Lyme Park, Disley
Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Lyme Park encloses more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of English countryside, flower gardens, and a lavish mansion hall. The home's architecture features both Elizabethan and Baroque elements and was part of the Legh estate for over 600 years. The park and structures are open to visitors as part of the National Trust. As you explore the grounds on foot or by bicycle, try to spot medieval breeds of red and fallow deer. The Crow Wood playground is a hit with children, while adults often enjoy seeing the locations where "Pride and Prejudice" was filmed. Don’t forget to take home some local venison or one of the many varieties of cakes. Plan to visit Lyme Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Disley attractions using our Disley vacation route planner.
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We visited a week ago and enjoyed the house and grounds very much. Knowledgeable guides and information easily available in each room. My daughter and I dressed up as Edwardian ladies which was brilli... read more »
Stunning grounds and flower beds, lovely to wander around for an hour. Spent 2-3 hours exploring the house lots to see and very good room guides providing lots of information. The house wasn't enterta... read more »
We spent half a day here last weekend, we visited the house and gardens, and took time to walk some of the parkland. We could have spent much longer , but ran out of time. Fabulous views of the surrou... read more »
Superb stately home with picturesque garden and the house is full of beautiful painting and furniture. Going up to the folly was great and such a view with a bonus of seeing the deer. Hearty recommend this to anyone.
The park and house are both very impressive as you approach. You drive through parkland to get to the main car park. We decided to have a spot of lunch when we arrived and had high hopes as it was a nation trust restaurant. Unfortunately, there was very little to offer. The only hot foods were soup and quiche. Everything else was quite cake based. We expected a range of home cooked food. We then went to the gardens and had a nice walk around. They had games on the lawn, which was great and the gardens are very beautiful. After we had walked around the gardens, we decided to visit the house. We had taken our two children with us, and we thought that there could have been much more inside the house to interest children. It is a beautiful house, but the children were a bit bored. Finally, we walked back to the car and only now did we see the children's play area. It would have been great if they had better signage to show this. Overall, a nice day, but could have been better.
Mr. Darcy loves it. But Chef Perez would be turning in his soufflé. You cannot help but be impressed by the grounds and buildings. The architecture is lovely to view and indeed wander around. We were lucky that the weather was glorious. Although none of the flowers were really in bloom. But we're sure that they're a sight to behold too. Lots of visitors were dressing the part. I'm not sure what the Edwardian gentry would think of some of the combinations. But, a fun time was being had by all. The orangery was a tranquil respite from the sometimes chilly breeze and a walk around the reflection pool plus a game of quoits and croquet were great fun. It's a shame however that the obviously very skilled chefs are currently having their hands tied by the NT's management (those at head office rather than the estate. The quest for consistency across the entire operation has led for innovative and creative cooking to be somewhat stifled. Bread that's churned out via the chorleywood method. Rather than a local artisan bakery, Some cakes and pastries using margarine (not even around in chef Perez's day). There's so much potential to raise your game as you have done previously. At least offer patrons who'd happily pay more for scones made with butter with their £15 afternoon teas. Let's hope that head office loosens the chains soon so that we can be treated to local dishes with local ingredients. The food should and could have been the icing on the cake. Unfortunately for this visit it would have been pre-packed icing full of glucose-fructose syrup rather than something more natural.
Wonderful accessible parkland with well marked and maintained paths through deer reserves. Functional woodyard cafe and cosy ale house restaurant. Hall fascinating and well presented with knowledgeable volunteers in every room. Need a full day to see it all. Surrounded by wonderful Derbyshire hills.
Good adventure playground for the kids. You have to pay to get in but it's free to National Trust members. Great in winter for sledges. Red deer there too.
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