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.

If you are a Historic Houses member, please read the Regional Guidance for visiting information. This information may not always be found on the houses' websites.

Spot an error? If you know something we don't about the open status of a house or garden, just send us a quick email here so we can update this page.

Regional guidance


Browse the various English regions below for the latest information on each place. 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. Scroll down to see all 10 English regions.


Askham Hall


Askham Hall Gardens are currently open to the public every day from 11.30 am to 8pm. Take away wood-fired pizzas available and a spacious beer hall with indoor and outdoor seating.

The Queen’s Head Askham will also re-open for overnight stays and on 30 July. The Queen’s Head will be closed for non residents until further notice.

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens


We are delighted to announce that the Dalemain Gardens are open Sunday – Thursday 11am – 4pm. We are operating under the strictest social distancing rules, and have additional measures in place to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

We are offering a delicious range of homemade takeaway food and drink, and our marmalade shop is open in the corner barn selling the very best marmalades in the world. The mansion will remain closed until further notice. We ask visitors to Dalemain to obey all social distancing measures, to ensure that everyone can enjoy the gardens safely.

Holker Hall


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.

Levens Hall


The House, Gardens, Gift Shop and Levens Kitchen Takeaway are open Sunday - Thursday.

Where possible, we ask that you purchase admission tickets to the Gardens online in advance.   Tickets are not date or time specific, and can be used anytime during our opening hours (Sunday - Thursday), before the end of the season on 1 October 2020.

Tickets for House & Gardens admission can only be bought at the entrance kiosk.  In order to maintain social distancing, we will be offering guided tours of the House for groups of up to 8 people.  These will take place every 30 minutes between 10.30am and 3pm.

Historic House members are welcome to visit at any time during our hours of business.  There's no need to book a visit time.  Just bring your membership card for scanning. If you want to visit the House, you will need to book onto one of the guided tours when you arrive at the entrance kiosk.  (Tours are subject to availability)

Lowther Castle


Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Booking in advance not essential. Historic Houses members can show their card on entry to gain free access.

Castle ruins, gardens, exhibition, adventure playground, courtyard cafe, wood cafe, loos and cycle hire all open.

We now ask all visitors to cover their face – nose and mouth – when in Admissions, the Exhibition and any other enclosed space on the site.



Gardens and lakeside cafe now open daily until 31 October, 10am to 4:30pm. House remains closed.

Morland House


Update: June 2020: There may be light at the end of the tunnel. We will stay closed in June, but by 4th July we might be able to welcome visitors again. Please make enquiries as soon as you can. We look forward to welcoming you once again to Morland House. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Muncaster Castle


The Gardens, the Meadow Vole Maze, toilets and the Hawk & Owl Centre are open. There will be a world of owls demonstration at 11.30am – on a first come first serve basis and the Herons will be fed at 4pm each day. However, the sky hunters display will not be on, though you may see a few birds training throughout your visit.

The Castle will be open for pre booked tours.

I am a Historic Houses member what should I do?
If you are coming to visit just the gardens and Hawk & Owl centre you may just come along – please bring your tickets.

If you do want to come on a castle tour there will be a small fee of £5.00 per person (normally £18.00) – please call 01229 717614 to book and make sure you have you HH card with you when calling.

East Anglia

Helmingham Hall

Stowmarket, Suffolk

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.

Hindringham Hall


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.

Holkham Hall


Hall, Stories and Walled Garden: Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday

Stories and Walled Garden: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Visitors are able to book online as usual:

Historic Houses members need to use the code HH2020 to book their free place. There will be an option to pop in the voucher code below at checkout.

The booking confirmation will include all details on arrivals, timings, recommendations and covid requirements ie facemasks.

The tours this summer will not be free flow as normal - they will be 50 minute guided tours, with numbers limited to 8 people per tour to allow for social distancing. Guides will be wearing visors and visitors are asked to wear face coverings,  and not to touch anything. All tours are timed, and members can book a timeslot online. Also included in ticket price is entry to Holkham Stories (also timed – entry time will be given when booking a Hall ticket) and entry to the Walled Garden (free flow).

Houghton Hall


Now open, Wednesdays to Sundays until 1 November.

Historic Houses members can book their place to visit the Walled Gardens free of charge via the Houghton Hall website. If members wish to visit the exhibition (inside the hall itself) they can upgrade their ticket for £6 online.

Hoveton Hall


Gardens open from 15 June. Historic Houses members need to bring own pen to self-record visit.

Kentwell Hall

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.

Rayham Hall

Fakenham, Norfolk

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.



Please approach by the ‘St Mary’s Church’ road off the A1065


Sandringham Estate


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


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.

East Midlands



Althorp will open their grounds through August. Unfortunately the house will remain closed for now, but may be able to open again soon.

Belvoir Castle


Open 4 days a week (Thurs-Sun) and Historic Houses members can turn up for 2 time slots: 11am-13:30pm or 1:30pm-4pm. They don’t need to book, just turn up at one of those two times. Grounds only.

Boughton House


Boughton are pleased to confirm that our Gardens and Parkland will open on the 1st August.  They will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1pm-5pm in August and September.  Tickets will be required to enter the Grounds which can be purchased via our online booking service.  Unfortunately Boughton House itself will be closed for the rest of 2020.

Historic Houses members need to select 'Members & Carers' when booking on the Boughton House website.

Burghley House


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.

Doddington Hall


Gardens open every day, 10am to 4pm. Farm Shop, Home Store, Farrow & Ball Studio, Country Clothing, Bike Shop & Lavatories open daily. Cafe & Coffee Shop open daily. New Doddington Tea Room open Tues-Sun.

The Hall is now also open on Sundays and Wednesdays until 27th September. Please pre-book timed tickets online.

During the period of Doddington Hall's Sculpture Exhibition (ending 13th September) right across its grounds, Historic Houses members will need to pay entry at the gate, but at 20% off the ticket price, which will therefore cost £6 per person, instead of £7.50.

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.

We have put a few things in place to keep you safe while you visit:

  • We have marked out 2m social distancing points from the car park down to the courtyard.
  • We have separate queues for admission, shopping and toilet facilities.
  • You may be asked to wait before you enter the coach house or courtyard shop if we are busy.
  • We are encouraging visitors to use our hand sanitising station upon arrival.
  • We are encouraging card and contactless payments.
  • Our staff have been asked to regularly sanitise their hands along with cleaning down the counter and card machine.
  • The toilets will be cleaned regularly as will benches, hand rails etc.

Holme Pierrepont Hall


Gardens open every Wed until November, 11am to 4pm. No facilities available. Historic Houses members do not need to book, but must be prepared to fill out the entry form at the gate for track and trace purposes.

Lamport Hall


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.

Rockingham Castle


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.

Whatton House


Gardens open from Saturday 13th June 2020, 11am to 6pm. Closed on Thursdays.

Heart of England

Berkeley Castle


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
  • Historic Houses members can book online using their membership number.

Eastnor Castle


Weekends from 30 May through June. Further updates after then. Historic Houses members can book tickets online for free access.

Hergest Croft Gardens

Kington, Herefordshire

Now open. Daily, from 11:30am to 5pm. The gift shop has also re-opened, while the tea room remains closed, although visitors are welcome to bring picnics and eat on the benches all around the gardens.  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.

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.

Middleton Hall

North Warwickshire

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.

If you are a Historic Houses member please email with your membership number and preferred date / time and they will contact you to arrange this.

Sudeley Castle


The gardens, playground, exhibitions, church, pantry and cafe areas are open with new safety measures in place. The private family rooms will stay closed for the duration of the 2020 season (Library, Morning Room, Chandos Bedroom and Katherine Parr Anteroom). Unfortunately, our exhibitions will be closed all day for maintenance on Tuesday 4 August.

Historic Houses members can book their tickets via the Sudeley Castle website (click 'Partner offer or Complimentary ticket').

Weston Park


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


We are restricting the number of visitors and introducing time slots for everyone, even season ticket holders. This will help us stagger the entry flow, avoid queues and reduce contact. All tickets must be booked online in advance and will be released in stages over the coming weeks, so don't worry if you can't book for the end of August just yet!

You must book a ticket before travelling to the garden. Tickets will not be available to buy on arrival.

Season ticket holders and Historic Houses members may visit free of charge, but still must book a time slot online.

Woodchester Mansion

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

We are offering 4 pre-booked tickets every 15mins between 11am and 3:30pm on Fri, Sat and Sun and Bank Holiday Monday.

All booking details are at:

Historic Houses members need to email with their preferred day/time ahead of making a visit. Please bring your cards on the day too.

Our caterers are doing take-away refreshments outside the Mansion.

North West

Arley Hall

Northwich, Cheshire

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.

Capesthorne Hall

Macclesfield, Cheshire

We are re-opening our Gardens to the public on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays from 9th August 2020.

Pre-booked tickets must be purchased so that we have track and trace information.

Historic Houses members must book their free places via the Capesthorne Hall website.

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.

Dorfold Hall

Nantwich, Cheshire

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.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House


Opening from 12 August; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11am to 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm). Pre-booking is essential.

  • Timed entry available to book every 15 minutes
  • A maximum of 5 people per time slot
  • Visitors asked to wear a face mask
  • One way route through House
  • Tea Room open – pre-booking not required

The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means that Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has demonstrated that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

An average visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House lasts approximately 2 hours with a visit to the Tea Room. If you are looking for a longer day out take a look at  other attractions and museums nearby.

Historic Houses members must book their free places via the website below. Please ensure you bring your membership card with you on the day.

Gresgarth Hall


February to November on the second Sunday of the month

February to November on the second Sunday of the month

  • 13th September 11am-5pm
  • 11th October 11am-5pm
  • 8th November 11am-3pm

Hoghton Tower


We are now open. You will be able to access both the house, courtyards, gardens and tilting greens once again with a range of options available to you. The open days are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise stated.

The house is accessible via pre-booked, guided tours only. The tours are for a maximum of 6 people only, with social distancing in place.

Historic Houses members can book their tickets via the checkout page on the Hoghton Tower website.

Tatton Park

Knutsford, Cheshire

Park and Gardens open from 8th June

Farm open from 8th July

Mansion open from 15th July

Towneley Hall

Burnley, Lancashire

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.


Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle is now open daily until 25 October 2020, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

The Inner Bailey, Outer Bailey and the Bowburn Picnic Area outside the Castle walls are open along with The Castle Museum. Mobile catering units are available in The Courtyard and there are temporary WC facilities (including disabled) near the entrance, which is via The Alnwick Garden as all other Castle entrances remain closed – the postcode NE66 1HB will bring you to the correct entrance.

Historic Houses Members are entitled to a free grounds ticket giving access to all of the above areas but for the safety of our visitors we are offering strictly limited numbers with staggered entry times.  If you are an Historic Houses member, you still receive free entry but will still need to book a timeslot ahead of your visit.  Please use our live chat service on or give us a call on 01665 511 100 and we will be happy to arrange this for you. Please have your membership card to hand.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh, Norhumberlands

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.

Historic Houses members must contact Bamburgh Castle in advance to be included in pre-booked visitor numbers. Email or call 01668 214 208.

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham, Northumberland

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.

Raby Castle

County Durham

Raby Castle is open Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm. A one-way system is in place for visitors to the Castle to support social distancing, and numbers will be limited so booking is advised.

The Deer Park, Walled Gardens and Woodland Play Area at Raby Castle are open daily from 10am – 4pm. The Refreshment Kiosk is open daily, and the Stables Café will open during busier periods - the Kiosk and Café will serve the same menu. The Stables Shop is open on request.

Historic Houses members can book using the Raby Castle website:


Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

County Durham

The Main House, Chapels and Exhibitions are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm, the gardens and parkland plus al-fresco cafe is open daily 11am-3pm.

Wynyard Hall

Tees Valley

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.

South East

Arundel Castle

West Sussex

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 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-served policy in place.

Belmont House & Gardens

Faversham, Kent

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

West Sussex

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.

Find out more here

Chawton House

Alton, Hampshire

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 with your membership number(s) ahead of your visit.

Chiddingstone Castle

Edenbridge, Kent

The grounds and lake are open daily from 7am – 6pm, no pre-booking necessary. The Castle and Tea Room will be open on Sundays and Mondays from 2nd August 11am – 5pm, with last entry at 4.15pm, no pre-booking necessary. The Tea Room is not fully open but we are offering a take-away service from the front of the castle and refreshments can be enjoyed throughout the grounds.

Toilets are open but visitors must follow social distancing guidelines which are set out on our website and available on arrival.

Doddington Place


Open Wednesdays and Sundays. Historic Houses members do not need to book in advance and can simply turn up with their membership card to enter.

Farleys House

East Sussex

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.

Great Dixter

East Sussex

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.

Hever Castle


Re-opening from 1 June. Booking in advance required:

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.

Highclere Castle


Historic Houses members must email Jessica Smith at 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.

Hole Park


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.

Houghton Lodge


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.

Layer Marney Tower


Open Sundays to Thursdays, 11am to 5pm. The Tea Room has moved into the Long Gallery and through the month of August we will be participating in the Government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” 50% off.

Loseley Park

Guildford, Surrey

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.

Lullingstone Castle


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

East Sussex

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.

Mount Ephraim Gardens


The gardens are now open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 5pm – with last entry at 4pm. We plan to extend our garden season this year until 31st October.

Historic Houses members do not need to book in advance.



Historic Houses do not need to book online and but must have their card on them to enter for free.

Pashley Manor Gardens

East Sussex

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).

Penshurst Place


Gardens only open for limited numbers of pre-booked tickets from 3 June.

Riverhill Gardens


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. Please remember your membership cards for scanning.

The discount code is the number of Historic Houses members in your party plus the word FREE. So, if you have three Historic Houses members in your party you should enter the discount code 3FREE. If there is only one card holder, it would be 1FREE.

Titsey Place

Oxted, Surrey

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 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.

Turner's House


From 6 August; Thursdays to Saturdays. Please be aware that, due to the current Covid-19 situation, we wont be able to accept walk-in visitors for the near future. Therefore, booking is mandatory.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we will not be able to offer guided tours throughout the day. However, visitors will receive a short introduction to the visit in the gardens.

Small private guided tours for family groups are available please email for further information

We are also delighted that the exhibition Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings has been extended until the 31st October 2020.

This house is not part of the member-access scheme and is therefore not free to visit for Historic Houses members.

Thames & Chilterns

Blenheim Palace


The Historic Houses card acts as a ticket/annual pass, so members just need to book a timeslot at

Broughton Castle


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.

Chenies Manor House

Our gardens are open every Wednesday and Thursday in August. Tea and cake will be available to purchase and enjoy in the garden, the tea room will be open for a maximum of 30 people. Hourly time slots are available and must be booked online prior to arrival. You can do this here.

Historic Houses members are welcome but are asked to please email in advance of their visit providing, their membership number, name address, contact number and proposed date and time of visit. If they wish to visit the tea room a timed visit must be purchased in advance.

Dorney Court


12:30pm to 3:30pm during afternoons in August. Historic Houses members can show their card on the door for free entry.

The Gibberd Garden


Open Wednesday and Sundays from 17 June.  Check website for evolving situation regarding lavatories.

Highclere Castle


Historic Houses members do not need to pre-book, and can arrive on the day with your membership cards, but it is kindly suggested that you might come on site Mondays to Thursdays from 2:30pm when Highclere Castle is much quieter. Weekends are often very busy and entry is not guaranteed.

The last admission to the castle is 4pm and the grounds close at 6pm. You are also welcome to upgrade to include the Egyptian Exhibition on the day if you wish for an additional £7. Please note that whilst we do our best to accommodate all visitors we cannot guarantee Historic Houses members admission. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Kent-Smith at

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.

The House

July: 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21

August:  2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18

September:  6, 7, 20, 21

The Gardens

July:  5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21

August:  2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18

September:  6, 7, 20, 21

Knebworth House


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.

Sulgrave Manor


The garden is open, but tickets MUST be booked in advance.

To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don't book, you’ll be turned away, even if you're a season ticket holder.

Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You're then welcome to stay until closing time.

Open for your visit: A safe, local, welcoming outdoor space in which you can enjoy the beauty and nature of our manor gardens. Car park and basic toilet facilities available.

Sulgrave Manor house closed.

Waddesdon Manor


Gardens and short free one-way route through some downstairs rooms in the House, plus the Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden exhibition, are now open to the public, Wednesdays to Sundays. Tickets must be obtained in advance.

Historic Houses members can book their timed ticket at and should select Concessions for their free admission ticket per member. You must bring your membership card with you on the day too.


Wessex (South West)

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens


Open daily, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm). Online booking essential for all ticket types (including Passport & Season Tickets, military ID, etc.).

Historic Houses members can book their place via the website by selecting Advance Tickets and choosing 'Historic Houses card'.

Athelhampton House


We are fully open (closed Saturdays), online booking preffered. Your Historic Houses membership allows free entry at Athelhampton and 5% discount in our shop and restaurant.

Avington Park


Currently closed (July). See website for any updates.

Bickleigh Castle


Bowood Gardens


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.

Breamore House


House currently closed, but hopeing to re-open again in September.



Friday afternoons and Bank Holiday Weekends from Friday 7th August. 2pm to 5:30pm, gardens only.

Historic Houses members can visit using their membership card on the day.

Caerhays Castle


Now closed for 2020.

Castle Hill Gardens


Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12pm to 4pm.

Historic Houses members can show up with their membership card on the day for free entry.

Chawton House

Alton, Hampshire

Gardens now open with tearoom offering takeaway service. 11am to 4:30pm, daily.

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 with your membership number(s) ahead of your visit.

Corsham Court


The house and gardens remain closed until further notice (July). Visit their website for further information.

Deans Court


House and gardens public openings suspended until further notice (July). See their website for updates.


Isle of Wight

The house and gardens remain closed until further notice (July). See website for updates.

Forde Abbey


The gardens are now open, 11am to 5pm, daily.

You do not have to come and book a time slot, just come and maintain social distancing. Whilst the tearooms are open, you can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Well behaved dogs on short leads are very welcome.

Historic Houses members must show their card on the door.



We are delighted to welcome back visitors to our GARDEN ONLY at our usual opening times of 2-5pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the end of September.

Although the house remains closed until further notice, our tea-room is open, offering a selection of delicious takeaway teas, refreshments and ice-cream.

Hartland Abbey

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.

Historic Houses members do not need to book in advance.

Heale House Gardens


Gardens and tearoom now open, 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Historic Houses members bring your cards on the day, no pre-booking required.

Highcliffe Castle


The castle will open from Sunday 20 September. Historic Houses members can book through their website.

Houghton Lodge Gardens


Following the latest Government guidelines relaxing the rules on social distancing and giving the green light to hospitality, we are delighted to announce that we feel we will be able to reopen the Garden and the Honesty Tearoom from Wednesday 8th July. The Gardens and Tearoom will be open Wednesday-Sunday 11.00am-4.30pm. By not opening on a Monday and Tuesday our staff will be able to clean everything thoroughly in addition to our daily cleaning.

Historic Houses members can book their place on the website.

Iford Manor


House and gardens remain closed for the rest of 2020. The Bounceback Festival will still go ahead 30 July - 2 August (not free for Historic Houses members).



Longleat Safari Park has now re-opened to the public. However, the historic house remains closed. Therefore, unfortunately Historic Houses members will not be able to use their membership cards to visit Longleat free of charge until such time as the house re-opens.

Lulworth Castle


Lulworth Castle is open, you now need to book your timed tickets in advance.

We have introduced a limit on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your tickets or booking confirmation. If you’re a member of Historic Houses, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance and show your membership cards and tickets when you arrive. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Lydiard Park


Lydiard Park is open for exercise and recreation, daily, 9am to 4pm. Please remember to follow social distancing rules at all times. The walled garden and house are currently closed (25 August). Please ignore the answer machine message suggesting otherwise.

Historic Houses members can turn up with their membership cards on the day.

Mapperton House

Beaminster, Dorset

We are pleased to announce Mapperton Gardens are now open Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm via advance online tickets only.  Please select Advance Tickets to purchase. Historic Houses members can also book through the Mapperton website.

From 1 August our Coach House café is open Saturday to Wednesday offering a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, toasties, sandwiches and light lunches.  We are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which means customers will enjoy a 50% discount (up to £10) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The House remains closed at this time.

For 2021 group bookings, please email

Milton Lodge Gardens


Gardens open 2pm to 5pm daily until 30 September. Historic Houses members bring your membership cards.

Minterne Gardens

Dorchester, Dorset

Gardens now open. Daily. 11am to 6pm. Garden loos now open. One way system in place.

Historic Houses members bring your cards.



Now closed for 2020. Normal opening times March-April.

Orchard Wyndham


Closed until further notice. See website for updates.

Pencarrow House & Gardens


Our gardens are now open every day 10.00 – 5.00pm until the 30th November. There is no need to pre-book. We ask that you respectfully follow the 2 metre social distancing guidance when visiting but we have lots of space for everyone! On Fridays and Saturdays we operate with an honesty box so cash only please on Fridays and Saturdays.

Historic Houses members bring your card with you on the day, no pre-booking required.

Powderham Castle


Powderham's gardens and grounds are open 7 days a week, 10:00am - 5:00pm.

The Castle is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30am - 3:30pm. You will need to book a timed entry slot online if you would like to visit the Castle itself.

Historic Houses members bring your card with you on the day. Members can also book tickets in advance by using the Powderham Castle checkout page and using the promotion code HH2020. This will ensure your place is secure.

Prideaux Place


The house and gardens are closed until further notice (July). See their website for updates.



The house and gardens remain closed until further notice. See their website for updates.

Sausmarez Manor

Channel Islands

Only open for guided tours. Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:30am. See website for more detailed information.

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne, Dorset

Gardens now open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3:30pm). Contactless card payments only. Tea Room and Gift Shop will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

Historic Houses members bring your card on the day.

Startfield Saye House


The house is closed now until 2021.

The Bishop's Palace


Gardens only, open 10am to 5pm; numbers limited, one-way system in operation, pre-booked tickets. Historic Houses members do NOT need to pre-book - simply turn up with your cards as usual.

The Merchant's House


The Merchant's House Shop re-opened on Monday 6th July. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm. The house tours and museum remain closed.

Tiverton Castle


The castle and gardens remain closed until 2021.

Tregrehan Gardens


Every Wednesday between 1:00pm and 4:30pm from now until the end of October. Historic Houses members please sign the piece of paper on the counter as usual with date and the card number.

Ugbrooke House and Gardens


The house and gardens will remain closed through 2020.

Wilton House


The house and grounds remain closed until Easter 2021.


Allerton Castle

North Yorkshire

Currently closed until further notice.

Bolton Castle


Open daily, 10am to 5pm. The tea room is only opening Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays initially.

Please note that from 24 July, and in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidelines, masks/face coverings must be worn in the Bolton Castle Shop.  Please be aware that this is also where entry is paid on admission to the castle.

We would be grateful if tickets could be booked online ahead of your visit.  Online Bolton Castle Tickets  Visitors who have already booked will be given priority on arrival.  This will enable us to monitor visitors’ arrival and limit cash transactions.   If you do not have a pre-booked ticket, please be patient if you are asked to wait for as minimum amount of time as possible.

Bramham Park


Currently closed until further notice.

Burton Agnes Hall

Driffield, East Yorkshire

Our grounds, woodland, walled garden and woodland adventure playground are open. Takeaway coffee, wood fired pizza (most days) and other food and drink from the courtyard can be enjoyed in our grounds. Plants raised in our gardens are for sale. We are unable to accept cash, so all payments must be made on card, preferably contactless. 11am to 5pm.

We are welcoming day visitors, for whom normal gardens admissions apply (including the acceptance of RHS members on Mondays and Fridays, and Historic Houses members everyday).

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.

Castle Howard

Garden from 8 June, house from 31 July.  We regret to have to convey Castle Howard'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 Castle Howard in this calendar year. We apologise on behalf of Castle Howard for any disappointment caused.

Duncombe Park

Helmsley, North York Moors

Parkland and gardens open, no pre-booking required.

Fairfax House


Throughout October Fairfax House is running The Character of Home performances (find our more here:, but the house will remain OPEN for general admission Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 2:30pm and Sundays between 11am and 4pm. Tickets can be pre-booked here:

Harewood House


Historic Houses members do not need to pre-book slots but will be admitted on the day with a valid card (capacity allowing - quietest times are weekdays before noon).

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.

Hovingham Hall


Following the most recent Government guidance regarding Covid-19 coronavirus, we have given careful consideration to our usual House Opening in June. We are sorry to announce that we have taken the difficult decision not to open the House to visitors this year.

The situation is complex and we have taken decisive action in the best interests of all our visitors and staff. This is in line with the collective national effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We are disappointed to have to close our doors to our visitors and we thank you for your understanding. We will monitor the situation and keep in touch through our website.

Kiplin Hall

Richmond, North Yorkshire

Open 4 days per week, 10am – 5pm. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

This summer the Hall and Gardens will be open 4 days per week. Although the Tea Room remains closed for the time being, local firm Proper Pizzas are serving freshly baked pizzas outdoors from their authentic wood-fired pizza oven. Hot drinks and sweet treats from the Kiplin Kitchen are also available.

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.

Markenfield Hall

Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

Markenfield Hall will begin reopening its doors from Monday 13th July, for a series of Tiny Tours Monday to Thursday each week. Garden tours will take place on Fridays. Places MUST be booked in advance, and numbers will be strictly limited.

We have opened up the first fortnight for booking, and further dates will be added in the coming weeks.

Historic Houses members cannot get free entry to the tours (something that has always been the case) but can bring their card for a free slice of take away cake.

Newby Hall Gardens


Current holder of 'Garden of the Year', Newby Hall's beautiful gardens are now open. Historic Houses members have the option to reserve a place on the Newby Hall website for free.

Norton Conyers

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. Historic Houses members must bring their membership card on the day.

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.

Plumpton Rocks


Closed until further notice.

Ripley Castle


Limited pre-booked tickets available from 2 June,  Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 3pm. Take-away tearoom snacks and lavatories available.

Historic Houses members are offered time slots each day. You can book these on the website checkout page.

Scampston Hall


In light of the most recent Government guidance regarding COVID-19, we are delighted to announce that the Walled Garden, Café (outdoor seating only), Hall Gardens, Parkland & Plant Nursery are now open.

Please note that we are open 4 days per week from Thursday to Sunday inclusive, plus bank holiday Mondays. Our opening hours from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:30pm) remain the same. Advance booking of tickets is NOT required.

Sewerby Hall

East Riding of Yorkshire

The gardens, zoo, House and play area are open daily, 10am-4pm, . Historic Houses members are treated like annual pass holders and so do not need to book in advance.

Sutton Park

Sutton on the Forest, York

The Gardens are now open daily from 11am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Historic Houses members can visit for free but must bring their membership card.

Temple Newsam


Playgrounds, gardens and grounds open.

The house is closed until further notice and we are awaiting further guidance on when it is practical to re-open whilst ensuring the wellbeing of our visitors and staff.




Melrose, Roxburghshire

The historic house is open from Saturday 15th August, Thursday- Sunday 11am- 4pm (last entry 3pm). Abbotsford's gardens, cafe, shop and exhibition are now open 7 days a week 10am- 4pm.

Historic Houses members are not able to book free tickets in advance, but will be admitted without charge on presentation of their card on the day (which, in the case of the house, is subject to capacity being available for saftey reasons).

Ballindalloch Castle


Please note that as a result of these strange times that we are living through we will be opening on Wednesday 8 July 2020 but the Gardens only. There will be no entry to the Castle.

8 July 2020 until 30 September 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission: 4.00)
Sunday – Thursday (Closed Friday and Saturday).

Historic Houses members simply need to show up with their card to enter.

Blair Castle


Planned re-opening on 15th July. The gardens will include lavatory facilities and a light catering service.

Historic Houses members are allowed free entry on house tours so long as there is space on the day. You must bring your membership card. The gardens and grounds are also free to visit.


Duart Castle

Isle of Mull

Duart Castle, the giftshop and tearoom are open Sundays to Thursdays, 10:30am to 4pm until 18 October. The tearoom is operating on a takeaway only basis.

Gordon Castle



Open our Café 11.00am to 4.00pm, Thursday to Monday. We currently only offer a takeaway service, but from 6th July we are able to offer outdoor seating, and from the 16th, limited indoor seating as well.

Allow you to walk around the garden in a socially distanced manner. Continue to sell plants, produce and flowers from the garden. The play area is open.

Operate the shop within the Cafe while observing social distancing.

Open up the river. The river has been open for locals and from the 3rd July will be open for all comers.

Open up our holiday cottages. We are taking bookings from the 3rd of July.

We are hoping to have a season of outdoor films in the Castle Garden later in the summer.

Inveraray Castle


Open each Thursday through Monday, 10am until last entry at 4pm.

Historic Houses members can show up without pre-booking and should simply show their card as normal. They should be prepared to answer a few questions for COVID-19 track and trace.

All other visitors are encouraged to prebook on the Inveraray Castle website.

We have a dedicated COVID-19 page on our website and people should always check the Scottish governments latest advice before travelling to Inveraray.

Paxton House


Grounds, gardens, play park, tearoom and toilets al open. There is also a free trail for children to enjoy around the grounds. House unlikely to open this year, but please check their website for updates.

Scone Palace


Scone Palace Gardens and Grounds are currently open Monday to Sunday throughout August as we continue to monitor the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adapt to the changes.

Historic Houses members can arrive for gardens admission without pre-booking and should simply show their card as normal. They should be prepared to answer a few questions for COVID-19 track and trace.

Please note that the Palace has not yet re-opened to the general public for ordinary visiting. A small number of private, pre-booked, guided tours are available, but are not covered by Historic Houses member-access. Palace Tours must be booked online in advance.

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.



At this time, we are planning to open the grounds, walled garden, woodlands, children’s playground and brew house to view.  The maze will be open to one household at a time. The House will remain closed for the moment but we are keeping this under review. The Garden Café will be operating a take away service and lunches and teas may be taken in the Walled Garden. Picnics are welcome in the wider grounds now too.

We will also have a pop-up brewery shop and limited gifts available from the Garden Café. Dogs welcome on leads.

Historic Houses members can show their card at the gate to enter.

Northern Ireland

Montalto Estate

County Down, Northern Ireland

Open Wed - Sun | 10am - 4pm (Last admission 3pm). Tickets valid all day. Tickets required for members and paying customers.


Picton Castle


We are pleased to announce that the gardens will be open from 6th July!

The castle itself will remain closed until further notice, however The Welsh Owl Garden, Maria’s restaurant, and The Mansion of Mystery, along with our 40 acres of beautiful woodland gardens will be open daily for you to enjoy!

The Welsh Owl Garden will be operating a one way system, which all visitors to Picton can access for free!

Mansion of Mystery have procedures in place to ensure the safety of visitors, please see their website for more information and booking details.

Picton Castle Restaurant will be operating a takeaway service, orders can be placed at the restaurant door and collected at the lower door. The tables in the courtyard will be spaced out accordingly.

Our visitor toilets will be open as normal. They will be cleaned twice daily, and we ask that social distancing is observed whilst using these facilities.

Plas Brondanw


Plas Brondanw Gardens and cafe are open again, 10-4, 7 days a week.

There is no need to book tickets in advance. We have a one way system,  follow our directions into the cafe through the gate then the patio doors to pay for admissions. We are encouraging contactless card payments wherever possible please. We will be taking names and telephone numbers/ email addresses for track and trace purposes, which after 30 days will be shredded to ensure Data Protection.


We are not taking bookings at present, we will supply demand as it comes. Our menu is being served to takeaway on or off the premises. There are tables and chairs dotted around the patio and garden or you are welcome to bring picnic blankets. The Orangery is available for up to six people in the same ‘bubble’, but is not suitable for social distancing.

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens


The team at Plas Cadnant are pleased to announce that as of Tuesday 7th of July the gardens will be open to visitors from 12noon to 5pm, while the Tearoom will be temporarily offering a limited takeaway menu for garden visitors. We will be encouraging card payments in the Visitor Centre and Tearoom.

The gardens will be open from 12noon to 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays until the end of August.

There will be social distancing measures in place which we ask all visitors to respect and follow to keep everyone safe. We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully applied for the We’re Good To Go Industry Standard who are satisfied that we are indeed good to go.

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

Before you travel to a property

If you are planning to visit a property that is now open to the public but which neither features on our re-opening page nor makes mention of provision for Historic Houses members on their website, please get in touch with us first before making any journeys. While the circumstances and logistics are indeed still very challenging for member houses, we are currently aware of only one property that has left the member-access scheme (Chatsworth gardens).

If you are asked to pay for your ticket

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.

Your obligations when booking in advance

As you may have seen, many Historic Houses properties have made provision for our members to book free tickets via their websites, allowing for the house to ensure that the number of visitors they receive on any given day is manageable. If you are booking a ticket in advance, it is essential that you inform the property if your circumstances change and you are not then able to visit, so that they can make your place available to someone else.

Remember, not showing up for a pre-booked time will potentially have cost someone else a place, and the house money that they can ill afford to lose in the circumstances.