dog's lead.
You'll find the volunteer-led second-hand bookshop in a secluded corner on the west side of the mansion.
Volunteer-led short house tours are available selected days. Please ask at Reception which tours are available today.
In the café, situated within the Stable Courtyard, you'll find a variety of hot and cold options. We also have a range of delicious cakes and classic cream teas. There are plenty of indoor tables as well as an outdoor seating area.
At the Beech Hut kiosk you'll find hot and cold drinks, as well as snacks and cakes, located in the middle of the pleasure grounds. Opening times vary.
Plenty of parking available, with the main car park being hard standing and the two overflow car parks being on grass. Please ensure you obtain a car parking ticket. National Trust members park for free. Car parking charges are £4 for a full day.
You’ll find the gift shop in the Stable Courtyard, selling a range of gifts, local products, plants and garden accessories.
As you arrive from the main car park, you'll see the coffee shop, a great place to buy hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks to take away. Dogs are welcome in the coffee shop and there are seats both inside and outside. Opening times vary.
Main toilet block available near the car park, which has an accessible toilet and baby change facilities. The café has a smaller toilet block with gender neutral toilets, baby change facilities, as well as a larger changing place.
Blue Badge parking and drop off point. Accessible toilets. Grounds partly accessible. Courtesy shuttle service. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs available.
Accessible route and/or map
Accessible routes available through the pleasure grounds and formal gardens. Ground floor of house is wheelchair accessible.
There are some uneven paths in the pleasure grounds, rose garden, and old kitchen garden.
Accessible toilets available both in main toilet block and small toilet block next to the café. There is an adult-sized height-adjustable changing bench in the accessible toilet next to the café.
Powered mobility vehicle available
Mobility scooters available but we recommend pre-booking these by calling ahead of your visit to ensure availability.
Braille (guide or menu)
A braille guide for the gardens, estate and house showrooms is available. Ask at Reception for more information.
Main access route to the house is along a slope. Alternative route is available. Ramped access to second hand bookshop and house.
Blue badge parking on the left as you head towards the car park. The opposite side is prioritised for visitors with mobility issues who may not have a blue badge.
Coffee shop has picnic benches with tables that can accommodate a wheelchair.
Drop-off point available to the left as you approach the car park, just outside the coffee shop.
Steps are scattered throughout the gardens but are marked on maps. Some areas have uneven terrain, especially pleasure grounds and old kitchen garden.
Available in coffee shop, café, shop, and visitor reception.
A volunteer-led accessibility bus is available but may not run every day. Please call ahead to confirm availability.
Level access to food outlet
Coffee shop and café have level access, the Beech Hut kiosk is in a level outdoor area with woodchip covering.
Outdoor wheelchairs are available to borrow from visitor reception. To ensure availability please book ahead.
Level access to shop
Level access to main retail shop, second-hand bookshop has two small ramps for access.
From Junction 9 of the M25: follow the A243 (signed A24 Epsom, Dorking and Leatherhead), before picking up the A24 and then the A246 (following the brown signs, but taking care not to take a hard right onto the B2033 Reigate Road). Don't miss the brown sign as you enter Great Bookham, indicating the left turn up to Polesden Lacey. The main drive has granite sett speed humps, the last of which is slightly higher than the rest at a maximum height of 200mm. Low-slung vehicles or caravans with a low step attachment may wish to come in another vehicle or seek alternative parking. From Guildford: Follow the A246, past East Clandon and East Horsley. Don't miss the brown sign as you enter Great Bookham, indicating the right turn up to Polesden.
Parking: 200 yards from entrance. National Trust members park for free. Car parking charges are £4 for a full day.
Sat Nav: Please use the postcode KT23 4PZ when travelling to Polesden Lacey instead of our address postcode, which has been known to confuse and mislead satnavs.
North Downs Way within ¾ mile. More info on the North Downs Way here
Boxhill & Westhumble 3 miles; Bookham 2.7 miles, Dorking 4 miles, Leatherhead 4 miles. There are taxi ranks at Dorking and Leatherhead stations.
Epsom, Guildford or Leatherhead to Great Bookham: More details on the Surrey Council Website. Great Bookham is 1 ½ miles on foot from Polesden Lacey.
A perfect opportunity to make some wonderful Christmas memories to last a lifetime and get into the festive spirit together.
Are you looking for a special day out? Find out more about upcoming events here. Whether it's something to do for the school holidays, a curator talk in the house, or a special performance, there's bound to be something for everyone.
Polesden Lacey is a three pawprint rated place. Dogs are welcome in large parts of the garden and wider 1,600-acre estate at Polesden Lacey. Pick up a dog walkers’ leaflet when you arrive or download the guide before you visit.
Discover everything you need to know about bringing your group to Polesden Lacey, including length of visit, prices and how to book
Explore what there is to do and see at Polesden Lacey.
Edwardian country retreat of socialite, Margaret Greville. Home to her extensive collection of paintings, ceramics and fine French furniture.
Highlights include exceptional views, the walled rose garden, herbaceous border, and the Graham Stuart Thomas-inspired winter garden.
Our 1,600 acre estate boasts rolling downland with view over Surrey Hills, ancient woodlands and wildlife habitats that are home to rare birds and butterflies.
Kestrel Corner play area
A new, natural play area made using wood from the Polesden Lacey estate. Enjoy the swings, tunnels and giant nests as you embrace your inner animal and get closer to nature.
Coffee shop serving drinks, cakes and snacks to take-away. Café offers a bigger menu with indoor and outdoor seating. During peak times visit our Beech Hut kiosk for snacks, hot drinks, and ice cream.
Retail outlet selling original gifts, local products, and a gorgeous selection of plants, many that tie in with our own gardens. A volunteer-run second-hand bookshop is available in the house.
Garden Room second-hand bookshop
Just to the right as you exit the house, why not take a moment to browse our excellent selection of pre-loved books in our Garden Room second-hand bookshop. We have a good selection of collectable and vintage books available to buy. If you are interested in looking at these books, please contact us on 01372 452048 for more information or to book an appointment.
A Christmas extravaganza inspired by Mrs Greville’s love for entertainment and unforgettable experiences with family and friends. So spread the word with your loved ones and enjoy scenes of A Fairytale Christmas at Polesden Lacey this winter.
Kestrel Corner is a natural play area made using wood from the Polesden Lacey estate. Enjoy the swings, tunnels and giant nests as you embrace your inner animal and get closer to nature.
Take a peaceful walk in the woodland and explore Polesden Lacey’s wonderfully diverse 1,600-acre estate to discover birds, butterflies and beautiful viewpoints.
From the stunning décor in the gold Saloon to state-of-the-art conveniences, explore the Grevilles' house at Polesden Lacey, a luxurious house fit for royalty.
The garden at Polesden Lacey has something to offer in every season. From exceptional views and peace and quiet to stunning colours and scents, there is always something to enjoy.
Polesden Lacey is putting on a show stopping Fairytale Christmas experience this year nestled within the Surrey Hills. A perfect opportunity to make some wonderful Christmas memories to last a lifetime and get into the festive spirit together. Saturday 25 November 2023 - Sunday 7 January 2024
Bring your winter woollies as there is an outdoor fairytale-inspired Christmas trail to explore. Follow fairytales around the grounds of Polesden Lacey On the way you will see scenes of classic Fairytales such The Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan and see if you can find Alladin’s cave. This is a self-led trail with a trail booklet which encourages you to choose your own fairytale destiny. This trail is £3 per participating child, no booking required.
We’re never too old to enjoy the colour and magic of a traditional carousel, of many colours, galloping harmoniously around and around. Carousel rides will be available 25 – 26 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Then Friday – Sunday from 1 – 10 December. Daily 15 December – 2 January (except 24 and 25 December). Pre book now to avoid missing out.
Whether you want to grab a picnic, eat a hot meal or snack, or browse unique gifts and local products, we've got plenty to tempt you at Polesden Lacey.
You’ll find gorgeous views over the Polesden Lacey estate and elegant interiors in this Regency-style villa.
A larch-clad barn in a peaceful spot on the Polesden Lacey Estate, with a contemporary interior and lovely views.
We've partnered with Embers camping to create a new campsite at Polesden Lacey on the site of an already existing campsite used by the local Girl Guides since the 1960s.
This year at Polesden Lacey, our Christmas a trail takes you through many familiar fairy tales, with a map, and a book to write your own adventure.
Learn to take great photos with the help of our award-winning photographer. One-day workshops taking place 15 Dec 2023, 26 Jan, 16 Feb, 15 March, 19 Apr, 24 May and 14 June 2024.
Sit back and enjoy a virtual insight into how some of our properties prepare for Christmas, and learn more about how gifts in wills over the past few years have helped conserve special places for generations to come.
In the Surrey Hills, just 25 miles from London, Polesden Lacey is ideal for spending time with family and friends. The genius of the garden is its setting with glorious views of Ranmore Common and rolling parkland. A landscape virtually unchanged since medieval times.
Daffodils fill the lawns in spring, whilst the summer highlights are the abundant Rose garden and stunning herbaceous borders. Deckchairs on the South Lawn make it easy to take in the far-reaching views; perfect for picnics or grab a scoop of local dairy ice cream. Autumn offers golden colour across the landscape and from December the winter garden brings colour and fragrance.
The house was the weekend retreat of Margaret Greville. From brewer’s daughter to friend of Kings and Queens, the house is overflowing in rich social history. Remodelled by architects Mewès and Davis, hot off their successful refurbishment of the Ritz hotel, the house interiors are a showpiece in their own right, briming with opulence and luxury. Margaret Greville was a wealthy and discerning collector of art and objects. In her lifetime she amassed a surprisingly varied collection including Dutch and British Masters, Italian and Sicilian Maiolica and fine French furniture. Join a guided tour in the mornings, or wander through at your leisure in the afternoons.
Boasting a large shop and plant sales, there is bound to be something to inspire you from your visit.
From her quiet childhood in Scotland, Margaret Greville climbed the social ladder to become one of the most popular socialites in the Edwardian era and owner of Polesden Lacey.
Discover some highlights of Polesden Lacey’s exceptional collection of paintings, created by Margaret Greville, the last owner of Polesden, and her father.
Find out about conservation projects on the estate, including chalk downland, how grazing helps encourage wildlife and the roving ranger volunteer project
Help us to record the changing landscapes of Polesden Lacey - changes that take place as a result of our conservation work, but also changes that happen due to environmental factors. Over the next 10 years we hope to create a visual document that will show us how the landscape has evolved.