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“NATURAL FAMILY FUN”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lyme Park

Lyme Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Disley
Certificate of Excellence
Disley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“NATURAL FAMILY FUN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Beautiful scenery and great adventure park for children. Cafe is a bit pricey but the food is very nice.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Peace, calm and tranquility.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Lyme Park is a very pleasant place to spend a good few hours. The gardens and grounds provide for effortless strolling. The NT guides are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Worth joining the NT for this alone.

Visited June 2013
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Tyldesley, England, United Kingdom
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“Our first visit, won't be our last!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Fantastic family day out for all our family - 11yr old son was not keen but soon relaxed and enjoyed the wonderful grounds, and even the house tour.

We will need to go back again as we hardly covered any of the 3,000-odd acres of stunning grounds - we stayed pretty near the house and only got as far up as the adventure playground which is brilliant for both younger children and even older (I have 2 pre-teen boys).

My only critisism is that the children bought ice-creams in the cafe, then we walked across to the shop/plant sales, and the exact same ice-cream was cheaper - not such a problem if I was buying but they brought their own pocket money, and it makes a dent :-(

Visited May 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Possibly our favourite NT home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

There are so many words to describe Lyme Park and... Not one of them bad!!! This is our second time there and, due to the english summer delaying Mother Nature a bit, another trip is planned in 4-6 weeks time to allow the gardens to mature (still found something new though)! Beautiful house, tranquil gardens, gracious staff and a house with history you can so easily feel a part of... Two top things to do! Find the steps on the edge of the reflection pool, take a seat and just watch for a while (the world as you know it with all it's hassles and pressures STOPS dead in it's tracks!!) Secondly, take time to read the stories on the final staircase as you leave.... Defy you not to feel the pain! The estates park is also worth a wander (if your legs are still up to it) Thank you Lyme... Look forward to seeing our very good friend again soon...

Visited May 2013
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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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“Amazing. Spectacular house and stunning scenary.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

We traveled especially to come here and we were not disappointed. We were warned on trip advisor to arrive early but didnt manage but there was little traffic leading into the site and still some parking available. This was 20 minutes after opening so try not to leave it too late but you dont need to be there dead on when they open the gardens as I have read on here.

The car park is £5 which you dont pay if you are national trust. I thought this steep at first but then I saw that lots of people who are not NT pay the fee just to have a picnic in the lower grounds away from the house by the lake there (not the main lake near the house but still lovely) and there are children's play facilities and another restaurant so I can see why they charge it now.

There are tours of the house at 11.30 but we missed this. However, to be honest the guides in each room are very friendly and most will approach you to reveal interesting information and all bar one were very very friendly. They are all also very knowledgeable so dont worry if you miss the tour. There are 60 odd steps to get from the car park to the house but there is a shuttle bus if you need it.

The house is defo worth a visit. It is stunning and interesting. They are not fussy about heels or walking on carpets either so as long as you dont touch the main objects its all fine and you feel as though you can walk around comfortably.You can even sit on some of the chairs and look out at the gardens reading about the room. I was also invited to play on the old piano but declined.

Maps of the house are issued but to be honest it is very easy to just follow the route as there are barriers outlining the way. You see a very large proportion of the house unlike some other venues. As with most NT properties no photos allowed inside the house. I think entrance to the house and gardens was £11 something but free obviously to NT members.

After visiting the house we went to walk around the fantastic gardens. Limited benches for picnic as everyone had the same idea but they are more than happy for you to sit on the grass which is even better because you can go by the lake. Stunning views out here but if going on the grass watch for deer and geese poo! Also take a bag for your rubbish as no bins are provided which is odd but then noone dropped litter anyways. Grounds are very well kept.

As you come out with the south of the house on your left you can go up to see the orangery and the rose garden. There is also the old stable block there which is now toilets. These are less busy!

If you come out with the south of the house on your right, follow the lake round for a nice walk and stunning views. If you continue to work your way up instead of following the path back around to the south of the house then you come across where the deer are in the day (but couldnt figure out how to get in) and some stunning greenery but also a little stream and mini waterfall so you can see where the water for the lake comes from. Definitely worth going off the main path up these smaller paths.

The gift shop is full of typical NT merchandise but also lots of Mr Darcey memorabilia which was odd as the pride and prejudice issue was never mentioned anywhere apart from in the shop. This is overpriced e.g. a dvd showing the bbc drama of pride and prejudice costing £15 can be found new on ebay for £3.99 so watch out for this.

There is a restaurant and a cafe. Get to the cafe earlier on as it was full of cakes but limited at 3.30 ish when we went back. The toilets are near to the cafe and also there is a chapel near here too which a lot of people will miss.

Overall definitely a place worth traveling to and we will be back.

Visited May 2013
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