Visiting Barrington Court: what you need to know
We're getting back to normal at Barrington Court: the garden, parkland, car park, takeaway kiosk, shop, book barn and toilets are now open. To ensure everyone's safety, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and it's best 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.
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. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission.
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 may be a one-way route round parts of the garden and estate. 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.
The garden, parkland, car park and toilets are open 10am-5pm, the takeaway kiosk 11am-4pm and the shop Wed-Sun 11am-4pm. The house and restaurant remain closed. We’re working hard to get these open as soon as it is safe to do so.
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.
Cancelling your visit
If you've booked a ticket but can't make it, we'd really appreciate it if you can cancel your ticket. It just takes a couple of clicks, and means someone else can visit in your place.