Polesdon Lacey National Trust – I still think that a National Trust pass is probably the best annual pass we have ever brought, especially while I was on maternity leave where I had a whole list of gardens I wanted to visit. Even now I am back at work I still try to visit a couple of places a month. We have had our family pass now for a couple of years and there are still a number of local places we have yet to visit. One of those places is Polesdon Lacey. I discovered it while I was on maternity leave, but Hubby and I had yet to visit together. While he is off I am trying to make the most of our Fridays so we decided to pop along while Monkey was at school.
We had a lovely couple of hours nosing in the rose garden and wandering around. The cake was particularly nice in the cafe an I may have come home with a couple of plants for our garden too. There is a big expanse of lawn in front of the house which has a beautiful view and some deck chairs. We brought a rug and let Kipper toddle around.
There is a long herbaceous border which is in between seasons but planted with a mixture of yellows, whites and purples. I am sure the alliums would have been stunning when they were at their best. But this isn’t the reason we visited. It was all about the rose garden. When in full bloom like it is at the moment its so pretty with lots of different varieties. It must take an age to dead head it all. You can walk in amongst them and I did get Kipper out for a little wander although he was more interest in the manure so that didn’t last long!
Also one side of the walled garden there is a line of delphiniums in various shades all beautiful similar to the ones in the flower tent at Chelsea. I wish I could have more success at growing them. We didn’t visit this time but there is a large natural play area and grass theatre which they use for plays throughout the Summer. I must say I do like the idea of Jazz. While we were visiting there was a large number of people playing bowls. For those less abled there is a little golf kart to take you the short walk down to the house from the entrance.
For me on this visit it was all about the flowers…
Things you need to know
- There is a large carpark which is free to National Trust members otherwise it costs £5 for the day
- The gardens are open 10am-5pm this time of year you can get daily opening times here on their website. The house is open from 11am-5pm.
- Entrance is free for National Trust members if not, the prices vary throughout the year depending on the time you visit. Adults cost between £13.60 and £15 with gift aid, a child £6.80 and £7.60. A family ticket costs £38.
- Address – Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD
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