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Lamb House


Type:Historic House / Palace

West Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7ES
Lamb House front


An early Georgian house and walled garden which was the home of the American writer Henry James, from 1898 to 1916 and later of author, E F Benson, famous for the Mapp and Lucia stories.

Several ground floor rooms are open to visitors and contain some of James' furniture, pictures and personal possessions, photographs and letters.

The walled garden is one of the largest gardens in the old town of Rye and was designed by a friend of Henry James called Alfred Parsons.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£7.50 per ticket
Child ticket£3.75 per ticket
Family ticket£18.75 per ticket
Adult with Gift Aid£8.25 per ticket
Child with Gift Aid£4.15 per ticket
Family Gift Aid£20.65 per ticket
Groups of 15+£7.10 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Caff_12
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      visited after watching Mapp and Lucia
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th November 2018
      Can see where they changed it for the film.Garden is lovely well worth a visit but keep an open mind Mapp and Lucia fans Read full review
    • Platwn
      Gloucester, Massachusetts
      Trip Type:
      Interesting and Lovely Home of a Great Writer
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 8th December 2018
      We didn't know, when we arranged to go to Rye, that Henry James lived there for many years and it was a great surprise to come across Lamb House. The house and gardens are lovely; there are some... Read full review
    • Traveller130853
      Kent, Uk
      Trip Type:
      Rather dull but could have been made a lot more interesting
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 12th March 2019
      We visited Lamb House earlier this month. I don't profess any deep interest in Henry James or EF Benson, both of whom had occupied the house, but I love old houses, gardens and local history. The... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A259. Located in Rye town centre.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Rye.


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

    Opening Times

    Lamb House (1 Mar 2019 - 27 Oct 2019)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

    * General Opening Text

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