The coronavirus outbreak is affecting people and businesses everywhere, including our member houses. While the situation unfolds, we're trying to keep on top of developments among our houses and keep you aware of any changes to their opening arrangements.
With our member places facing one of the worst crises in living memory, our work supporting independent heritage has never been more essential. We are grateful for the support of all our members. We understand that many will be disappointed by the reduction in free-entry benefits but we're working hard to ensure that we can still offer a great value membership when brighter times return.
With recent changes in government advice allowing gardens in England to reopen, individual Historic Houses gardens and parks are beginning to find ways to safely open to the public.
Remember, we are a cooperative association - that means we represent and support our member places but we don't own or operate them. We don't, and can't, make decisions for them.
Any access must be carefully managed to avoid spreading the disease, and significant preparation must be done to ensure places can open in accordance with government and industry guidelines.
That means that, however much they want to, not all our parks and gardens will be able to open right away. Please bear with owners and managers as they each overcome their own unique challeges and ensure that they've done the right thing by the public and their own staff and volunteers.
Finally, if you pay a visit to a member place, please make sure your own actions are socially responsible and in accordance with the latest official guidance.
If you want to visit a particular park or garden please check their own website to find the latest information on their opening status and arrangements. Otherwise, you will find a list of the updates that we are aware of below. Please also see our Latest News page for further updates.
The below list details places that have opened to some degree. Please see Regional Guidance for further information.
Abbotsford, Roxburghshire - Gardens open
Althorp, Northampton - Grounds open daily, 1-31 August only
Arley Hall, Cheshire - Daily from 29 May 10am-5pm
Arundel Castle, West Sussex - From 8 July, HH members see regional guidance
Athelhampton House Gardens, Dorset - every day from 4 June
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland - From 6 July
Belmont House, Kent - From 10 June
Belvoir Castle, Lincolnshire - local community only
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire - From 19 July
Blair Castle, Perthshire - From 15th July
Blenheim Palace Park, Oxfordshire- From 6 June
The Bishop's Palace, Wells - One way system in place through gardens
Borde Hill Gardens, West Sussex - Pre-booked tickets from 29 May
Bowood Gardens, Wiltshire - Daily, 11am-6pm
Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire - From 14 June
Browsholme Hall, Lancashire - Book tickets online
Burghley House, Lincolnshire - From 19 June, timed slots
Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire - gardens open daily 11am to 5pm
Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire - From 4 July
Castle Howard, Yorkshire - Season ticket holders from 3 June, then 8 June
Chatsworth House gardens - pre-booked tickets from 8 June. Please note: NOT free to Historic Houses members any longer (see details below)
Chawton House, Hampshire - Gardens daily, 11am-4:30pm. Pre-booking required
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland - Gardens now open, daily, 11am-4pm
Cholmondeley Caste Gardens, Cheshire - From 1 July - HH members see regional guidance
Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire - gardens open daily, 10am to 4pm
Dorfold Hall, Cheshire - Private tours of hall & gardens only
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire - From Friday 3 July
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire - Weekends from 30 May to 28 June
Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire - Now open
Farleys House, East Sussex - From 16 July
Forde Abbey Gardens, Somerset - From 30 May, daily from 11am
Fursdon House, Devon - From 8 July
The Gibberd Garden. Harlow - open Wednesdays and Sundays from 17 June
Glamis Castle, Angus - From 29 June, booking required
Godinton House & Gardens, Kent - From 16 June, Tues to Fri, 1pm to 4pm
Great Dixter, East Sussex - Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm
Hartland Abbey, North Devon - From Sun 5 July
Harewood House, Yorkshire - From 6 July, pre-booking only
Helmingham Hall, Suffolk - Tues-Thurs & Sun until 20 Sept
Hergest Croft Gardens, Herefordshire - Daily, 11:30am-5pm
Hever Castle, Kent - From 1 June (booking required)
High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden, Sussex - From 25 May most days
Highclere Castle, Hampshire- From 12 July - HH members see regional guidance
Hindringham Hall, Norfolk - from 27 May
Hodnet Hall Gardens, open from 28 June, Sun and BH Mon
Hole Park, Cranbrook - Fully open, no booking required
Holker Hall, Cumbria - From 17 June
Holkham Hall, Norfolk - Coastal car parks now open, Holkham Park car park reopening 17 June
Holme Pierrepont Hall, Notts - Every Wednesday
Houghton Lodge, Hampshire - From 8 July
Hoveton Hall, Norfolk - gardens open from 15 June
Hutton-in-the-Forest, Cumbria - Sun-Fri, 1pm-4pm
Kentwell Hall, Suffolk - From 6 June, selected days
Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Gloucestershire - From 26 May
Kings Weston, Somerset - Gardens open daily
Kingston Bagpuize House, Oxfordshire - from 7th June
Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire - From 5 June, Fridays - Sundays
Knebworth House Gardens, Stevenage - House, grounds and dinosaur trail all open from 4 July
Lamport Hall, Northampton - Gardens opening from 8th July
Levens Hall, Cumbria - From 15 June
Loseley Park, Surrey - From 8 June, Mondays-Thursdays
Lowther Castle, Cumbria - From 8 June, daily, 10am start
Little Malvern Court, Worcestershire - gardens open 10 June to 23 July
Lullingstone Castle, Kent - World Gardens re-opening from 3rd July
Mannington Gardens, Norfolk - Open Sundays 7 and 14, Thursdays 11 and 18
The Manor Gardens, Hemingford Grey - Now open, 10am-6pm
Mapperton gardens, Dorset - From 7 June
Michelham Priory, East Sussex - From 4 July
Middleton Gardens, North Warwickshire - Now open
Minterne Gardens, Dorset - Now open, daily, 10am-6pm
Mirehouse, Cumbria - From 9th July
The Garden at Miserden, Gloucestershire - pre-booked tickets , Thurs - Sat, 10am to 5pm.
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Kent - From 3 June
Muncaster Castle Gardens, Cumbria - From 27 May, book online
Newby Hall Gardens, Yorkshire - From 6 June
Norton Conyers, North Yorkshire - Garden Mon, Thurs & Sun 2-5pm
Painshill, Surrey - Season ticket holders from 28 May, then from 1 June
Painswick Rococco Gardens, Gloucestershire - Open on select dates, advanced booking
Parcevall Hall Gardens, Skipton - Now open, daily
Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex - From 2 June Tues-Sat
Penshurst Place Gardens, Kent - From 3 June
Powderham Castle, Devon - Grounds open from 30 May
Raby Castle, County Durham - Deer park and walled garden open
Raynham Hall, Norfolk - Open Days from 4 July
Renishaw Gardens, Derbyshire - From 5 June
Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire - From 2 June, Tues-Sun
Riverhill Gardens, Sevenoaks - Wed-Sun, pre-booking only
Rockingham Castle, Rockingham - From 23 June, Tues-Thurs
Rodmarton Manor, Gloucestershire - gardens open from 6 June
Sandringham, Norfolk - Weekends, timed tickets booked online
Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire - Thurs to Sundays from 4 June
Scone Palace, Perth - Wed-Sun, 10:30am-5pm
Sezincote, Gloucestershire - gardens open from 18 June, Thu and Fri, 11am to 5pm
Sherborne Castle, Dorset - Gardens now open, daily, 10am-5pm
Stonor Park, Oxfordshire - Wed-Sun each week from 27 May
Sutton Park, York - From 8 June, honesty box in place. HH members exclusively on 15 June.
Riverhill Gardens, Sevenoaks - Online booking system in development
Tatton Park, Cheshire - Grounds & farm from 8 June, Mansion from 15 July
Titsey Place, Surrey - Gardens now open
Towneley Hall, Lancashire - From 6 July
Waddesdon Manor - we regret that this property has chosen to withdrawn from our member-access scheme and is NOT free for members
Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk - From 4 July
West Dean Gardens, West Sussex - From 26 June, booking available
Weston Park, Shropshire - From 16 June
Wollerton Old Hall Garden, from 25 June, online booking
Whatton House, Leicestershire - From 13 June, 11am-6pm, closed Thurs
Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley - Gardens open - HH members see regional guidance
Parks and gardens may now re-open in England where the owner feels able to do so responsibly. Please note that not all our member places are open and those that are may impose timed-ticket or other restrictions. Always check an attraction's own website before making a journey.
Gardens re-opening from 17th June. Historic Houses members can book through the Holker Hall website.
We are also delighted to announce that our Gift Shop will be opening from Wednesday 17th June. Our shelves are fit to bursting and we are sure you will find a wonderful pick me up whilst you’re here with us.
Please rest assured that we are taking every precaution to ensure both the safety of you and of our staff. Before we open the gates we will have:
- Deep cleaned each open area
- Installed helpful and happy signage around to assist movement
- Clearly placed distancing markers around where needed
- Fixed hand washing and/or hand sanitizer stations around the site
- Provided our staff members with the appropriate PPE
- Enable timed tickets on our website (the time slot refers to entry to the gardens)
- Moved to contactless/card payments only
- Reviewed and enhanced our cleaning regime across the site
Gardens only, every day except Saturdays. !pm-4pm. Historic Houses members please bring your membership cards.
Reopening from 10am Monday 15th June. They are not operating a booking system, so Historic Houses members can simply turn up with their membership card for scanning as usual. There is, though, a one-in one-out policy (e.g. one family in, one couple out), so please be aware that if the gardens are very busy you may need to wait. If you plan on visiting, please ensure you visit their website before travelling for the latest updates.
Lowther Castle & Gardens will re-open at 10am on Monday 8 June. There will be a simple takeaway offer from the Courtyard Café. The Car Park and Loos will be open for Garden and Estate Trail Explorers. The Story of Lowther Exhibition and the Adventure Playground will remain closed until further notice. Before visiting, please read our new measures to keep you and the Lowther Team safe on the home page of our website www.lowthercastle.org
Plannning to reopen the grounds from 9th July. This may also include the playgrounds depending on availability of cleaning equipment.
Gardens (only) open from 27 May - not the Castle or Hawk & Owl Centre. Visitors must pre-book a ticket on the website. Historic Houses members must bring their membership card.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays 11:00 – 16:30 until Sunday 20th September. Free access not accepted on special event days – please check website for details of these. We are also offering free entry to NHS and CARE badge holders when showing a valid NHS ID, NHS pay slip or CARE badge. Historic Houses members must show their cards on entry to visit.
Gardens now open, Sunday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, including tea room or lavatories. A one-way system applies around the gardens. Extra parking space available to help with social distancing. Visitors are allowed to bring their own picnics but must take their own rubbish home with them.
Historic Houses members must bring their membership cards.
Coastal car parks now open, Holkham Park car park reopening on 17th June. Currently looking at more extensive reopening in September. See their website for further details.
Gardens open from 15 June. Historic Houses members need to bring own pen to self-record visit.
Long Melfod, Suffolk
From 6th June. Gardens and take-out service. One way system in place. Kentwell's gardens are now open to pre-booked visitors on selected days. All visitors must follow current social distancing guidelines, and follow the specific instructions for the one-way route around the gardens. We will publish precautions and rules for guidance. We ask all visitors to bring their own gloves and hand sanitiser. You are welcome to wear masks or face-coverings.
Open days from end of June.
We welcome careful visitors to walk in the park at Raynham and through the woods immediately next to the house where there is a path of sorts. Please respect the safety of wild life by keeping your dogs on leads at all times during your visit and – please – leave no litter whatsoever.
If a gate is closed please do not open it or go through it.
BETWEEN 10am & 2pm FROM MONDAY to SATURDAY
THE PARKING AREA IS NEXT TO THE CHURCH WHICH IS OPEN TO VISITORS
Please approach by the ‘St Mary’s Church’ road off the A1065
At this time, NO PARKING NEAR THE HOUSE PLEASE
Please visit their website to order your timed tickets. If you are a Historic Houses member, you will need to enter HISTORIC HOUSES in the discount code section to enable your order to be processed without charge. Only the individual who is named on the membership card is admitted free of charge, all other guests must pay. You MUST bring your membership card to present at the Admission Gate with your e-ticket. Whilst waiting at the Admission Gate we ask you to maintain the 2 metre social distancing. Car parking charges will apply.
Walsingham Abbey will be open from Saturday 4th July, daily 11am-4pm.
Visitor information is on our website. We will be scanning Historic Houses members' cards using the phone app, we have a kiosk (garden shed) at the entrance with a small window for the card payment machine, through which the card can be passed. Hand sanitiser will be available for use.
Althorp will open their grounds through August. Unfortunately the house will remain closed for now, but may be able to open again soon.
Gardens open for the local community only. No public lavatories or other shared facilities. Admission will be limited to manage social distancing.
We are delighted to announce that following the recent government guidance, we are safely able to reopen and welcome visitors back to the Sculpture Gardens and Garden of Surprises from the 19th June 2020.
We are moving to an entirely online booking service so that we can manage the capacity of visitors to maintain social distancing, both within the gardens and at the entry points. You will have the option of booking from two time slots; 10:30 - 13:00 or 14:30 – 16:30.
The toilets near the gardens will be open and we ask that you adhere to social distancing and the guidance of our staff as you use these. They are accessed via the gardens’ gate just inside the Sculpture Garden and allow outdoor queueing. They will be regularly cleaned and maintained by our team. Please note that these toilets are only available to those who have a gardens ticket.
Chatsworth House Gardens
Gardens open for limited numbers of pre-booked ticket holders from 8 June. We regret to have to convey Chatsworth's decision to withdraw from our member-access scheme with immediate effect. As a result, Historic Houses members are NOT eligible to one free visit to Chatsworth's garden in this calendar year. We apologise on behalf of Chatsworth for any disappointment caused.
Gardens open every day from 23 May, 10am to 4pm. Farm shop, bike shop, take-aways from coffee shop, lavatories, open. House and restaurants remain closed.
Easton Walled Gardens
June 23rd - July 12th 2020: Tuesday- Sunday 10.30 - 4.00 pm. We are delighted to say we will be reopening the gardens for everyone in time for sweet peas. Our usual Sweet pea week will be extended to three weeks to ensure a more relaxed, spacious experience.
Holme Pierrepont Hall
Gardens open every Wed until end of Sep, 11am to 4pm. No facilities available.
We are reopening our gardens on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1pm until 4.30pm, from 8th July 2020. In order to control visitor numbers, you MUST book a time-allocated slot on our website in advance to be allowed entry in to the gardens. This includes Historic House members, Lamport Society members and those with Annual Passes. VISITORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON SITE WITHOUT A PRE-BOOKED TICKET. If you possess one of these memberships, please bring your card with you on the day of your visit. If not, we may not be able to grant you access to the gardens.
Please only arrive within your designated time slot. There are two time slots to choose from – they are 1pm-2.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. Once you have arrived, you may stay as long as you like. Gates close at 4.45pm.
Lavatories: Please note that our loos will NOT be open except to disabled visitors. Lavatories will be available to disabled visitors on request.
Renishaw Hall & Gardens
Gardens re-open from 5 June, Fridays to Sundays. We will allow 100 people entry per session. Please note there will be no further admittance once this limit has been reached. There is a one way entry & exit route in place and please observe social distancing at all times on site. All membership and discount cards will be photographed for our records.
Gardens open from 23rd June, Tuesdays to Thursdays.
Gardens admission: Adult £7.50, Children £3.50, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £15.00
Adult picnic bag – £10.00, Children picnic bag £5.00
We are asking that anyone with a complimentary ticket, Gardeners World 2 for 1 voucher and Historic House’s membership email the Estate Office to organise their tickets at least 24 hours prior to visiting. The estate office is open from 9:30am – 4:30pm each weekday.
Gardens open from Saturday 13th June 2020, 11am to 6pm. Closed on Thursdays.
We are delighted to announce that Berkeley Castle will be re-opening on Sunday 19th July 2020! We are really looking forward to showing you a warm and safe welcome to the Castle every Sunday to Wednesday until the end of October.
- All tickets must be purchased online - there is a limited number of visitor slots available each day.
- There will be one-way routes in the Castle and the garden terraces, with a cap on visitors inside the Castle at any one time.
- There will be no dressing-up area, but the children’s Dragon Trail and woodland play area will be available.
- We will be operating a ‘one in-one out’ policy for the toilets, and these will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
- There will be cashless payments for our takeaway food & drink facility to avoid unnecessary contact.
- The Butterfly House and shop will remain closed.
- The Walled Garden Café (formally The Yurt) will not be open on Monday to Wednesday and you will need to pre-book a ticket if you would like to visit on a Sunday (this is separate to the Castle admission). Please visit https://thewalledgardencafe.com/
- Historic Houses members can book online using their membership number.
The garden only will be open from Sunday 14 June 2020:
GARDEN ONLY Sundays from 12.30pm until 5pm.
GARDEN ONLY Wednesdays from 2pm until 5pm
We are making plans to open the Castle please check the website for updates on this.
Weekends from 30 May through June. Further updates after then. Historic Houses members can book tickets online for free access.
Hergest Croft Gardens
Now open. Daily, from 11:30am to 5pm. The gift shop and tea room remain closed, but they hope to be able to open them soon. New sculptures by Rachel Ricketts and Rolf Hook have just been installed, and everything is looking glorious.
Hodnet Hall Gardens
Reopening to the public on Sunday 28 June, then be following seasonal opening schedule of every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until Sunday 27 September, and also including Wed 15 July and Wed 16 September.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Garden open from 26 May; tearoom and shop closed for the time being. Limited admission to maintain social distancing. Lavatories available on the basis of ‘one in, one out’. A one-way system is in place.
Kingston Bagpuize House
As from Sunday, 5 July, our House will now be open on the advertised dates, in addition to the Gardens.
We are organising 10 min admission time slots for the House to help us stagger entry flow and reduce queues, in order to keep everyone safe. You will need to make a booking before you can visit the House, even if you're a member of Historic Houses.
We look forward to seeing you, and ask that you please stay safe and observe social distancing when you come to visit.
Little Malvern Court
Gardens will open 10 June to 23 July, Weds and Thurs, 2pm to 5pm. One-way system in place and no facilities available.
Visitors will also have to select an arrival time slot when booking which will help ease the number of people arriving at any one time.
The Hall buildings are not open, but we are bringing more of our historical interpretation outside for you to enjoy.
The Gardens and Grounds will be open as normal with one-way systems and passing places along some pathways.
Our single accessible toilet is open to all visitors with tickets for the Gardens.
Entrance to the Gardens will be by pre-booked online ticket entry only and the number of visitors will be capped daily. No tickets will be available to purchase at the visitor entrance point. Tickets will be released every Wednesday for the following week. Historic Houses members can book through the website.
The Garden at Miserden
Tickets for timed-entry slots on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 10am and 5pm, available to book online. Loos available, cafe closed.
Painswick Rococco Gardens
We will be opening for limited numbers of visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on select dates between 10am and 3pm. To visit, you will need to book an online visit time in advance.
There will be limited temporary toilet facilities onsite in our main car park. Our Café will be open, operating a simple takeaway service. The play area and maze will be closed for the time being, as will the Red House and Pigeon House. Our plant sales and gift shop will be open from 10 – 3.45pm. Dogs on leads are welcome, as usual.
We will only be accepting payments by debit or credit card. Cardholding members of Historic Houses, RHS and Rococo Garden Friends will be welcomed free of charge, as usual. Click below to find out more.
Rodmarton Manor Gardens
Open from 6 June. No tearoom. Lavatories available. Full details:
From 18 June, Thu and Fri, 11am to 5pm. Tickets must be pre-booked online. Lavatories available.
Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border will welcome visitors back to the estate from Tuesday 16th June.
Weston will be adopting the Visit Safe mark devised by Historic Houses to ensure that social distancing and hygiene measures are adhered to, ensuring a safe and warm welcome back to the Estate.
Visitors will be able to enjoy 1,000 acres of Capability Parkland following special walking routes, relax in the formal gardens and say hello to the deer in the Medieval Deer Park.
Wollerton Old Hall Garden
Planning to re-open from 25 June. Limited numbers allowed because of size of garden so timed tickets required (system currently being built for online ticket sales). Historic Houses members can click exemption but must bring their card to gain free entry.
Open now, daily, 10am-5pm. Gardens only. No online booking required. Historic Houses members can just show their membership card on entry.
Browsholme Hall Gardens
Hopeing to re-open for locals at the end of the week using an online ticketing system. Please refer to their website for updates.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
From 1st July the gardens are available for Cholmondeley Members and from 8th July we welcome the general public with a series of special measures for everyone's safety and an enjoyable visit to one of Britain's finest gardens.
Historic Houses members do NOT need to book in advance. Simply turn up with your membership card during their opening hours and show your card at the gate.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are operating by appointment only for visits to the Hall and Gardens. Our cottages are however available for holiday lets.
Park and Gardens open from 8th June
Farm open from 8th July
Mansion open from 15th July
Towneley hall is re opening to the public on Monday the 6th of July. We will be open Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm until 5pm with last entry 4pm Closed on Fridays. Online bookings preferred, with details on our webpage.
The castle – which covers a nine-acre site - is planning to open its grounds and staterooms following the government’s guidelines in response to COVID-19, which have ambitions to permit visitor attractions to open on 6th July as part of the phased easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Lavatories: High-quality portable WCs will be in place in The West Ward.
The gardens and grounds will be open to day visitors from Monday 1st June 2020. Please see our News page for further details.
The Castle, guided tours and self catering accommodation will remain closed until government restrictions are lifted.
The Deer Park and Walled Gardens at Raby Castle in County Durham are now open. The refreshment kiosk is also open, serving take-away refreshments only.
The Castle, Stables Café and Shop, and the Woodland Play Area remain closed.
Admission is being limited to help manage social distancing, and visitors are asked to book tickets online in advance.
Full details about visiting, and the social distancing measures that have been put in place can be found at www.raby.co.uk/coronavirus
Gardens now open, Wednesdays to Sundays. Historic Houses members do not need to book in advance. Simply turn up with your membership card at the admission desk.
Hotel and accommodation open for bookings. Al fresco dining and afternoon tea will be available from 15th July.
Arundel Castle is delighted to announce the reopening of its Gardens on Wednesday 8th July, in line with Government guidance, and has been certified as ‘Good to Go’ by VisitBritain.
Visitors are invited to pre-book tickets via the Castle website. Tickets will be issued on a weekly basis, on a Friday for the following week, so it is worth checking the site regularly. The first release of tickets will be available to purchase from 3rd July via www.arundelcastle.org. Unfortunately, no walk-in visitors will be permitted, and ticket sales will have to be made via the website only.
There will be lavatories in the gardens which will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Hand sanitisers will be at key locations.
Historic Houses members do NOT need to book. However, they must arrive between 11am and 11:30am to gain entry by showing their card. There is a maximum of 50 Historic Houses members allowed in per day, with a first come, first serve policy in place.
Belmont House & Gardens
From 10 June 2020. The Gardens will be open daily from 10 am with the gates closing at 6 pm. We will be opening an hour early at 9 am for key workers, in recognition of their efforts and unrivalled commitment to our community.
Borde Hill Garden
Following the latest government advice, we’re looking forward to welcoming pre-booked visitors back to the Garden from 29 May. This is an ideal opportunity to get out into the fresh air and to experience the beauty of the Rose and Italian Gardens in bloom, along with the many flowering trees and shrubs located around the Garden.
To ensure your safety we’ve reduced the number of people who can enter at any one time and have introduced an online booking system to help manage social distancing throughout the day. We’re sorry but those arriving without a pre-booked ticket, including our valued Friends, will not be admitted to the Garden.
Chawton House gardens will reopen on Saturday 4 July and we are so excited to be able to welcome you back! The House and Library are closed until further notice.
Garden reopening guidance for visitors
The gardens will be open from 11am to 4.30pm every day but all entry must be booked in advance online.
The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority. In order to reopen we need all visitors to follow and keep to our strict social distancing rules.
Historic Houses Members
Historic Houses members are welcome to visit for free as part of their membership. Book online in advance and select ‘Historic Houses’ as your ticket-type. IMPORTANT: you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your membership number(s) ahead of your visit.
Farleys House & Gallery will be reopening the gallery, garden and a special exhibition from Thursday 16 July 2020 and then open on Thursdays and Sundays. All admissions are by advance booking only.
Godinton House Gardens
Historic Houses members may pre-book tickets by email from 16 June (general public from 29 June). Garden only open Tuesday to Friday with booked times starting at 1 pm, then every half an hour until 4 pm, closing at 5pm. Cafe and house will remain closed for the rest of the year.
The Garden at Great Dixter will re-open from Tuesday 9th June and you will need to buy tickets from our website below before you visit – these will be limited to enable social distancing to take place.
Tickets will be released on Fridays for the following week. Please note people who arrive without a ticket will be turned away.
Annual Ticket Holders, Friends of Great Dixter and Historic Houses members can check in at the admission kiosk as usual without advanced booking. (Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm last admission).
The House remains closed.
Re-opening from 1 June. Booking in advance required: https://www.historichouses.org/resources/latest-news/hever-castle-gardens-reopen-from-1st-june.html
As Historic Houses member can I still book a visit online?
Yes, you can but the usual restrictions still apply. Booking online is essential so that we can manage our daily visitor numbers to ensure that we are complying with government guidelines to enable social distancing. Please use the option for partner offers when making your booking (no charge is made). Please remember to bring your Historic Houses membership card with you otherwise you may be charged in full. If you arrive on a restricted day payment in full will be requested on arrival.
Historic Houses Members can book for Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays, Kent school holidays and Christmas:
1 June to 22 July
1 September to 23 October
2 November to 20 November
High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden
Garden open from 25 May, 1pm - 5pm; then open every day except Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm.
Historic Houses members must email Jessica Smith at email@example.com at least a few days in advance of making a visit to book a free place and so Highclere can advise on their current capacity.
Fully open, no pre-booking necessary. The Coach House Café is not fully open but a takeout service is offered and refreshments can be enjoyed in the gardens.
Lavatories open but visitors must follow social distancing guidelines; specific instructions issued on arrival.
They will open to the public from Wednesday 8 July. To control numbers, entry can only be guaranteed if visitors have pre-booked a paid-for ticket.
We are open to Historic Houses, RHS and Gardeners World members. Please buy your ticket online-we have set up a special member ticket for you. Please bring your card to show the tearoom staff and sign the spreadsheet in the usual way-bring your own writing utensil.
These restrictions are temporary while social distancing rules remain.
Loseley Park will be opening the doors of its gardens only Monday – Thursday only from the 8th June, 10am to 3pm, no booking required. Please bring your Historic Houses membership card with you.
Please note we are closed to the public on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s. No refreshments or lavatories are currently available.
We are delighted to announce that we are opening The World Garden and grounds to visitors from the 3rd July to 31st October, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 12 noon - 5pm.
When visiting, there will be certain new measures in place reflecting current times.
Please respect the 2 metre social distancing rule at all times.
- No pre-booking required
- All visitors to park at the Gatehouse entrance via Lullingstone Lane (no access from Shoreham Road)
- There will be no Special Events and no Guided Tours for the foreseeable future
- Card payment only
- The house will remain closed. However there will still be limited stock available on request from the Gift Shop
- The Parish Church of St Botolph's will be closed until further notice
- Limited toilet facilities (Gatehouse only)
- Orchis & Hot ‘n’ Juicy Cactus House closed
- Plant Nursery (only 5 people browsing at any one time)
Michelham Priory Pre-booking is available now through Eventbrite.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to make the site as safe as possible for our visitors, staff and volunteers.
We are asking everybody to adhere to social distancing on site, there are plenty of hand washing/sanitising facilities. We will be behind screens at the ticket office and café, for our safety and yours. Regular cleaning will take place during the day.
Historic Houses do not need to book online and but must have their card on them to enter for free.
Pashley Manor Gardens
We are now open Tuesday to Saturday – Gardens and Café from 10am to 4pm (last entry/last orders) and Gift Shop from 11am to 4.30pm (gardens close at 5pm).
Gardens only open for limited numbers of pre-booked tickets from 3 June.
Essential Riverhill will be a new and adapted way of opening, initially for the period 30/5/20- 12/7/20. We will then review whether to extend or adapt Essential Riverhill or revert back to our usual opening.
During this time, visitor numbers to the gardens will be limited with timed, two hour pre-booked visits. In a change from our usual way of working, we ask that all visits are pre-booked online. Having pre-booked timed slots will allow us to restrict the numbers in the gardens and control the flow of visitors to ensure a safe, calm and happy experience for all our visitors and staff. The focus will be on exploring and enjoying the gardens and woodland, rather than events and activities where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Our loos are open and are cleaned regularly. Please use one family group at a time.
Our adventure play area will reopen from the 4th of July. Please sanitize hands on the way in and out and help your children remember their social distancing. Please share the equipment and be considerate and aware of other users. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please do not picnic in the play area (quick coffees are of course fine).
I am a Historic House member, do I still need to book?
Yes, you will still need to book a timed entry space. You will need to add a timed entry ticket to your shopping cart, and then apply the relevant discount code at checkout to reduce the cost to zero. The discount codes are linked on the ticket page so you can see them before you add your ticket to your shopping cart. You can also find them here (please read the page for instructions). Please remember your membership cards for scanning.
The Trustees of the Titsey Foundation are pleased to announce that the gardens and tea rooms will be opening to the public once more from 8th July. Visitors, including Historic Houses members, are requested to pre-book visit slots which can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 07889 052 461. We will only be accepting card payments. Visitors are reminded to adhere to government guidance on social distancing at all times, and should please follow the direction of staff at Titsey to ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable visit. Sadly, the house remains closed to the public at this time.
The Gibberd Garden
Open Wednesday and Sundays from 17 June. Check website for evolving situation regarding lavatories.
We will be reopening on Sunday the 12th July for our summer visitors as originally published and we continue Sundays to Thursdays inclusive till Wednesday the 16th September which is our last day of the summer open period. We are not open Fridays and Saturdays. Please see our website www.highclerecastle.co.uk
From 27 May, formal gardens and dinosaur trail open daily from 11am to 4pm. Pre-booking online essential: time-slots of 11am - 1.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm available. Parkland available for games and picnics outside of allotted garden time-slots. Adventure Playground remains closed.
House and Adventure Playground opening from 4th July.
Historic Houses Members do not need to pre-book but must show their card on the gate.
At weekends they will be running free flow, and during the week it will be guided tours. They will have limited capacity for both.
We regret that Waddesdon has chosen to withdraw from our member-access scheme and is NOT free to members.
Gardens only from 4 June, seven days a week. Advance booking online required.
As of Monday 6th July, the Gardens and Grounds are open daily 11:00 – 18:00 to Season Ticket Holders and Historic Houses members (book through their website). The House remains closed.
The gardens will reopen at 11am on Saturday 30 May 2020, although opening all areas will need to be gradual and phased to meet with government guidelines. We will be putting numerous health and safety measures in place, so for now the house and cafe will remain closed.
We will need the support of everyone to enable us to keep Forde Abbey House and Gardens safely open. We kindly ask that visitors practice strict social distancing guidelines, and encourage visitors to wash their hands regularly and stay in their household groups only. The mobility scooter and wheelchairs are currently not available for hire.
Historic Houses members must show their card on the door.
from Weds 8th July, our garden will be open to all comers as normal, from 2-5pm on Weds and Thurs afternoons, with a semi takeaway cream tea and refreshment provision from our tearooms (our outside benches will be put out, but our coach hall will stay closed). However, our house will remain shut. We are hoping to focus on contactless payments (mobile signal is a bit of an issue!) and are not doing timed visits or pre-booking because we feel that our numbers will be manageable.
Biddeford, North Devon
We are delighted to announce we are opening the beautiful gardens, grounds and walks at Hartland Abbey from Sunday 5th July 11 – 5pm. Our exhibitions, display of filming at the Abbey and Gift Shop will also be open from 11 – 4pm. Sadly we regret our wheelchair access to the loo and exhibitions, shop etc is not possible at the moment as this is through part of the house which must regrettably remain closed. We would be grateful for contactless payments where possible. We recommend visitors should bring their own gloves and hand santiser for their peace of mind whilst enjoying the walks where a gate needs to be opened and shut.
Mapperton gardens will be re-opening from Sunday 7th June.
Gardens now open. Daily. 11am to 6pm. Garden loos will be closed. One way system in place.
Gardens now open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3:30pm). Contactless card payments only.
The Bishop's Palace
Gardens only, open 10am to 5pm; numbers limited, one-way system in operation, pre-booked tickets. Historic Houses do NOT need to pre-book - simply turn up with your cards as usual.
Burton Agnes Hall
Gardens open daily, 11am to 5pm
Burton Constable Hall
Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
Initial tickets from the 17th June will be for Members & Pass Holders only. General public admissions from the 19th June. Historic Houses members can book via the website under FREE.
As of Saturday 4th July, we will be reopening the hall and stables too, 6 days a week (Tue-Sun) from 1pm until 4pm. It's advised to book a ticket to guarantee your place. Please, read our latest news article in full, before choosing to book or visit.
From Thursday 25 June, Harewood House Members will enjoy two days of Member-only access, and then priority access for the first week of opening. General public tickets will be available, but are limited until Monday 6 July.
Historic Houses members MUST email email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance of their visit to book a place and MUST bring their card with them on the day.
It will be essential to book your visit online, as we are limiting the number of people who can access the site to ensure social distancing can be adhered to. You can book your visit from this Thursday 18 June and new slots will be made available each Thursday to ensure that as many people as possible can get to enjoy Harewood.
All the toilets in the Grounds and Gardens will be open with a queuing capacity in place. There are also additional hand washing facilities around key areas of the site, and hand sanitisation stations at regular intervals around the site. We would still advise visitors to bring some alco-gel with them.
Richmond, North Yorkshire
Garden opening from 5 June, Fridays to Sundays. Payment by card is preferred, while Historic Houses members must bring their membership card. Visitors will not be required to touch anything to enter, except in the case of entering pin numbers on the card machine. Appropriate cleaning will be provided for the card machine.
Newby Hall Gardens
Current holder of 'Garden of the Year' will reopen (gardens only) on 3 June for season ticket holders and 6 June for the general public. Historic Houses members have the option to reserve a place on the Newby Hall website for free.
Wath, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Our garden is open on our regular days of Mondays and Thursdays and we have decided to open it every Sunday from 2pm-5pm until the end of August. The house will, unfortunately, not be opening in 2020 because of safety and capacity concerns.
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Skipton, North Yorkshire
The gardens are now open. Historic Houses members just need to show their membership card on entrance to visit.
Limited pre-booked tickets available from 2 June, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 3pm. Take-away tearoom snacks and lavatories available.
Opening the walled garden, hall gardens, parkland and plant nursery initially for 4 days per week, Thursdays to Sundays, from 4th June.
East Riding of Yorkshire
The gardens and zoo are open from 20 June, with the House and play area opening later, on 4 July.
Sutton on the Forest, York
Gardens (only) open to all from 8 June. Entry fee via a paper-only system and honesty box. Historic Houses can visit for free but must bring their membership card.
Entrance to the gardens for Historic Houses members exclusively on Monday 15th June.
We are delighted to be beginning a phased reopening of Abbotsford in accordance with all Government advice and guidelines. Our gardens will be open 10am - 4pm every day except Sundays from Wednesday 1st July. We can't wait to be able to share the amazing results of our garden team's hard work over the past few months with you.
Here's what you need to know to plan your visit to the gardens:
- Whilst it is free to walk our estate, we are accepting donations for entry to the gardens. You can donate* before, during or after your visit to the gardens by text (SMS) or online:
To donate £5 text SCOTT254 to 70970
To donate £10 text SCOTT254 to 70191
Planned re-opening on 15th July. The gardens will include lavatory facilities and a light catering service.
Drumlanrig Estate are pleased to announce that our Gardens will re-open on Friday the 3rd July! Entry to the Estate is free at this time but, tickets are required to enter the Gardens. On-line booking is now available please see our Plan a visit section for more information.
Historic Houses members can book their place using the online booking form.
Scone Palace will be opening the Gardens and Grounds on the 1st July every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as we continue to monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adapt to the changes.
We want to assure our visitors that safety is of the utmost importance and the health of all our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount. We will be giving you a warm welcome at a distance.
We hope for positive announcements from the devolved governments of Wales and Northern Ireland soon. However, official advice for these nations remains that all private gardens and outdoor ticketed attractions must remain closed.
Historic Houses member information
If you are a Historic Houses member and wish to visit one of the above properties, please visit the house's website first as you may need to book tickets in advance. If advanced booking is required, and there is not provision on the house's website for Historic Houses membersto visit for free, please contact them directly or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, if you are a Historic Houses member and are asked to pay for entry to a property that would be in normal circumstances be free to vist, please do not pay for your ticket without first getting in touch with us. Any property that is both open to the public now and is part of the Historic Houses access scheme is assumed to be still offering free access to members (Chatsworth being the exception). We will not be able to refund tickets purchased at any properties in any circumstances, and any subsequent refunds by member houses is at the discretion of the house.