Lyme Park House was originally built in the late 1500s by the Legh family, but was extensively modernised by Giacomo Leoni in the 1720s. The house was again updated in 19th century, when the formal gardens were also added. The mixture of architectural styles against the backdrop of Peak District moorland, makes Lyme Park House visually stunning and unique.
The interior of the house is also a mixture of Elizabethan and Baroque design. A portrait of the Black Prince in the main hall swings out to reveal a secret opening into what was the Elizabethan Great Chamber, but was later converted to a Drawing Room. Lyme Park House is full of tapestries, carvings, statues and furniture, chronicling the changing fashions between the 15th and 20th centuries. The remaining Elizabethan rooms are full of original features, such as fireplaces, beams, a stained glass window and carved plaques depicting contemporary people and scenes.
The famed Lyme Caxton Missil is on display at the house. The missil was printed by the first printer, William Caxton, and has been owned by the Legh family since around 1508. The prayer book is the only known example in existence of a near complete Sarum Rite missil. The missil is on display in a case, but an electronic display allows visitors to see the different pages.
Lyme Park House is surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park. The park contains many lodges, cottages and gates dating from as far back as the 1500s.
There is a ramped entrance to the house which ensures easy access, and the ground floor is suitable for wheelchair users. The gardens include areas of uneven ground, so assistance may be needed. Lyme Park does have wheelchairs for loan, but they should be booked in advance.
The house can be reached by car, train and bus. The National Trust runs a free shuttle bus from the park entrance to the house for pedestrians. Contact the estate for up to date travel and timetable information, as details change frequently.
Toilets, disabled toilets and baby change facilities are available.
The tea room provides light snacks, and has high chairs and bottle-warming facilities.
Baby slings are available for loan, as the first floor is inaccessible with a pram.
Tel: 01663 762023