The Historic Parkland
There are 78 acres of historic woodlands, incorporating the new Parterre and South Prospect Gardens, the Lake and Curtains pond. Over 4 km of paths have been recently created to further your enjoyment of the grounds. See the Mount (the highest point in Lytham) the 19th Century Dovecote, or take a wander around the Kitchen Gardens.
Come for a snowdrop trail in February, take a stroll through the parkland and marvel at the vast displays of snowdrops. The tea room/cafe is open to you warm up with a hot drink, a light bite or a hearty meal and there is a little shop in the courtyard with bric-a-brac and snowdrops to buy.
Please note, as these weekends are very popular, we restrict vehicle access to Lytham Hall to Blue badge holders only. Free parking is available at the Ballam Rd car park and the Serco car park opposite the gates of the Hall.
The Historic Parkland
The Estate currently consists of 78 acres of historic parkland. Earlier in the twentieth century it was a lot larger, containing Home Farm, a kitchen garden, an orchid house and swathes of land which have since been sold off for building purposes. The remaining 78 acres comprise wooded areas, grassland and two lakes. The evocative Lily Pond is a haven for wildlife and still shows the remains of a boathouse, which was used by the Clifton family for entertaining. It has fallen into disrepair in the early twentieth century. Curtains Pond is maintained and used by a private angling club.
In the parkland you will encounter several historic features. The buttress wall, adjoined by the Monks' Walk path, dates back to the seventeenth century, at which point it was longer. Archives have shown parts of the wall being taken down to enable carriages to pass for a Clifton birthday. The Mount was also created in the seventeenth century with the soil from the creation of Curtains Pond. It provided a marvellous viewing point to the sea and to the 3-mile-gallop in the grounds, where the Cliftons raced their horses. Built into the Mount was an ice house, using imported ice to keep perishables fresh for longer. Remains of the ice house are preserved under the earth.
The South Prospect garden and the Parterre are undergoing a transformation. Gone are the trees that have shot up over the past 70 years of neglect and gone also will be the Diana car park - so named after a statue which no longer stands. In its place we have recreated a formal Italianate parterre garden to mimic the garden which would have been here before. It will also be fit for the 21st century with plants for this climate and low maintenance needs. Lytham Hall no longer employs hordes of gardeners and so depends on many volunteers to tend to the gardens. With a tea room terrace overlooking the new garden and the Mount being accessible through new steps, this area is sure to become a favourite with visitors.
The Dovecote and Stable yard date back to the eighteenth century, and are in need of restoration. The Dovecote houses 850 nest boxes which would have been accessible to the game keeper via a rotating ladder. The stables were the Cliftons' pride and joy as active race horse owners. Several winners have been housed and trained here, going back to the 1790s at least. We hope to restore these buildings in a future Phase 3 project. For more information on the restoration programme, please click here.
Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the tea room. There are also picnic tables outside the tea room for those who fancy an outdoor drink. Water bowls for dogs are located around the Tea Room area.
Dogs are very welcome to run around our beautiful parkland. Dogs can be off-lead on the front lawns and through the woodland, but we ask owners to be responsible for their dogs and be mindful of them approaching other dogs and people, especially small children. Dogs MUST be on a lead around the Tea Room, Tea Room lawn and Court Yard areas at all times. Waste bins are located around the grounds and in the car parking areas, please use accordingly.
I'm afraid dogs are not allowed inside the historic house, unless they are service dogs.
Lytham hall 5K Parkrun
The Lytham hall parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9 am, it's you against the clock. It's free to enter! but please register before your first run. You only have to register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time. We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! And after the run we grab a post parkrun coffee in Lytham Hall Tea Rooms - please come and join us!
‘Video created by Brian and Aaron Holmes’.