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Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
(4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
A well-preserved example of the luxury once enjoyed by the wealthy locals, Polesden Lacey is an Edwardian house featuring a collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain, and silver. This collection once belonged to Margaret Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess who enjoyed exhibiting her priceless possessions at her celebrated house parties. Many of the mansion’s grand reception rooms and galleries are open to the public and can be viewed on informative guided tours. Be sure to take a leisurely walk through this extensive estate, which is famous for its walled rose garden, manicured lawns, and series of footpaths. Don’t miss a stop at this historic site where King George VI spent part of his honeymoon in 1923. Use our Great Bookham travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Polesden Lacey and other attractions in Great Bookham.
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  • We came just before Christmas to see an Italianate country house dressed up beautifully with an abundance of Christmas trees and other decorations. Prancer and Rudolf, in the form of two "moonlighting...  more »
  • My wife and I generally visit Polesden Lacey most months, normally on a Sunday, as that is National Trust day. It features some of the nicest walks in this part of Surrey, and you can vary the length ...  more »
  • The guides' knowledge of the building and of its inhabitants, whether gentry or social climbers of dubious character, was encyclopaedic. The rooms are beautifully maintained in period condition and qu...  more »
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  • Very beautiful location on a hill with great views of the surrounding area. Lots of trails in this 1400-acre estate. Take a walk down the "long walk" and take in the views of the valley below. On a sunny day the scenery could be even more breathtaking. Google Maps had some trouble getting us to the location. It delivered us to a place which was about 700 metres short of the entrance. Thankfully we were able to see a NT brown sign which guided us to the correct location Big car park but very busy on the Sunday we went there. Live music on the lawn at 2.30pm and lots of people to enjoy it. Toilets are at the entrance, so it's best to use them first before venturing too far into the estate. Cafe serves good coffee, just like all cafes at NT properties.
  • Really lovely national trust site. The house is a very impressive massive hall and staircase and enhanced by some new rooms that have recently been opened. The gardens and estate are huge with several highlights and walks. The rose garden is a must when the season is right. The food offer is up to normal high NT standards. It not cheap... but it's good quality.
  • Really lovely area of Surrey. It's National Trust but not as expensive as some of their attractions. The house has a huge amount of history and the gardens are well worth wandering. There are tea rooms and a shop there, too. Well worth a relaxing family day out.
  • One of my favorite national trust properties, the house is worth a look round but the best part of this property is the huge gardens that stretch along the hillside. During the summer on Sundays and some bank holidays there is 'afternoon jazz' on the lawn. Perfect backing for a relaxed picnic.
  • Amazing house - best NT house I have seen. Helpful guides. Good food. Strongly recommend.