Visiting Acorn Bank: Everything you need to know

Acorn Bank Gardens

The gardens, secondhand bookshop, pop-up café and estate at Acorn Bank are open until 31 October. You no longer need to pre-book your visit. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Parking and arrival

You no longer need to pre-book your visit to Acorn Bank. Visitors are free to drop in - please just head to the Shepherd’s Hut at the end of the drive for your ticket or to scan your membership card. 

Staying safe

Face coverings are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area on your visit which is enclosed and crowded like the secondhand bookshop and toilets. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 


The 180-acre woodland and parkland, gardens, secondhand bookshop, pop-up cafe, car park and toilets are open. The watermill is open at weekends and on Bank Holidays, 11am-3pm, until 31 October.
Toilets can be found in the garden courtyard, including a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available for our pop-up cafe which is open most days from 11am. Please remember to clear your own tables if sitting outside and dispose of waste in the bin provided.

Dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens but are very welcome on leads in the woodland and wider estate.


The paths in the garden are uneven in places but we do have a tramper which is available to hire free of charge. It may be available on the day but must be pre-booked to guarantee availability. Please email to book.

Disabled parking is available nearer to the gardens, please just follow the driveway up to the Shepherd's Hut where a member of our Welcome & Service team can direct you to an accessible space.

Essential Companion card
The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Just show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee. If you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions for free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you.