Facilities & access


  • Free parking for 120 cars, 10 metres from entrance kiosk
  • Free council car park for 50 cars in West End Lane, across the Portsmouth Road approximately 125 metres from Claremont
  • Additional free council car park for 30 cars on Portsmouth Road opposite Blackhills, approximately 500 metres from Claremont
  • Hourly 515 bus service stops directly outside entrance gate
  • Toilet facilities available outside the pay barrier in car park, 20 metres from entrance kiosk
  • Cycle racks beside toilet block (bike lock and repair kit available from kiosk in exchange for a deposit)
  • Tuck into a tempting menu of morning pastries, coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas in our recently refurbished café outside the pay barrier, whenever the garden's open
  • Dogs welcome between 1 November and 31 March only (on short leads)

Family & children

  • Baby-changing facilities in the toilet block outside the pay barrier
  • Children's play area and den building inside the pay barrier
  • Thatched Cottage open every day with toys and games (excluding activity weeks)
  • Highchairs, bottle warming facilities and menu for children in the café
  • Free children's maps available from kiosk on request
  • Pushchairs admitted
  • No scooter or bike access into the garden
  • Children's activity weeks with craft workshops and trails during school holidays
  • 9-pins bowling alley behind the amphitheatre, ball available from kiosk in exchange for a deposit


  • Three blue badge parking spaces with level access, 10 metres from kiosk and 20 metres from café
  • Adapted toilet with ramp access in car park, 20 metres from kiosk
  • Ramp access to café and outdoor seating area
  • Two wheelchairs available to borrow at entrance kiosk (pre-booking advisable)
  • Access-for-all path around the circumference of the lake (ask for map at kiosk)
  • Braille guide available from entrance kiosk on request
  • Large print guide printed on request when you book in advance