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Polesden Lacey

Address: Great Bookham | Dorking, Guildford RH5 6BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1372 452048
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Guildford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour

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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The house is in a beautiful setting, and in the sunshine albeit on a cold day, it was very pleasant walking round the gardens and parkland. We joined a limited guided tour round 4 rooms of a cold , darkened house but found the talk rather dull and stilted. I appreciate the room light is kept low to prevent fading... More 

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Betchworth, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
55 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The restaurant has been refurbished and not in a very nice way. It has lost all the ambience of the old layout. It has also been turned into some sort of chreche with lots of squalling kids so much so that conversation is impossible it is a great pity as my lady and I had been going there for years... More 

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Camilla M, Public Relations Manager at Polesden Lacey, responded to this review

Dear Ken G, I was really sorry to hear that you've had such an unpleasant experience in the Granary Cafe, especially as you seemed to enjoy it more in previous years. Please accept our apologies and, as a gesture of goodwill, we would like to invite you and your wife back to Polesden for a free cream tea with the... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A beautiful house with lovely grounds. Plan to spend a few hours as Polesden Lacey has so much to see and some surprising history.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We have always enjoyed our visits to this National Trust property. The views from the ground are stunning and there are lots of interesting walks on public footpaths around the grounds. However, it has become increasingly commercialised over the last few years and you have to pass through a barrage of tea rooms and shops before you get near the... More 

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Colin W, Manager at Polesden Lacey, responded to this review

Dear Caroline W, Thanks for taking the time to share your view about the property and your recent visit. We value constructive feedback and regularly use it to improve the experience that we give our visitors. Your comments about the commercialisation and staff have been noted and wil be shared with the team. As the National Trust is a not-for-profit... More 

Grayshott, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
32 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A great country house set in imposing grounds -once used it as a film location and decided to revisit

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Kent
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157 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We went to Polesdon Lacy on a Saturday in December. This was really fascinating - an Edwardian Christmas with the guides all dressed in traditional costumes. They were all happy and chatty, and loved the place. There were many floral displays which came out well in photos. There should have been free mulled wine - it was all gone. There... More 

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Surrey, England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I love Polesden Lacey. The story of Margaret Greville is fascinating and the house and grounds are beautiful. It's not too big, so easy to do in a couple of hours. Look out for the dog cemetery and Mrs Greville's own grave, both in the gardens. When I went, the upstairs wasn't available to view, but the ground floor is... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I've been to Polsden Lacy so many times and I admit it is pretty, lovely gardens and a stunning house however I do think it's over priced, especially as you can easily take a short walk on a public footpath and get in for free on the many back entrances. And you have to pay extra to go into the... More 

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Camilla M, Public Relations Manager at Polesden Lacey, responded to this review

Hi Hayley B, Thanks for taking the time to share your view and your kind words about the property. We value constructive feedback and regularly use it to improve the experience our visitors have, your comments about value for money have been noted. I would just highlight the fact that the National Trust is a not-for-profit conservation charity and, as... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

we never tire of visiting Polesdon lacey, and we have been many many times ! we have seen the beautiful house in all the seasons, frosty winter walks, summer theatre, spring flowers, lazy Sunday picnics .... Polesdon brings out the best whatever the time of year, you will find yourself pleasantly transported back when walking around this lovely house, absorbing... More 

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Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We spent a few hours here last weekend and were delighted by the theme of the house . . . . An Edwardian Christmas! The whole frontage dressed up like an Advent Calendar, all the staff dressed in period costume, the stunning rooms decked out with trees, rides around the grounds . . . and of course, mulled wine. As... More 

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