Visiting Attingham: What to expect for your visit
The Parkland, Walled Garden and Deer Park are now open for pre-booking, along with our car park, the Carriage House Café (for takeaway drinks and snacks), shop, Field of Play and most toilet facilities. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember that Attingham is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Parking and arrival
Please have your tickets, membership card and booking reference close to hand as you arrive. We've set up a welcome point with our friendly team as you enter the car park, to check your booking and guide you through to park. There are designated Blue Badge spaces available for pre-booked tickets if required. You'll then enter on foot through Visitor Reception, where there'll be another member of staff on hand to greet you and answer any questions. You can downlaod a map with information about one-way routes, what’s open and timings below, or pick one up on arrival.
Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time at 6pm when the car park and back gates will be locked.
Campervans that are used for transport are welcome for pre-booked visitors, but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. There are one-way routes in place along the Mile Walk and Deer Park.
You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. You will find hand sanitiser in the Carriage House Café and Shop.
If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
Toilets - including access and baby change facilities - are available at the Stables Courtyard and the Brewhouse, with queues marked to maintain a safe one in/one out system. The toilets at the Walled Garden and Field of Play are also open. These are sanitised by our facilities team throughout the day.
The Carriage House Café is open in the Stables Courtyard from 9am daily serving hot drinks, cakes, ice cream and light bites. Card payments only please. We have re-instated limited outdoor seating but this is reserved for customers of the café.
There are places to picnic near the Mansion with a few benches for seating. The Bee lawn, Walled Garden and Field of Play also have a limited number of benches.
The Field of Play, located at the top of the Mile Walk, has re-opened as part of a pre-booked visit to Attingham, but things will be a little different to normal. To access the Field of Play you can either follow the longer one-way route along the river walking the Mile Walk and entering the field through the first Field of Play entrance gate, or we have opened access to the wood chip path which runs up to the Field of Play nearer the carpark and provided a shorter route through the Walled Garden 'Repton Gate' to the Field of Play. The wood chip path means a one-way system is in place but doesn't require walking the full Mile Walk route. Please note that the wood chip path may not be suitable for some buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs, please speak to one of the team if you are unsure.
From Thursday 16 July, the new food kiosk which was commissioned last year in response to visitor demand, will serve takeaway barista coffee, teas, hot chocolates, cakes and bakes, ice-cream and savoury snacks and will be open daily from 11am – 4pm. For everyone’s safety at this current time drinks will be served in our takeaway compostable containers which are made from plants.
Our shop and plant sales are open from 10am daily, with social distancing measures in place and a one-way system in operation. Card payments only please.
Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some facilities and areas remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe, but new possibilities are opening up all the time. The Mansion itself, Lord Berwick’s Tea Room at the Mansion and the Grooms’ Rooms Second Hand Bookshop all currently remain closed.
Unfortunately we're not able to offer a buggy service at this time.
We’re piloting the return of Powered Mobility Vehicle (PMV) hire. Trampers/Wheelchairs (subject to availability) can be hired by visitors with pre-booked tickets to visit Attingham by calling Visitor Reception between 10am - 4pm on 01743 708118 no later than 4pm the day before their visit. Trampers/Wheelchairs can be loaned for one of two three-hour sessions on the day of a visit from 10am – 1pm and from 2pm – 5pm. Trampers/wheelchairs will be sanitized by our reception team before and after their return from loan. The timings for loan above take into account time for our team to be able to do this safely. We kindly ask visitors to offer a donation of £5 for help with running costs of the trampers. This can be done by texting the keyword TRUST to: 70515 to donate £5.
Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk. If you feel that a one-way system might increase your distance beyond your comfort, please let our welcome team know.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds and Walled Garden. Assistance dogs only inside buildings. Please use the dog bins for dog waste and the Stables Courtyard bins for normal waste if you cannot take it home with you.
Exploring the Pleasure Grounds and Walled Garden
Our grounds are looking lovely, but they won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing them. We’ve had a limited number of gardeners for many weeks, while everyone stayed home and stayed safe.
We have a small team in now, but nowhere near what we’re used to, so the gardens aren’t perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting. There are some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that the Grounds and Park have to offer.
Please don't bring any BBQs or light any fires during your visit.
Bikes at Attingham
We’re sorry but standard bicycles are not permitted in the Park regardless of the cyclist's age, to keep the Park a safe environment for budding cyclists. We welcome under 5s on trikes, starter bikes with stabilisers, or balance bikes (no pedals), and under 11s on push/kick scooters.
How to book
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
- Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
- You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
- The timeslot is for your arrival time only
- Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
- We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.
Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.
Help support key workers
To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.