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Polesden Lacey

Mole Valley

Type:Historic House / Palace

Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

Tel: +44 (0)1372 452048

Polesden Lacey


This country retreat, with glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside waiting to be explored, was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. The house has stunning interiors and contains her fabulous collection of art and ceramics.

The beautiful gardens have something for every season, including climbing roses, herbaceous borders and a winter garden. Plus a free interactive garden guide to help you make the most of your visit.

The Courtyard Restaurant specialises in freshly prepared, local, seasonal food and the Coffee Shop and Deli has delicious homemade cakes. The shops contain unique souvenirs, gifts and plants as well as our outdoors range.

From 12.30pm every weekday, and from 11am on weekends, visitors can wander through the house at their leisure, enjoying the lavish décor and fabulous collection of art and ceramics in this luxurious Edwardian party house. In addition, from 11am-12.30pm Monday – Friday visitors can join a guided tour, which will give a 30-minute introduction to parts of the house and its history. These tours can be booked at reception on arrival and will be charged at the normal house entry rate. That ticket will also be valid for the afternoon, so you can indulge in a spot of lunch and make a day of it. With glorious views, beautiful formal gardens and acres of countryside to explore, there’s always a reason to visit Polesden Lacey.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook. Wed-Fri preferred. No group discount at weekends. Max 2 coaches.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M25/A246. Off the A246, 5 miles north west of Dorking, 2 miles south of Great Bookham.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest rail station: Box Hill and Westhumble (walkers and cyclists only) - a 40 minute walk from Polesden Lacey via Chapel Lane. Taxis are available at both Leatherhead and Dorking stations.


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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* In addition, from 11am-12.30pm Monday – Friday visitors will be admitted onto guided tours, which will give a 30 minute introduction to parts of the house and its history. These tours can be booked at reception on arrival.

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