Lyme Park


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Lyme Park is fine parkland approximately 560 hectares in size with ornate gardens and commanding views of the Cheshire Plains. It is a medieval deer-park with an imposing stone mansion which has been the ancestral home of the Legh Family for over 600 years. The area is high moorland, with ridges and valleys, on the western edge of the Peak District.

The land was acquired by the Legh Family in 1398. The original Tudor House, built in the 16th Century, was transformed into a huge Italinate Palace in the 18th Century. It now contains much fine furniture bought around this time. Lewis Wyatt, the well known architect remodelled the house in the 19th Century creating the ornate interior seen today.

The gardens first began to be created in the 17th Century. They include a lime avenue, the Dutch Garden with cherubs representing each of the 4 elements, and an Orangery containing plants over 170 years old. The parkland itself has fallow deer. The ghost of a lady in white is said to haunt the grounds while the Long Gallery is known as the Ghost Room. More recently Lyme Park was the setting of the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (a novel by Jane Austen).

With adventure playgrounds, picnic tables, and a restaurant Lyme Park is equipped for all visitors and offers something a little different to other gardens in the area.