Lyveden

Lyveden, Oundle: Hours, Address, Lyveden Reviews: 4.5/5

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Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605. Due to the current work of the Lyveden Reconnected project, Lyveden is closed until June 2021.
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Toby
Brampton, UK2 contributions
Fantastic, go visit!
Nov 2021 • Couples
Beautiful location and place to switch off from the noise of the world. Great to see a program of works and improvements taking place. Friendly staff, great cafe and beautiful walks around the area. One not to miss!
Written November 26, 2021
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Jgknorwich
7 contributions
Quick visit
Oct 2021
Can not understand why this had to be pre booked as it was all outside and there were very few people there.
We used the audio tour (free) and without this would have had no information about the buildings as there are no signs or information boards. However, the tour bought it to life and was full of interesting facts. There was a sign at the entrance about the audio tour but we had to ask.
There is a walk to the New Bield which is mainly on grass, wear waterproof shoes if the weather has been wet!
The interior of the Manor House is disappointing as there is very little to see and the grounds do look a little neglected.

Without the audio tour this would have been a disappointing visit, with it it all came to life!
Written October 30, 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK3,783 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2021
Cannot understand the need to book a timeslot to visit here as it was fairly quiet when we arrived and during the longish walk to and from the 'ruin' probably saw another six or seven couples/families.
A few signs inside the building describing what the rooms may have been had the house been built. Otherwise it was a long walk for very little.
The manor house was of more interest with the café and second hand bookshop.
Certainly not worth £8 adult entry if we had not been NT members.

Only benefit was the large number of fallen apples that could be picked up in the orchard
Written October 24, 2021
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Emanic
Lowestoft, UK212 contributions
Very disappointing visit to ‘neglected’ site.
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is one of the NT places we have visited on numerous occasions over the years. Our grandchildren loved going there during school holidays as there was so much to do. Today we went to visit the site, to see the new Manor House and what we had hoped to be improvements to the site. Alas, this was not to be. The Manor House inside was a total disappointment- clinical cafe, a second hand bookshop - that was it. The high light was seeing a small model of how the new Bield should have looked, should it have been finished. There is a new path from the Manor House to the orchard which then peters out and you are left to walk through an over grown orchard which looks sadly neglected. Gone is the children’s area with binoculars and video link to the house martins that used to nest near the toilet in the spring. No access to pond dipping stuff, colouring sheets etc. The old cafe is now a holiday let and the pretty garden that was outside is now over grown and again neglected. The parterre was unrecognisable as was the path up the hillock. All left to nature and totally overgrown/ neglected.
On our return I mentioned my disappointment to the NT representative in the shepherds hut. She agreed, over the lockdown etc the land had gone back to nature and not been touched BUT there are plans afoot to get the site back on track next year. I do hope so, as this was a magical place and such a lovely site to wander round. At the moment the best word I can use to describe it as, is ‘neglected’. We will leave it ‘till 2023 to visit again in the hope of seeing improvements in all areas of the site.
Written October 18, 2021
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John S
Peterborough, UK60 contributions
Wear your walking boots and choose a dry day
Aug 2021
As members of NT we visited this location several years ago but it has significantly changed since then ( not the partially completed building of course= still not finished) . When they say its a good walk its no joke ... plenty of walking but not much else. Would have been somewhat disappointed had we paid admission as one off visitors and it seems as though a large site like this could be made into a more interesting experience , why not a childrens play area or a visitor centre ?

One more minor point.. pre-booking..... why ??
Written August 30, 2021
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK869 contributions
Good Visit
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had to book tickets in advance, although I’m not sure why as this is all outside.
There’s plenty of parking and we were welcomed in the car park by a friendly NT representative.
We used the audio guides which added greatly to our visit. We were finished in a little over an hour.
The walk is short but pleasant, and the history is interesting.
Written August 28, 2021
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KenBrann
Thrapston, UK2 contributions
Walking Visit
Mar 2021
We live near by so go walking here a lot. Normally you can drive up and park by the house. If it is closed you can park at the bottom of the road and walk up a dirt road to the house. Lots of walking trails nearby. It's out in the middle of the fields on top of the hill.

This isn't a big place. I would combine it with something like the Oundle Museum which is nearby.
Written May 13, 2021
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Amanda G
Oundle, UK78 contributions
Beautiful folly
Jan 2020 • Solo
A lovely place for a walk - the grounds and folly are surrounded by countryside and woodland that you can walk for miles in. Good dog walking territory
Written January 19, 2020
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK12,238 contributions
My first visit as a NT member.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lyveden new bield is situated about a 15 minutes drive from the attractive town of Oundle and is well signposted.
The approach track to the NT property is hard going being very bumpy and it seemed to take us an eternity to reach the large car park.
We reached the reception area and were handed maps and were asked whether or not we would like to use the free hand held terminals that when the correct button is pushed at the location shown on the map, this gives some history and is very helpful.
We immediately passed a beautiful little tearoom which seemed very reasonable price wise and walked over to the uncompleted 400 year old building.
The whole building takes about ten minutes to look around and was very interesting listening to the commentary whilst investigating.
The grounds are delightful and are full of wildlife...we saw many forms of dragon fly and there are little manuals placed around the grounds explaining what these are.
Further along is the orchard but be warned....today was muddy and pathways are made up of worn away grass, I nearly fell over on one occasion.
We were only there for about 45 minutes and it was immediately evident being a new NT member was just how well this property was well looked after....everywhere was spotless.
NT members enter free of charge but for 2 non member adults this would have cost £18.
It is really worth joining and I cannot wait to continue to enjoy beautiful properties and gardens like these.
Visited 19th October 2019.
Written October 19, 2019
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Hugemack75
Oxford, UK164 contributions
Interesting, quirky place
Aug 2019
Mother and I came here for an afternoon out. The food in the cafe was really lovely and the attraction was well-presented. Well done to all :)
Written October 17, 2019
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