Lyme Park National Trust Review

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Peak District in Cheshire, England, the Lyme Park National Trust is an ideal destination for families seeking a wholesome day out. This historic estate, with its sprawling gardens, enchanting woodlands, and majestic manor house, offers visitors a multitude of activities and experiences. This blog post explores the various aspects of Lyme Park, including its location, activities,  facilities, and why we recommend a visit.

Where is Lyme Park National Trust located?

Lyme Park National Trust is situated near Disley in Cheshire, approximately 19 miles southeast of Manchester. Easily accessible by car, the estate is a short drive from the M60 motorway and the A6. For those opting for public transport, Disley train station is only a mile away, with regular services from Manchester and Buxton. There’s a lot of negativity in the press currently as the National Trust plan to build an additional 1000 parking spaces despite a pledge to be Net Zero by 2030.

We did travel by car but I can understand the negativity as when we were leaving the queues to Lyme Park were sprawling down the main road. We always arrive at places before 10 am so usually miss the majority of the traffic but it’s certainly something to be aware of should you plan to visit.

What is there to do?

Discover the Lyme Park mansion:

The majestic Lyme Park mansion is an architectural marvel that dates back to the 16th century. As you explore the beautifully preserved rooms, you’ll discover an impressive collection of art, furniture, and tapestries, transporting you back to the days of the Regency era.

At our time of visiting, we didn’t have time to tour the house but there are regular tour sessions run by a team of volunteers. 

Explore the gardens:

The meticulously maintained gardens at Lyme Park are a delight for visitors of all ages. Stroll through the colourful rose garden, discover the elegant orangery, and marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 

The gardens are a real delight and our children really enjoyed meandering through them.

Adventure in the woodlands:

With over 1,400 acres of woodlands to explore, Lyme Park offers numerous walking trails suitable for families, including the popular Crow Wood Playscape trail. This adventure play area, designed for children, features rope bridges, tunnels, and climbing logs, ensuring hours of entertainment.

Spot wildlife:

Lyme Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including red and fallow deer. Set off on a wildlife walk with your family to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Join seasonal events:

Lyme Park National Trust organises a range of family-friendly events throughout the year, such as Easter egg hunts, guided walks, and outdoor theatre performances. Check their events calendar on the official National Trust website to plan your visit accordingly.

Enjoy the play park:

At the far end of the car park, you will find the Timber Yard (cafe and refreshment area) and Crow Wood Playscape. This is a wood-constructed play park and blends into the environment nicely. Both our children enjoyed this however it’s most suited to children over the age of 4.


Lyme Park National Trust provides a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for families:

  • Parking: Ample parking is available at the estate, with designated spots for disabled visitors and families with young children.
  • Refreshments: The Timber Yard Café offers a variety of hot and cold food options, using locally sourced ingredients. There are also several picnic areas throughout the park. We enjoyed one of the many picnic areas under a large tree. This was great as at the time of the visit it was winter. It nicely shielded us from the elements despite the weather being dry at the time of the visit.
  • Accessibility: The estate aims to be as accessible as possible, with wheelchair-friendly paths, ramps, and accessible toilets. Some parts of the park may be challenging for wheelchair users due to the uneven terrain.
  • Gift shop: The on-site gift shop offers a selection of souvenirs, books, and locally made products, perfect for taking home a memory of your visit.

Would you recommend it?

Absolutely! Lyme Park National Trust is a fantastic destination for families, offering a wide range of activities and experiences that cater to all age groups. With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and excellent facilities, it is an ideal choice for a memorable day out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cafe?:

Yes. The Timber Yard Cafe can be found at the far side of the car park. It’s typically well stocked and has both inside and outside seating areas.

What is your favourite part?:

The variety. I love that you can cycle, walk, visit the house, the play park and best of all it’s all part of the membership cost. Our children really enjoyed walking through the wooded area alongside the stream.

Is it suitable for Dog walkers?

Yes. They ask that within the busy areas, the dog is kept on a short lead at all times but are free to roam the Parkland without restrictions. 

How much is it?

Free to park and visit the house/gardens if a National Trust member. For Non-members, it is actually incredibly expensive. It’s £5 to park the car as well as the following ticket prices for those wanting to visit the House and gardens. 

A family would have to pay £32+ to visit the house and gardens as well as the parking cost. This feels expensive. It’s not mandatory however to visit the house and gardens and I recommend you become National Trust members as you can recoup you membership fee just by visiting 3 or 4 times.

Pros & Cons


  • Great play park
  • Beautiful house and gardens
  • Lovely views and varying walks
  • Abudance of wildlife.


  • Road to enter can be extremely busy
  • Expensive for non-members

National Trust enjoyment rating

Last Updated on May 5, 2023 by Ryan

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