Nestling on the edge of the Peak District in Disley in Cheshire, Lyme Park was originally a hunting lodge and modest family home, owned by the Legh family for just under 600 years. The house underwent extensive alterations in the 15th Century, with notable architects employed to transform it into a glorious Regency mansion.
Lyme Park today is a feast for the senses. It boasts lavish interiors, fascinating collections of art and a magnificent 1,400 acre estate, complete with a medieval herd of red deer. There is something here for the whole family to enjoy. Try out the billiards table in the Long Gallery, read a book in the library, or visit the Dressing Room to try on the finest Regency regalia.
Outside, explore the elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
Children can let off steam in Crow Wood Playscape with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks. The nearby Timberyard Cafe offers delicious hot and cold snacks, soups and range of cakes.
Lyme Park is owned and managed by the National Trust.