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National Trust at its Best!
Lyme Park (Cheshire)
Member Name: Lighthouse66
Lyme Park (Cheshire)
Advantages: Amazing, Reasonable Price, So much to explore, Great for All Ages!
Disadvantages: Wish I had known about it sooner
Just last week me and my partner took a visit to Lyme Park and we have loved it so much we have already been back twice! It is a brilliant park with so much to explore there just isn't enough time in one day, plus it is so amazing that you will just won't to keep coming back.
Finding Lyme Park
Lyme Park is based in Stockport, postcode SK12 2NX. Luckily for us we had a sat nav so found it very easily but it is well signposted from the centre of Stockport so I can imagine that no problems will be had when trying to find this little gem (If you haven't got the benefit of a sat nav). The drive to Lyme park is lovely you got through some stunning villages and I kept an eye out for the lovely pubs in case we wanted a drink or something to eat on the way home and there are plenty.
Arriving/ Prices at Lyme Park
When you arrive at Lyme Park there is a huge sign outside and you turn down a hill and follow this until you stop at a 'hut' where there is a list of prices (If you haven't already looked at these online). The price is £5 for a car which we found was reasonable but lucky for us I had a free national trust pass (which I get two of per year as a Natwest customer) we handed this to the lady and she then asked if any of us were under 26 I informed her I was and she went into detail about how I could get 12 months membership with the national trust for £22 per year and we would have unlimited entry all year round. I turned this offer down as I wasn't sure if we would be using it again.
It is safe to say that we took them up on this offer the second time we went there, what a bargain - we have already made up £10 in visits (This is just in parking and viewing the park - not including the house and garden) already only two weeks into my 12 month membership! As Lyme Park is a National Trust site I would highly recommend looking at their memberships and seeing the great offers you can get.
Once you're in Lyme Park
The barriers were lifted and we drove through and up towards the parking area. The views driving through are lovely, field after field and woodland after woodland I was excited to go and explore! I could see the viewing tower and then we arrived at the car park. It as a sunny day so it was rather full but we still found a parking spot easily. We got out of the car, picnic stuff in hand and began walking up the path way in the right hand corner.
It was brilliant, the walks went on for miles and miles, there was so much to see and just not enough time to see it all! Me and my partner love walking and exploring so this was perfect for us, after a couple of hours of walking and finding a lovely spot for our picnic we headed back towards the house, we reached the house walking through the huge front entrance gates and being amazed by the sheer size of the house and garden. What I hadn't realised is that we had only gone through the woodland, there were more gardens to explore!
We went in when we were approached by a national trust volunteer (Very Helpful and really should be appreciated for the time they put into these places), she gave us lots of information and told us where we needed to go and that we need to attach our pass somewhere visable so they can see we were allowed entry. She pointed the reception out and off we went, the reception again has not only a list of prices but also of the National Trust Memberships, there are various volunteers and plenty of leaflets all around. We handed the lady serving us the free passes (from Natwest) and were handed back a Lyme Park pass which is Lovely may I add, I have kept mine for my scrapbook.
Lyme Park House
Once we had our passes we headed up to the house where we were given a guide book to take with us, once again the volunteers were so helpful. You are not allowed to take photos in the house and the volunteer informed us that some of the property inside is 'borrowed' but we didn't mind so much even though I love taking photos of everything! We wondered around this rather quickly, I just like to take all the amazing old rooms in; they are amazing and lucky for me my boyfriend is history teacher so we can talk between ourselves along the way. It really was worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. There is also a National Trust Volunteer in every room who are full of knowledge so any questions you can ask them and I am sure they will know the answer. There is also the opportunity to you to dress up as a Victorian (the costumes are amazing) and you can have your photo taken, we didn't do this ourselves as I didn't manage to persuade the other half but the people who did this looked amazing and it did look like a lot of fun from where I was standing.
Lyme Park Gardens
Once we had finished in the house we headed out to the gardens, I was blown away, they are absolutely beautiful without a question of a doubt and are very well looked after, different flowers everywhere, a reflection lake, a waterfall - for those who love to take photos like me this was just perfect! There is a giant greenhouse, plenty of walkways and best of all a deer park (By this point I was beyond impressed - I would have paid a fortune for this). About 1000 photos later we decided to head off home, we head spend around 8 hours here, walking the whole time and the excitement of it all had tired us both out!
I would recommend Lyme Park to anyone and everyone, there is a child's play area, a pond where you can feed the ducks, a refreshment hut, a small café that sells food and so much to explore. Great for all ages and for all of the family! The opening times are all on their website and vary for each section of the park. A cheap price for everything you get if you ask me and the novelty does not where off - If I were you I would start arranging your trip there now it is one place I will never forget the beauty of and that I will keep going back to so I can explore more.
Summary: A magical place for all the family
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