What to expect when visiting Canons Ashby

Daisy on the terraces

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 spring.

Staying safe

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. In England and Northern Ireland, wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places.

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.

A recommended visit length is 2 and a half hours for most visitors.

Please note, a ticket to the house is on a first come first served basis on arrival at reception, and latest opening times can be found here. 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 to 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?

Visit in spring to see the reawakening of Canons Ashby's gardens
Daisy on the terraces
Visit in spring to see the reawakening of Canons Ashby's gardens

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. Latest opening times can be found here. 

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 

When the house is open, entry 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 is now open, please check here for times.

Welcome back!