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Lyveden National Trust

Elizabethan lodge & moated garden

Tucked away in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside lies a mysterious house and garden, a remarkable example of Renaissance design and craftsmanship. 

Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham in 1595 but never completed, Lyveden is a wonderful survivor of the Elizabethan age and a rare example of late Tudor landscape design. 

There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols. 

Sir Thomas intended his garden and lodge to symbolise his devotion to the Catholic faith, but the full extent of Sir Thomas's symbolic design remains unexplained to this day. 

Our audio guide describes Sir Thomas’s dream and how it all ended in a nightmare for the Tresham family with their involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.

Contact & Opening Times

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Lyveden New Bield, Lyveden, PE8 5AT

For opening time please visit the National Trust website or telephone 01832 205158.

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Visitor Information & Facilities

  • Baby changing
  • Child friendly
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Group tours
  • Pet friendly
  • Tea & cake

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