Free entry to Lyme for Stockport residents

Stockport Council and the National Trust are delighted to announce that they are continuing with the Residents Pass system for Lyme

This will allow Stockport residents one free visit to the famous historic property, which sits on the edge of the Peak District, just a short drive from the town centre.

Many locals will be familiar with this offer, which was previously distributed across Stockport as a voucher in the annual Stockport Review publication.

But in a move to make it even more accessible for residents, the National Trust and Stockport Council have worked together to create a new system which is being trialled between September 2019 and February 2020.

Rather than the voucher format, residents will simply need to bring along proof of address when they visit the estate to redeem their one-time free visit, which includes free parking, as well as entry to the historic house (well-known as the setting of ‘Pemberley’ in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth) and 17 acres of landscaped garden for up to two adults and three children, on any day except Bank holiday weekends.

Stockport has had close ties to the estate ever since it passed from its historic owners, the Legh family, to the guardianship of the National Trust in 1946. The house, garden and parkland were managed and run by Stockport Council up until the mid-nineties, when the National Trust took over the direct management of Lyme.

Cllr Kate Butler, Stockport Council Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus & Engagement, said: “I am pleased to announce that not only is this partnership set to continue but we’re making it easier for people to visit this magnificent place for free.

"Not only can Stockport residents experience the stunning heritage and wonderful parkland that is right on our doorstep free of charge but there’s also a free Sunday bus service there and back from the Hazel Grove Park & Ride. So let’s leave the car behind and enjoy a relaxing day out with friends and family.”

Deborah Maxwell, General Manager for Lyme, said: “We are excited to continue welcoming residents to Lyme from across the Stockport borough. We have always appreciated our long-standing relationship with Stockport Council who cared for this special place for decades, and we are aware that Lyme holds special memories for so many Stockport residents. So, if you haven’t been for a while, or have never visited before, we look forward to you coming along to explore all that Lyme has to offer.”

Lyme’s commitment to helping more Stockport residents experience the historic estate has also extended to their ongoing relationship with Stagecoach Greater Manchester, who since 2018 have operated a free to ride, hourly bus service from Hazel Grove Park & Ride straight to Lyme every Sunday.

For more details of the free entry offer, residents can pick up the October 2019 – March 2020 Stockport Museums What’s On Guide at Stockport’s local attractions, libraries and Lyme itself.