Group visits at Bateman's

Group of ladies on tours Bateman's East Sussex

Rudyard Kipling loved this place; it was his personal paradise, and somewhere he could enjoy family life. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with mullioned windows, pretty secluded garden and acres of countryside, provided a tranquil sanctuary. The atmospheric oak-beamed rooms remain much as he left them. Outside, winding paths take in manicured lawns, a wildflower meadow and Kipling’s 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, while beside the river sits a 13th-century watermill.

Group visits to Bateman's

Rudyard Kipling's family home, set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, is a great place to bring your group.

The house is open 363 days a year, closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Opening hours are:


  • 1 Jan - 1 Mar; 11am - 4pm*
  • 2 Mar - 27 Oct; 11am - 5pm**
  • 28 Oct - 31 Dec; 11am - 4pm***

* Entry to the house is by guided tour only. Tours hourly from 10.30am to 3.30pm, with extra tours as required at 12.00 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Last entry is on 3.30pm tour.

**Last entry to the house is at 4.30pm

*** Entry to the house is by guided tour only during November, January and February. We revert to free flow entry to the house during our Christmas event in December.

Garden, shop and tea room

  • 1 Jan - 15 Feb; 10am - 4pm*
  • 16 Feb - 27 Oct; 10 - 5pm**
  • 28 Oct - 31 Dec; 10am - 4pm*

*Last entry to the property is 3.30pm

**Last entry to the property is at 4.30pm

Pre-booked groups of 15+ are charged at our group rate:

  • Adults, £10.90
  • Children (aged 5-18 years), £5.45
  • Children under 5, Free

Group visits are not permitted on Sundays, Bank Holiday weekends or on Saturdays between March and October.

Bateman's in the sunshine
Bateman's East Sussex National Trust
Bateman's in the sunshine

Coach visits

We have parking for 2 coaches, 20 yards from visitor reception. The car park has an uneven surface in the parking area, a short distance from a tarmaced path down to visitor reception.

The average duration recommended for a visit is 3 hours. Bookings will be scheduled to allow for 2 groups in the morning and 2 groups in the afternoon. We can offer specialist talks and garden tours to compliment your visit, subject to staff and volunteer availability. These talks and tours incur an additional cost. Please enquire on booking if you would like to consider this offer.

Our tea room

Our Mulberry tea room is self-service and is licensed to sell alcohol. There are 52 covers within the tea room with a further 100 covers available outside in and around the Mulberry garden area. We regret that the area is too small to accommodate groups at reserved tables in the summer.

The tea room is the perfect spot to stop off and enjoy a delicious snack, light lunch or a traditional National Trust cream tea.

Picnics are permitted in the garden and across the estate. Picnic rugs are available to borrow from the tea room for use in the Mulberry garden area only.

A beautiful array of colour
A garden of flowers
A beautiful array of colour

National Trust shopping

Our Oast House shop has a wide range of National Trust gifts and souvenirs to take home as a momento of your visit. Set in the oast house beside the main house, the shop has some unusual display areas housing all sorts of Kipling themed treasures including some of Kipling's most famous storybooks, recently re-published by Macmillan.

Look out also for our display of plants grown here, potted up ready for your group members to take home and add to their own garden.

Travelling from London

Bateman's is approximately 1½ - 2 hours journey from the City of London. The best route is via the A2, M25 and then onto the A21.

Book a visit

If you'd like to book a visit with your group, then please e-mail or call 01580 831326. Our groups booking line is manned on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays and Thursdays you will be able to leave a message on our answerphone which will be responded to as soon as possible.

Bateman's Group Information Pack 2019 (PDF / 4.4MB) download

We look forward to welcoming you to Bateman's soon.