Visiting Barrington Court: what you need to know
The garden and takeaway kiosk at Barrington Court are open. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local.
What's open and how to book
The garden, parkland, takeaway kiosk (limited offer) and toilets are normally open daily from 10am to 5pm.
The shop is due to reopen on 26 April and will be open daily from 11am to 5pm.
You'll need to pre-book your visit to guarantee admission, especially at busier times. Booking provides access to the property, including the car park.
- 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.
- 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 tickets for visits the following week and booking ends the day before your visit.
Changing your booking
If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors.
If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary.
For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.
Arrival and parking
Please have your booked ticket ready to show our staff, either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card.
If you are arriving by car, you'll be asked to show these through your vehicle window before parking. Those arriving on foot will be checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.
In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee your entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.
Parking is free and it's a 30-yard walk from the car park to the gardens. There is designated mobility parking in main car park, which is gravel. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to loan any wheelchairs or operate the transfer vehicle.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. To ensure that social distance is maintained there is a one-way route in the Kitchen Garden as some of the paths are quite narrow. Look out for signs while you’re here, which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.
Please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. 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.
Please bring a face covering
In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.
How long can I spend here?
There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Barrington Court during your visit.
Our kiosk is open and is serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We are also only accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.
Can I bring a dog?
Dogs are not allowed in the formal garden except for assistance dogs, but are welcome on leads around the estate.
Dog bins can be found in strategic positions, so please make use of them.
• Accessible toilet and baby change facilities available.
• The route to the formal gardens is step free. Path surfaces around the wider estate include brick, tarmac and grass.
• The formal gardens have brick paths that are accessible for wheelchairs, albeit bumpy and uneven in places.
Exploring the garden
The garden is looking lovely, but it won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing it. We’ve had just our head gardener in the property 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 garden isn't perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting (like many of us). You might spot some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our garden has to offer. Long grass and wild flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies, and wild creatures such as stoats and deer have been much braver in visiting the garden during lockdown.
Gardeners will be working in the garden, please respect the social distancing guidelines around them and be aware that at times some areas may be closed for maintenance and to give the team space to work.
There will be no talks, tours, or opportunities for questions or advice at this time.