Polesdon Lacey National Trust After Lockdown. I stumbled across the fact that National Trust properties were starting to open to the public a bit by chance. Although apparently all members received an email to tell them. Tickets go on sale each Friday but you need to be quick as they are snapped up. From the things I have read they are making around 30% available across a selection of properties. Polesdon Lacey which we have visited before was the first property we managed to get tickets for. We visited on a very wet afternoon and so it was almost empty.
Arrival at Polesdon Lacey
As you drive up the long drive into the estate there is a little tent set up near the end. Here they check your name and ask for you to hold up your National Trust membership card. This is the only time you will be asked for tickets. There is more information at the entrance where you are told which parts of the attraction are open.
I was surprised to learn that they are selling hot drinks and snacks from the mobile coffee shop which is close to the house. The main cafe is closed as I would expect. In fact I found it quite strange walking through the courtyard which is normally very busy.
One way routes – Polesdon Lacey National Trust After Lockdown
There is a one way route set up around the house and grounds. The first takes you around the front of the house to the expansive lawns. The boys were very excited running all over the place yet still making sure they stayed a good distance (more than 2m) away from any other people we saw. Despite the rain they enjoyed running up and down the lawns. I must try and remember a picnic rug if we manage to visit next time it is sunny.
I really wanted to go and see the formal gardens so once the boys had run around a lot we headed over to the gardens. The one way route takes you down the long herbacious border and into the formal gardens at the far end. Despite the weather the border looked lovely and proved a source of conversation for the boys.
The formal gardens
Walking into the gardens we headed to the kitchen garden first. Exploring the little orchard and looking at the chickens, bug house and bee hives. There is a one way route around this area as well. With many of the vegetables in the ground still the boys found it very interesting. Especially as we are trying a bit of grow your own at home at the moment.
The route around the formal gardens essentially takes your right along the middle. It is not possible to explore either side of the centre path, which is a little disappointing. Although pretty with all the climbing roses I would have liked to get a little closer to some of the other roses.
Coffee & swings
After walking around the formal gardens we headed back towards the mobile coffee shop. What I did not realise is that it shuts at 4pm so it wasn’t possible to have that much longed for hot chocolate. A bit of a mummy fail but the strops didn’t last long when they realised they could climb all over the logs. Plus to my great surprise the large swings were also still in operation. The boys made a bee line for them and spent a good half an hour messing around. The giggles were infectious despite the rain. The larger play area is currently shut.
We had a lovely couple of hours and could have spent more time exploring more of the parkland. If the weather had been better I think we would have stayed longer. I have also had to promise that I will try to get tickets again so that we can go back and get a hot chocolate!
Other National Trust properties we have visited recently
We have been lucky enough to visit a couple of National Trust properties since lockdown started to ease. You can read about the other ones below:
- Standen National Trust after lockdown
- Nymans National Trust after lockdown
- Wakehurst Place after Lockdown
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Polesdon Lacey National Trust After Lockdown