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Lamb House

West St, Rye TN31 7ES, England
01892 890651
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Ranked #8 of 9 Attractions in Rye
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Oct 16, 2014
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have visited Lamb House many times over the past twenty years. Whilst it still offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its illustrious former occupants - both real and fictional - it seems to be losing some of its charm. Granted, the house ably acknowledges its literary heritage, and the volunteers are friendly and informative. However, the garden... More

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Oregon City, Oregon
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I was glad to finally see the inspiration for Mallards (Mapp, and later Lucia's fictional home in the fictionalized Tilling). My only disappointment is that you can only tour the reception rooms on the first floor, because a tenant still lives in the house. The rooms that were open, however, were packed with great things to look at, including portraits... More

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is one of those houses that slightly annoy me. the house itself has a long history, being built by a prominent Rye family and lived in by 3 generations of them. But there is little to no mention of them in the displays, which all focus on the 20 or so years when the house's resident was Henry James.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

There were only three small rooms to view. The upper floor was not open to the public. They sell modern classic books for £2 each.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
73 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This time around, we were fortunate enough to visit on open day at Lamb House (open Wednesdays and Saturdays) where the famous American author Henry James lived and was visited by so many famous men and women of letters, too many to list. Also, if you are a fan of Mapp and Lucia, it's interesting to know that E F... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

As a fan of both Henry James and EF Benson I`d been looking forward to visiting for many years and kept missing the days when it was open. We eventually made it- but I have to say I was a little disappointed as there was so little to see in the way of original artefacts associated with either author. The... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only a small number of rooms open but go on a dry day and you can sit in the extremely pleasant gardens. One more for the literary connections, which are well displayed rather than the house interior/ furnishings, pleasant as these are. Has recently been used for the forthcoming remake of the Mapp & Lucia novels by the BBC, very... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

"Sorry" to Henry James fans, but the house is a bit boring. Fine to visit if you are already a member of the National Trust and can get in for free. Otherwise I'd say "give it a miss".

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57 reviews 57 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Worth a visit even if your literary knowledge does not cover these authors but a pleasant few minutes in the house and then a stroll round the garden. As National Trust member it was worth the detour; not sure whether it was worth the admission price

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The signs leading to Lamb House are a bit confusing and the nearest public car parks are quite distant and a bit pricey. There are only 3 rooms to see but well furnished and chart the lives of authors Henry James and E K Benson The garden was nice but not spectacular However worth a visit as it is a... More

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