Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house. Now a National Trust property, it has something for visitors of all ages.
Jane Austen fans may know it best as Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy, where he emerges dripping wet from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Highlights of the house include the imposing entrance hall with its secretive squint where inhabitants could peer unbeknownst at visitors from the comfort of the drawing room, and the nursery where children can play with the toys of yesteryear.
It’s hands-on rather than look-but-don’t touch. For example, there are costumes to try on in the dressing room and books to read in the library. Check the house’s opening times before you visit. It’s closed over the winter months.
Outside you can wander around the formal gardens taking in the flowers which come into bud later than most other places; nestled on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park is the second highest garden in the National Trust collection.
For something more invigorating, explore the 1,400 acres of parkland and woodland. Take a walk to The Lantern – a folly just under two miles from the house. The terrain is challenging enough to put some colour in your cheeks but still suitable for families.
As you’d expect from a National Trust property of this size, there is a café and shop. Kids will love the adventure play area with its tunnels, forts and slides.