What to expect when visiting Canons Ashby

Flowering borders in the Green Court

We’re so pleased to welcome visitors back to Canons Ashby. We're opening up as many areas as possible for you to enjoy, so please check back here for the latest when visiting during summertime.

Staying safe

The safety of our visitors remains our top priority. Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.

Parking and arrival

Please park in the main visitor car park and head towards Visitor Reception. Entry to the house on busy days is by timed ticket; please check at reception upon arrival for details.

Our access buggy is available upon request if you have mobility issues. Please ask upon arrival if you require this service.

It is advised that a visit slot is 2 hours long. Thank you for keeping to your time slot so that everyone may enjoy Canons Ashby with plenty of space.

Please note, a ticket to the house is on a first come first served basis on arrival at reception, and last entrance for the house is at 3.30pm, so please allow plenty of time if you want to include this area as part of your visit. 


This is a historical site which was built with steps and a terraced garden. If you want to know about access to the site please return the homepage here and click "facilities and access" near the top of the page. There is a downloadable document at the bottom of this list with much fuller details.

What’s open?

The terraced gardens at Canons Ashby are rare Baroque survivals
The terraced gardens at Canons Ashby
The terraced gardens at Canons Ashby are rare Baroque survivals

You can explore the outdoor green spaces, and venture into the Coach House Shop to have a broswe of the latest gifts and souvenirs. The Stables Tea-room is open for light lunches and a range of drinks and snacks. There is seating inside and out, and take-away options are available. Both are open between 10.30am - 4.30pm. 

Every penny of profit from the tea-room and shop stays here to look after Canons Ashby. Thank you for your continued support. 

The parkland has sheep and sometimes cows grazing in it, so please keep dogs on a short lead at all times. Look out for birds in the trees or flying overhead: we have plenty of interesting species to spot.

If you have little ones, explore the Spinney or the Wild Play corner. Any other trails or activities will be advertised at Visitor Reception.

Treat yourself to something tasty
Child enjoying a scone with jam and cream
Treat yourself to something tasty

The House 

The house is open between 11.30am – last entry at 3.30pm closing at 4pm. Entry to the house on busy days is by timed ticket; please check at reception upon arrival for details. The main historic showrooms will be open to enjoy. 

The second-hand bookshop is now open (times may vary). Housed in the old Brewhouse where beer would have been brewed, the room has interesting historical features as well as a great selection of books. We are now accepting small book donations at pre-arranged times. If you would like to donate some books for our second-hand bookshop, up to 2 carrier bags maximum, please email us at canonsashby@nationaltrust.org.uk to arrange a time to drop them off.

Every story you buy or donate, helps us tell the next chapter of Canons Ashby’s story. Thank you. 

The church remains closed. Please check back here for updates.

Welcome back!