Polesden Lacey - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Polesden Lacey is a beautiful country house and gardens only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, and a great place to come with your friends and family.
Polesden Lacey - FURTHER INFORMATION
Polesden Lacey - Dorking visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Polesden Lacey' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Surrey.
Polesden Lacey is one of the most popular properties run by the National Trust. The Edwardian house is set in 1,400 acres of estate grounds on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking in Surrey. The present house was built in 1835 by Joseph Bonsor and extensively remodeled by the Honourable Mrs Ronald Greville, a popular Edwardian hostess. This replaced two earlier buildings from 1336 and 1630 that stood here previously. The house was sumptuous enough for the Duke and Duchess of York (future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) to spend part of their honeymoon here in 1923.
In 1942 Mrs Greville died leaving the house to the National Trust. The property was damaged by fire in 1960 and in 1995 the National Trust embarked on a renovation programme. Today part of the property is open to the public, while part is used for National Trust administration. During the summer months various open-air musical and theatrical events are held in the grounds.
Highlights of Polesden Lacey include the house tours, seeing the lavish rooms that entertained royalty in the past. Within the grounds is a famous Rose Garden and numerous landscaped walks. During the year the house holds a Tulip Festival and Music Festival. This virtual tour shows part of the gardens.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Train: Boxhill & Westhumble Station 2 miles from Poleseden Lacey, Dorking Station 4 miles away.
Road: Polesden Lacey is 2 miles south of Great Bookham, off A246 Leatherhead to Guildford road.
Bus: Great Bookham, Rayleigh House and then walk 2 miles.