Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This country retreat, only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside to explore. It was home to the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. Marvel at the glittering gold Saloon designed to impress kings and maharajahs, or Mrs Greville's extensive collection of Dutch, Italian and British paintings, Chinese and European ceramics and fine French furniture. The gardens offer something for every season, including climbing roses which are at their best in June, a beautiful herbaceous border and a winter garden bursting with yellow aconites. The wider estate has four waymarked trails with plenty of space to let off steam on a walk through woodland or over rolling hills.
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  • Eric_the_Bish
    Plymouth, United Kingdom864 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous house and contents. Rose garden was great.
    Happened to be staying nearby, so went not really knowing what to expect and we were bowled over. Staff notably knowledgeable. For me, the Chinese ceramics were the highlight, but there really is lots for everybody. The rose garden was totally spectacular. We spent three or four hours there, and another time would take a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Niel J
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit, but avoid the gents if you don't want a bad memory.
    An interesting house and grounds well worth visiting if you can cope with the slopes, steps etc. Food in the café is rather limited in range though. Negatives, like so many National Trust sites the gents toilets suffer from having 'waterless' urinals, even though the floor was clean and dry the stench was awful, time to revisit the cleaning regime and fit use detecting flushing perhaps? The cost saving in not having urine crystals blocking the drainage up, I've seen a 4"/110mm sewer blocked in less than 3 years due to waterless urinals, and visitors having a much more pleasant experience has to be worth investigating!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • James M
    Woking, United Kingdom387 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bit of everything for everybody
    The house has a lot of interesting history and a better than NT average collection of exhibits. The gardens and grounds are nice too. The views of the Surrey Hills are fantastic and on the day we went they were enticing visitors with live music and a couple of plays. Good cafe, bookshop and shop Textbook NT place
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,254 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand house, easy to imagine living here!
    It's been years (and not counting Christmas exhibits) since we've toured the house and it was lovely to refresh our memories. One volunteer kindly told us about the renovation of Mrs Greville's bedroom, we so look forward to viewing that in a couple of years' time. The house was showcasing royal links (because of the Coronation) and those aspects were interesting, as well as insights into Mrs G's hectic social life!
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An art gallery with gardens .... and cakes.
    We chose this NT house and gardens as a stop-off on a journey to Gatwick Airport. We did relax and wander around. It didn't fit, as far as we could see, into a standard NT place. We looked around each of the garden areas, some were well presented others "work in progress". We saw several garden areas where work in managing them seemed to be in the early stages. The house has some grand rooms but these are not to the fore. The property is managed as an art gallery for the last owner who donated it to the NT for them to display her many treasures - and there are a lot. We didn’t venture into the extensive grounds. Don't be put off by my comments, it's just a view. Visit for yourself and see what you think.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Ankit2385
    Bengaluru, India636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to Visit
    Stunning house with beautiful rooms and magnificent garden. Lots of picnic spots, Deck chairs, Walking path and nice play area for kids. There is a cafe with limited food options and Coffee/Ice cream truck as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • WantItGood
    Ferndown, United Kingdom79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Garden Tour, Lovely House
    We were lucky to turn up just before a free garden tour kicked off and took advantage as we were en route to our holiday cottage so just wanted the highlights. The lady guide was really well spoken and knowledgeable so it was terrific! Not only did we see the garden but our guide told us about the previous inhabitants of the house and the fascinating visitors - including the to-be George VI on honeymoon. The past owner had pots of money and the exhibits and photos in the house were really interesting. Good cafe too!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Mark B
    Witney, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such Good Service
    I don't tend to write reviews anymore but felt compelled to do so to highlight the excellent service that we received at Polesden Lacey yesterday. It was the first time we had taken my elderly mother out in a wheelchair and they could not have been more helpful with providing one and then indicating the best routes to follow. Once in the house my mother could not make it at the stairs so a volunteer sat her down with an iPad so then she could see pictures of what she was missing upstairs. Without exception, the volunteers were absolutely superb, I cannot thank them enough.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Jigs28
    Jamnagar, India392 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic, fabulous views
    Very scenic, fabulous for picnics. Polesdon Lacey has vast grounds and ample (paid] parking. The children's play area is well resourced and the outdoor fields are plentiful for picnics. The entry price absent a voucher or membership is quite excessive. The house itself was interesting but certainly less so for young children. A beautiful setting during the summer and worth a visit. Easily accessible from London.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Mary C
    Banstead, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas House!
    Visited the house to see the Christmas decorations. A fairytale this year & it was stunning. Best one ever! Peter Pan, Cinderella, Aladdin & Sleeping Beauty. Many Christmas trees beautifully decorated. The fresh flowers displays were excellent.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 6, 2023
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ChristineLynn53
Pulborough, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We arrived at midday & took the little bus as Dad has to use a stick & we were dropped right at the front door.
Loooked around the house which is very informative. Guides very easy to converse with. My father remembered that Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip arrived informally shortly after their wedding. He used to live @ the station house @ Bookham, & they arrived very informally one afternoon by train & were greeted & taken to Polsden Lacey for sometime together. Apparently it was all very low-key.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in late September & there was a jazz band playing on the lawn & people had brought picnics & were enjoying the beautiful setting & soaking up the sun.
Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we're glad you and your father enjoyed your visit. How lovely for your father to be able to reminisce. If he'd be interested in chatting to our research team we'd love to hear from him. Our email is polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk - please do get in touch if that would be of interest.
Written March 31, 2020
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Stephanie H
32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Middle class sexist tittle tattle.. stay at home and do exercises to a you tube video!

As a student I was herded 10 in a group around Broadmoor with a warden and a big set of keys opening a door for me to enter and another locking up behind me. The same has just happened to me in a group of 16 at Polesden Lacey. Very middle class and respectable of course, but herding cattle none the less.

Approaching the house you go under a really very good modern entrance arch. The front of the house looks good too but once past that Palladian? Edwardian? Shell, it was decorated in dark Victorian / early 20th century baroque style and grim

Dark, dank, imported wood panelling, gilt mirrors and a lot of emphasis on us shopping and spending an hour drinking coffee before we can see more than 4 rooms.
They do say we have to have a tour, but say we can then look around. They don’t say not till 1, and as it was raining that meant an hour of drinking NT coffee!

What is more we had to wait and do nothing till the tour began, then stand around not move without a guard following and I had a backache by 10 minutes in.

The house itself has what they tell me are high quality paintings, but it has no kitchen because the NT in its vandalising wisdom took it out.

Unfortunately the tour was not about the house but a lot of sexist stories all about how women make their way in the world by finding the right man, getting themselves pregnant, marrying money , and “long parties” that were simply weekend parties. “Ladies will want to know about jewellery “…… and chat about Meghan and Harry.

No questions! No sitting down! (Even for the woman carrying a baby) And with 16 in a group could not see anything but got an impression of gilded baroque inside what looks like a reasonable Palladian shell.

Unless you want to spend money and drink coffee, avoid!
Written March 1, 2022
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Thomas Hogg
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I walked through the Polesden estate and gardens last Sunday and stopped for a tea at the kiosk to support the National Trust. After standing in the queue for 30 minutes, I ordered my tea and handed over £2.00, only to be told it was "cards only". There was no notice at the kiosk to say that this was the case. Not a good experience but thankfully the couple behind me heard the conversation and included my order with theirs.
Written February 24, 2021
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Met with a friend just before lockdown and it did feel as if the universe was about to implode, so being able to savour the last chance of meeting up in delightful surroundings was a joy.
The gardens were so well tended and, even though it was a chilly foggy day, the bursts of spring colour cheered us up immensely.
Everyone walked courteously avoiding each other and stepping to one side to create distance.
One day we will again be able to meet up spontaneously, no booking...
Written September 28, 2020
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Lynne A
London, UK187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On checking in with our NT card, we were told the very interesting background history if the house and its previous owner by Clive Hershman. Then we went for a coffee in the Cowshed and it was the frequent National Trust story - very slow service and not enough seating for busy times. We then walked round the house, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas and afterwards walked around the grounds. Despite being a grey, chilly day the views were lovely. We would have walked a lot further if the weather had been more pleasant as the grounds are extensive. We then had lunch in the Stable restaurant and were impressed with the quality of the food. We had the vegetable curry followed by spiced apple and plum crumble. Both dishes were delicious and tasted home made. All in all a good experience and we hope to go back on a sunnier day.
Written January 1, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written January 6, 2020
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Michael M
Horsham, UK80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Once you enter and start your walk, house visiting or both,, if you need the facility’s ie toilets you have to leave the main areas and return to the toilet block next to the cafe.
I found the toilet block smelly and dirty. The cafe lacks people clearing there own tables and as for dog owners letting there dogs jump up at the table to see what’s on offer I found a bit disgusting.
Written February 3, 2020
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,254 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We went to the Ignite trail, having seen it written up as "brilliant" on Surrey Live and FaceBook. I can only assume the reviewer didn't pay for their experience as it turned out to be quite underwhelming...
Some displays were lovely and ingenious but there were lots of very similar ones (e.g. firepit in a clearing) and also lots of gaps in the trail with neither sound nor light. The sound was intermittent in some places too, shame, as the bits of classical music we did hear where apt and atmospheric.
Oddly, although we were given a lantern (to share - strange given numbers were apparently limited), it was taken back from us before we walked the part of the trail through the rose garden, with small steps and uneven paving where illumination would have been most useful!
This is not a cheap event (and no discount for NT members, shame on you National Trust!) so overall a bit of a letdown.
Written November 17, 2021
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Lylia12
Great Bookham, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I live very close to this lovely state house and it’s always a pleasure to visit. I was last here for the seasonal Shakespeare outdoor performance. During this visit I was with my mother and daughter who was studying Shakespeare for her GCSE exams, although she struggled to follow the show, armed with a blanket and an ice cream she happily sat back and enjoyed the acting. It’s quite an experience being an audience member of any outdoor performance but the environment and panorama of polsden Lacy makes it easy to get absorbed into a magical world. The house is gorgeous with lots of informative materials to make the trip a learning day.
Written July 8, 2021
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Kauto757
London, UK81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
As others have said it was a bit disappointing but some things were really good such as the fire breathing dragon & the “sea” of lights in front of the house. Sad you couldn’t really hear the music (mainly because of the screaming kids) as walking the last path with music playing was lovely. The displays with the metal were unusual, & loved the straw robin & unicorn.
Didnt try the food as apart from chips there was nothing veggie but it seemed a bit naff the cafe & ship were both shut, it was only 7 pm surely having such an event taking place they could have stayed open.
Nice touch being given the lantern at the start of the trail & the staff I spoke to were all friendly trying their best.
One suggestion - family hours so small kids could be taken at separate time,& parents going berserk trying to keep track of them in the dark nearly causing others to fall over - dangerous all round.
Given the amount of money the National Trust has it could have been better but it wasn’t as awful as other reviews make out & was worth the visit.
Written November 7, 2021
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Paul T
Waterlooville, UK453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We recently visit this property and from arriving to leaving, we had an excellent time. We could all the staff very friendly and helpful. We also went into the house and was surprised that we were able to view the majority of rooms and we were allowed to spend as much time in each room. We are going back in June to see the gardens in full bloom. I would highly recommend any one not visited this property to give it a visit you will not be disappointed.
Written April 19, 2023
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