What to expect from your visit to Baddesley Clinton
The parkland, garden and house are now open, along with our car park, kiosk (for takeaway drinks and snacks), shop and toilet facilities. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. 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 dogs on leads welcome in the car park and on public footpaths across the estate, only assistance dogs are allowed in the garden.
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 at the end of the drive just before you enter the car park, to check your booking and welcome you onto site. There are designated Blue Badge spaces available for pre-booked tickets if required. You'll then enter on foot to the left of Visitor Reception, where there'll be another member of staff on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have. You can downlaod a map with information about our one-way route below.
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 5pm.
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 is a one-way route in place throughout the garden with arrows to guide you.
You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. You will find hand sanitiser by the kiosk 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.
Exploring the house
The house has now re-opened for visitors to enjoy, 10am - 4.30pm (last admission to the house at 4pm). There will be a one-way route throughout the house, entry will be via the Scullery in the Courtyard and visitors will have the chance to view the ground floor and first-floor rooms. Catching a glimpse of the 500-year-old priest hide and nineteenth century artist studio, all in a home enjoyed by family until the 1980’s.
Visitors will be asked to queue up in the courtyard in a clearly marked socially distanced queue and will be admitted to the house by a volunteer when it is safe to do so. Hand sanitiser will be available at the house entrance and exit and all visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
Toilets - including access and baby change facilities are available in the barnyard, with queues marked to maintain a safe one in/one out system. These are sanitised by our team throughout the day.
Food and Beverage - the kiosk is open from 9am - 4.30pm daily serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice cream and light bites. Card payments only please. There is some socially distanced indoor seating in the old stables next to the kiosk. You are welcome to have a picnic on the lawn in front of the house.
Retail - Our shop and plant sales are open from 10am - 4.30pm daily, with social distancing measures in place and a one-way system in operation. Card payments only please.
The gardens have some gravel paths and the lakeside walk, woodland and vegetable garden are now surfaced with self-binding gravel which is suitable for wheelchairs but can be uneven in places. The one way route is currently positioned through all of these areas.
During this time, we are unable to provide wheelchair hire
Dogs on leads welcome in the car park and on public footpaths across the estate. Please note many of our walks are dog friendly, however please note only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens.
How to book your visit
We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. 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.
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.