Facilities & access


  • Restaurant - serving lunches and snacks using local seasonal produce including the day's harvest
  • Ice creams and water available from the shop
  • Shop and plant centre with many local products
  • Free parking, 100 yards
  • Coaches must come via A19 and use coach entrance. No coach access from the west via Aldwark toll bridge
  • Large vehicles including camper vans follow coach guidance
  • Suitable for school groups - Learning Centre and live interpretation (Victorian below stairs and Georgian costumes)
  • Dogs are welcome in the parkland on a lead
  • Assistance dogs only in the gardens

Family & children

  • Recently extended wilderness play area, including large fort
  • Family art workshops linked to the portraits in the house and other craft activities
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Hip-carrying infant seats for loan in the hall
  • Play trails around the garden and seasonal activities throughout the year
  • Toys available to enjoy on the south lawn and play room on the top floor
  • Interactive play galleries in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in the hall including make your own virtual 18th century portrait


  • Accessible parking bays in main car park, 50 yards from reception
  • Lift access to all floors of the house
  • Drop-off point 10 yards from reception available
  • Adapted toilets in stable block and on first floor of the house (accessible by lift)
  • Level, flat paved entrance to reception building. Five wheelchairs available for hire from reception. Step access only with handrail to second floor of stable block reception building. Many steps to house entrance with handrail, or lift access available to all floors from East Courtyard of house
  • Largely accessible grounds - flat, paved paths in stable block courtyard, grass and hard gravel paths throughout the grounds, some steps and cobbles in the laundry courtyard
  • Wheelchairs available for use
  • Scooter available for use in the grounds