1. South East and London
  2. Surrey
  3. Great Bookham

Attraction Information

Christmas at Polesden Lacey has never been so magical! Whether it’s glittering trails of light through the Edwardian hallways, snow scenes in a secret courtyard, or a 17ft Christmas tree, begging for a selfie opportunity, there’s lots to explore alongside the Christmas trail.

The House
Before you begin your enchanting Christmas adventure, let’s get some awareness of the house’s electrifying history. This stunning Edwardian manor is where Dame Margaret Greville entertained her royal guests over 100 years ago. Laced with exquisite artworks, Fabergé and even a gold room, your little lords and ladies will be amazed at the picturesque house. On an everyday occasion they can even slip into period costumes and play the part of an aristocrat!

Christmas Event
Jingle all the way to Polesden Lacey for a heart-raising celebration of Christmas! Explore the sumptuously decorated house, sparkling with Christmas splendour and a 17ft Christmas tree!

Wandering through the central hall you'll be greeted with glittering displays. Follow the trail of lights throughout the house as you piece together scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas... From swans a-swimming to ladies dancing and a 12-tiered Christmas cake to a secret snow-filled courtyard, there's lots to discover.

Take the children on a storybook trail indoors or explore the outdoors family trail (£3 charge, includes magical Christmas glasses) with active challenges and games, themed on the 12 Days of Christmas, designed to exercise those Christmas high spirits.

Christmas trails are fun but boy oh boy, do they work up a thirst! So it's a good thing there are cups of creamy hot chocolates on hand! Sip and walk around the gardens before heading over to browse festive gifts from the gift shop.

And what's more? There are even live music performances on selected Fridays and Saturdays as well as festive food and drink in the café! All the sights, sounds and flavours of Christmas are in the air! Are you ready for the festive fun?

You'll have a wonderful family day out, cosying up together and looking over the romantic views of the wintry grounds and the sumptuous house. 

Extra Information…
There’s a £3 charge for the outdoor children’s trail. The trail includes a rather magical pair of glasses that will show all of the lights and sparkle around Polesden Lacey in a totally different way. There will be wonderfully decorated woodland dells and a twinkling bell tent as spots to make you stop and awe at the Christmas magic!

  • Blue Badge parking and drop off point.
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Grounds partly accessible.
  • Courtesy shuttle service.
  • Mobility scooters and wheelchairs available.
  • Induction ear loop available in coffee shop, café, shop, and visitor reception.
  • Accessible routes available through the pleasure grounds and formal gardens. 
  • Ground floor of the house is wheelchair accessible.
  • A volunteer-led accessibility bus is available but may not run every day. Please call ahead to confirm availability.
  • Accessible toilet next to the café.
  • Coffee shop has picnic benches with tables that can accommodate a wheelchair.
  • Main access route to the house is along a slope. Alternative route is available. Ramped access to second hand bookshop and house.
  • Assistance dogs are only allowed in the formal gardens, house, shop, and café. 
  • Dogs on short leads allowed in some parts of the garden.

For more accessibility information head to the National Trust's webpage.

Food & Drink
Come in from out the cold with your four-legged friend and warm up with a lovely hot drink at the Coffee Shop! You can also purchase cold drinks, cakes and snacks to take away with you. Take a seat inside or outside - there's plenty of seating available.

Stop for a nibble and some refreshments at the Beech Hut kiosk (opens during peak times) or the Stable Courtyard Cafe. Wondering what extras you can enjoy at the cafe as opposed to the coffee shop? Two words - cream tea! Grab a cup of coffee or refuel at the snack bar. To put it simply, there are lots of extra treats to enjoy. There are festive treats available here too.

Travel & Parking for Visitors
There is plenty of parking available at Polesden Lacey, with the main car park being hard standing and the two overflow car parks being on grass. Remember to pay for a car parking ticket before you enter the grounds. National Trust members park for free. For non-members, car parking charges are £2 for up to 2 hours, £5 for a full day.

By train
  • Boxhill & Westhumble 3 miles
  • Bookham 2.7 miles
  • Dorking 4 miles
  • Leatherhead 4 miles.

There are taxi ranks at Dorking and Leatherhead stations.

By bus
Epsom, Guildford or Leatherhead to Great Bookham: More details on the Surrey Council Website. Great Bookham is 1 ½ miles on foot from Polesden Lacey.

Local cycle routes can be found on the Cycle Routes website.

By Car
Sat Nav: Please use the postcode KT23 4PZ when travelling to Polesden Lacey instead of our address postcode, which has been known to confuse and mislead satnavs.

  • Discover beautiful viewpoints from Polesden Lacey's very own Winter Wonderland - it's fit for royalty!
  • Buy artisanal gifts
  • Explore the stunning decor woven through the Edwardian House and have a go at the 12 Days of Christmas Trail. 
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Opening Times

3 December – 2 January (closed 24 and 25 December)
Open everyday from 10:00 - 16:00

House open 11am – 3pm, last entry 2.30pm 

Garden & Café 10am – 4pm
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Pricing & Tickets

Adult £14
Child £7
Family (2+2) £35
Family (1+2) £21.
National Trust members go free

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

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