What to expect when visiting Canons Ashby
We’re so pleased to welcome visitors back to Canons Ashby. Things might be a little different at the moment as we try to keep everyone safe, so find out what’s going on by reading below. Please remember to book your ticket in advance or you will not be guaranteed admission.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit, and look out for signs which give directions around the site so everyone has plenty of space.
There are hand sanitising stations around the site, please use these where possible.
We clean the toilets regularly through the day, so everything should be clean for you at any time of day.
Please wear face coverings in our indoor areas except whilst eating and drinking.
Parking and arrival
Please park in the main visitor car park and head towards Visitor Reception, sending one member of your group inside to organise your admission. A member of the team will greet you and check you in for the time you booked. Please have your booking confirmation on paper or a digital device, and if you are a member please bring your membership card to be scanned.
Please wear a face covering inside Visitor Reception, and you may be asked for information for contact tracing.
If you have not booked a ticket you may not be able to come in. However, where space is available on weekdays between 12 and 3pm, pre-booking may not always be necessary if we are not fully booked.
Your admission time is admission to the property. If you wish to visit the house (open 11-2.30pm) head up to the courtyard during opening hours. Admission will be via a queuing system, not through timed tickets.
Unfortunately our access buggy is not currently available. If you have concerns about your access needs please contact us before your visit on email@example.com
Whilst you’re here, you can explore the garden, the paddock and the ancient parkland, house as well as picking up a treat from the Tack Room kiosk, or the Coach House shop (Thursday - Monday).
To find out more about visiting the house please click here. It is open every day in October, 11-2.30 last entry, 3pm close. This means you'll need to book a ticket for 2pm or earlier in order to access the house.
You may find that some parts of the garden have grown a little wilder than normal, as during the pandemic we have had fewer people available to keep to our normal routine. This is fantastic for nature! Keep an eye out for the many different species of bees, butterflies and other insects which call this garden home.
The parkland has sheep and cows grazing in it, so please keep dogs on a short lead. Look out for birds in the trees or flying overhead: we have plenty of interesting species to spot.
Why not bring a picnic and picnic blanket and enjoy eating together in the paddock or parkland. (Please no picnics in the formal garden, as normal).
If you have little ones, explore the Spinney or the Wild Play corner. There are also family trails available from Visitor Reception for you to pick up for free.
The house, church, and second-hand bookshop are currently closed.
Shopping and eating
The Tack Room kiosk is open, selling hot and cold drinks, snacks and light lunches, and you can sit in our our indooor or outdoor seating areas.
The Coach House Shop is now open 11-4pm Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), and extra precautions are in place to try to stay safe. You will find gifts, homeware, books and more. Please remember to bring a face covering in order to come into the shop, and please use the hand sanitiser available when you enter and exit the shop.
Every penny of profit from the Coach House Shop and Tack Room stays here to look after Canons Ashby.