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Lamb House, Rye

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Lamb House is a Grade II* listed 18th-century house situated in Rye, East Sussex, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust.

The house is run as a writer's house museum. It has been the home of many writers, including Henry James from 1897 to 1914, and later E.F. Benson.
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  • You cannot tell how from the outside but this is a beautiful house and and unexpectedly large garden for a town which is beautifully laid out. It has an interesting history. Well worth the visit...  more »
  • Lamb House, where American novelist Henry James lived for a number of years, is one of the more interesting tourist attractions in the small model town of Rye, especially for literary aficionados. A.....  more »
  • Initially check the opening times as Lamb House is not open every day, and also ensure that you've checked n as an NT member (or paid) at the adjoining property before visiting. Informative guides...  more »
  • Lambs House is now owned by the National Trust,steeped in history in the beautiful Town of Rye. The house has now been opened up so that the public can go upstairs to see the bedroom & the writing room. The garden is beautiful to walk round it's not massive but it does have some gorgeous plants to look at & with the most gorgeous smelling roses. There is a tea room and a court yard to sit in whilst having a drink & to sit there in the sun is wonderful, worth a visit.
  • Very interesting house with interesting literary connections. Set in an amazing area of outstanding architectural beauty. The house is of a small to medium size in comparison to other National Trust properties. However, that does not, in any way, diminish the brilliance of the house. The cafe is small so only outside seating may be available at busy times but don't let that stop you from trying because it is worth a visit as you can certainly enjoy a nice cup of tea there. One thing to look out for is when you enter the main house, look at the inside of the door with all it bolts and bars and how big it looks in the house in comparison to its proportions outside. I was travelling with my elderly mum and her friends. If you are travelling with elderly or disabled bear in mind that there is no parking on site. I dropped them off at the front door then went to park. You have to drive up the steep cobbled hill but it is fine for a car. I found some free one hour parking around the corner from the church but unfortunately it wasn't enough time when you do the cafe as well, if I had just done the house it would have been fine. Therefore, I had to move it into the public car park as you come into Rye. From there I walked towards the windmill, over the pedestrian crossing on the railway, be careful to make you sure you look properly before crossing, then just walked through the cut through opposite the estuary and up the hill to lamb house. Certainly a property worth visiting with some interesting stories attached to it so make sure you speak to the friendly guides in each room.
  • A Rye bolt hole. Nice to pop in if members. But probably not worth it if your not a member nor a fan of Henry James nor Fred Benson. Gardens very nice. Tea shop not bad either.
  • A most delightful place to visit. Volunteers are so welcoming. House is so lovely and now that extra rooms have opened, makes ones visit that more special. The gardens are really beautiful and a delight to wander around. To end my visit I visited the little Café on site. I sat in the lovely area outside amongst the plants. I listened to the birds singing whilst eating a delicious freshly made sandwich and a Coffee. It was time to leave sadly but I'll visit again soon 😊
  • Great NT place. Lovely garden approx 1 acre. Worth a visit if in Rye.

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