Lyme Park – National Trust site in Stockport (Cheshire) near the Peak District

Lyme Park in Stockport, Cheshire, is a magnificent estate right on edge of the spectacular Peak District and was featured in our Top 5 National Trust sites for hands-on history.  The house and grounds are so incredibly pretty they’ve even been used in the filming of Pride and Prejudice. Inside the house there is so much for you and your family to look at – all the rooms are lavishly furnished and there’s even a piano you can turn your hand to. A welcome CD is available for when you drive up to the house to make the journey even more exciting!

This house is the epitome of elegance. You’ll easily feel like you’ve stepped straight into an Austen novel.

In the school holidays there are family activities available, as well as quizzes around the house and garden. Take your children on a stroll over the sweeping lawns – and why not bring a picnic to enjoy the day further? If you fancy an exploration through history then head eastwards towards the Cage tower. The structure was once used to lock up prisoners!

Lyme Park is an excellent opportunity to give your children the chance to practice their map-reading skills. Get them to lead you to the Orangery, Lantern Wood and the Paddock Cottage. Children will enjoy the chance to orienteer and learn about the estate as they go.

Written by Janis P.

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