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A great day out in the park
Lyme Park (Manchester)
Member Name: blissman70
Lyme Park (Manchester)
Advantages: Peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings
Disadvantages: not enough public conveniences
(It is run in association with the National trust and Stockport council).
By car, take the A6 from either Stockport or Buxton and the park is situated near Disley. Car parking cost £3.80 per car, which is refunded on purchase of an Adult house/garden ticket.
The bus route is good as the 199 Buxton to Manchester Airport/ Manchester Airport-Buxton buses run regularly.
There is also a bus from Macclesfield.
The nearest train station is Disley which is a short walk to the entrance of the park
(Apparently, when Lyme Hall is open the National Trust offer a courtesy bus to and from the Hall. I have never used this service so I can not offer any comment on it).
The park is open all year round from 8 am until 8:30 pm in the summer, (6 pm in the winter).
The Hall is open 1pm -5pm between March and the end of October, (it is closed on Wednesday and Thursdays).
House & Garden: Adult £6.35, child £3.15, family £13.90. (car parking cost refunded)
House only: £4.70, child £2.25.
Garden only: £3.45, child £2.00.
The Cage: £0.90, child free
**(National Trust members can use all facilities for free)
The park is accessed via the main gate, paying the car park fee at a small wooden shack just passed the bridge. Then you drive along the mile long road until you come to the main car park which easily accommodates at least a hundred cars. (there is also a much smaller car park if you continue passed the first car park and follow the road, watching out for people, dogs, sheep and deer as you go).
The main car park is watched over by the grand house as it looms towards the skyline.
There are so many places to walk around the park that I would never be able to write it all down, (and to be honest, I have probably not even covered a fraction of the park considering there is approximately 566 hectares (1400 acres) of parkland, moorland and woodland surrounding the 6.8-hectare (17 acre) Victorian garden which hosts a sunken parterre, an Edwardian rose garden, a lake and a ravine garden.
There is a lovely walk around the outside of the garden, (the entrance is at the far end of the main car park), which may bring you in sight of some lovely red and fallow deer as they roam freely around that part of the park.
I do keep visiting the park as often as I can as it is a great place to walk my dog, (and to tire out my over active kids). Also, I get in for free with being a National trust member.
(The House is accessed via a rather steep set of steps up along the side of the inner gardens by the information/shop hut).
As you walk through the gates, with the small stone towers standing either side, you see the house looming above you. An archway in the centre of the house leads you into the courtyard.
*The court yard...
From here you can go into the house or the gardens, (tickets must be purchased from the ticket office which is located opposite the archway).
The entrance to the house is up some stone steps and through a double doorway, the gardens are accessed through another archway next to the ticket office.
There is also a lovely, (if slightly overpriced), restaurant/café at the entrance to the courtyard.
This grand building was first built as a remote hunting lodge but in Tudor times a house was built there and it this was then turned into an Italianate palace by Leoni, a Venetian architect, in the 18th century.
It is furnished to the highest standard for it's time and most of the rooms seem to be trapped in the past.
There are some fascinating things to see, such as the Tapestries, beautiful clocks and wooden carving.
There is also a full length portrait of the Black Prince which hangs in the drawing room.
The tour around the house is pleasant as you can amble along at your own pace without feeling rushed.
Well, what can I say about the stunning gardens, which are accessed through the courtyard of the Hall.
As you stand looking over the calm lake in the centre of the gardens you will feel somewhat relaxed, taking in the scenery around you.
On the one side there lies the Dutch garden, which has been lovingly restored to its former glory and now stands proud and elegant, over seen by four statues, which are meant to represent the four elements.
On the other side of the garden there is a large building called the 'Orangery' which contains some stunning plants which surround a small but beautiful little water feature.
*(Both the House and the Gardens were used in a Jane Austin production of Pride and prejudice)
There are many lovely picnic areas around the garden,(and Lyme park itself), for you to relax and listen to the peace and quiet of the beautiful countryside.
Plus there are miles of walks cutting through the acres of beautifully kept land and some interesting things to see, such as the Cage, (which was originally built as a hunting lodge and later used to hold poachers), and Paddock cottage.
There is also a newly refurbished children's play area on the other side of the main car park.
If I had too say something negative about Lyme park then I would have to say there are not enough toilets, there being only two sets, one near the restaurant/café as you walk through into the courtyard. The other being at the bottom end of the park, near the small shop and other café which is situated passed the boating lake.
Two sets of toilets for hundreds of people per day is a bit of a crush at times.
Apart from that negative issue Lyme park is a lovely place to visit and it is worth taking a picnic hamper and a flask as you will be there all day.....
Summary: A full day out for all the family