Facilities & access


  • Free parking at main entrance. 15 minute walk to house
  • Tea-room and shop are by the house (so accessible to members and ticket-holders only)
  • Shop - gift range includes local produce, books and cards
  • Plant sales - including many plants found in the garden
  • Tea-room - serving homemade food made using local produce
  • Tea garden - next to tea-room, with kiosk for drinks and snacks
  • Toilet facilities at car park and near house
  • Dogs - only in dog-walking area next to main car park
  • Coach parties (booked in advance) welcome March to October, except weekends and bank holidays please check opening days/times
  • Bicycles can be locked to railings in the car park (at your own risk), but can't be taken into the park or garden

Family & children

  • Baby-changing facilities at car park and near house
  • Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan in the house
  • Free children's quizzes and trails in the house
  • Activity days and guided trails for families - please see our events page for details
  • Children's park activity packs available from reception (£5 refundable deposit)


  • Disabled parking in main car park. A wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus from car park to house, garden, tea-room and shop operates when house/basement is open
  • Adapted toilets in visitor car park and near the house
  • Braille and large print guides
  • Five wheelchairs available to borrow - please ask at reception
  • House - 11 steps to main entrance. Alternative step-free/wheelchair access to ground and basement levels. Electric wheelchairs aren't admitted to house due to fragile floors. Ground floor has uneven flooring. First floor accessible by stairs only
  • Garden - many accessible routes, some steep slopes. Cobbled courtyard and gravel paths
  • Park - generally unsuitable for wheelchairs due to rugged, uneven terrain and steep slopes