What to expect when you visit Charlecote

Charlecote's fallow deer bucks fight each other during the autumn deer rut

Welcome to Charlecote Park.

There's lots to enjoy in the parkland this autumn and winter. We'll have some work taking place to help us improve your visits, and make Charlecote more energy efficient. Read on to see how this may affect your visit.

Car park improvements and biomass boiler

We're starting work that helps to reinstate part of the original avenue that leads up to the house. Part of this work includes improving our car park to make it suitable for all weathers and reduce erosion. 

When you visit over the autumn and winter, you may be diverted around the car park or have a slightly longer walk to Visitor Reception. Please let us know in advance of your visit, if you have any access needs. The entrance and exit is not changing, but you may see an increase in works vehicles, nosie, and building works on arrival.

We are thrilled to be installing a new biomass boiler over the winter, to help us play our part in tackling climate change. This work will be taking place near the heart of the property. Areas around the Spinney, River Dene, and some of the Outbuildings will be closed. There may also be diversions in place around the toilets and Wood Yard cafe.

Please continue to check social media for all the latest updates before you visit.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlecoteNT 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlecoteNT

Making the most of your visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Charlecote Park. There's lots of parkland to explore all year round. Here are some key points to note before you visit:

  • The house is closed from 1st November until spring/summer 2022 for essential conservation work.
  • The parkland remains open from 9am - 4pm (last admission 3pm) every day of the week (closed 24th & 25th December)
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead at all times as we have livestock throughout the park.
  • The deer usually rut from late September - late November. Please do not apporach them. They are wild animals and full of testoreone at this time of year. With their heads down and their antlers locked in a challenge, a 60 - 80kg buck can move surprisingly fast! Photographing them from a distance, while on the footpaths is the safest place to watch their displays.
  • The toilets by the Gatehouse are open along with the accessible toilet and baby changing facilities.
  • The parkland faces annual weather and climate challenges. Please bring suitable footwear for muddy paths and follow any signage during times of flooding.
  • The Servants' Hall Shop, Wood Yard cafe, and Second-hand Bookshop are all open daily. Please note that the Second-hand Bookshop is not currently accepting book donations.
  • The Outbuildings are open daily, until mid/late November.
  • Please stick to the footpaths and follow all signage to help us look after the parkland wildlife and habitats.
  • Please check social media or the website before you set off for any last minute changes or updates.

Parking and arrival

  • When you arrive, head to our Visitor Reception building in the car park to show your membership cards or purchase a ticket.
  • Last entry is at 3.00pm and the parkland closes at 4.00pm.
  • The car park gates close at 4.30pm.

Staying safe in the parkland

  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you think you have been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.
  • Face coverings are not compulsory but we do encourage you to wear one in any indoors spaces such as the toilets, cafe, house, and outbuildings to keep our staff and volunteers safe. 
  • There's lots of improvement works taking place over the autumn and winter. Please read the a-frames and signage. They will explain any changes and safety guidance.
  • The parkland often experiences weather based challenges over the autumn and winter, with areas becoming very muddy or flooded. Please wear suitable foot wear and stay alert for signage, especially around flooding.
  • Please remain on the footpaths to help our animals feel safe.
  • For your safety, please do not approach the deer. They are wild animals in the middle of their rutting and mating season.
  • Please respect our staff and volunteers - we are working hard to keep Charlecote open and safe for all to enjoy.
  • Please be aware of fading daylights hours during the autumn and winter. There is no outdoor lighting in the parkland or the car park. 

Toilets

  • The Gatehouse toilets are open and regularly cleaned by our staff throughout the day.
  • The accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are also open.
     

House Closed

  • The house is now closed from 1st November until spring/summer 2022 for essential conservation work.
  • The house will remain closed over Christmas this year please visit the House page to find out more information about what's going on behind the scenes!

Outbuildings and Second-hand Bookshop

  • The Outbuildings - including the Laundry, Brewhouse, Carriage Houses and Victorian Kitchen - are all open seven days a week from 10:30am - 4:00pm until mid/late November.
  • The Second-hand Bookshop is open seven days a week from 10:30am - 4:00pm. Please note that we are not currently able to accept book donations. 

Eating and drinking

  • The Wood Yard café is open every day from 9.30am - 4pm.
  • Outside in the Wood Yard and in the parkland, you'll find picnic benches available to sit at, where you can enjoy your takeaway drinks and snacks.
  • Some indoor seating is available in the Wood Yard cafe.
  • The Tea Garden Trailer might also be open on busy days to help ease queues.
  • The Orangery Restaurant is closed.

Shopping

  • The Servants' Hall shop is now open daily from 10:30am - 4:00pm. 
  • Avenue Plants is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am - 4:00pm.

Accessibility

  • There are accessible spaces in the main car park close to the Visitor Reception building.
  • On-site accessible parking is available. Please speak to a member of the team at Visitor Reception when you arrive.
  • We are unable to offer wheelchairs or run our buggy transfer vehicle at the moment. 
  • There are steps leading up to the Servants' Hall Shop. If you require an alternative access route, please ask a member of staff or a volunteer for assistance.

Dogs

Gardens

  • The gardens including Parterre, Long Border path are open. 
  • Green Court is open to walk through.
  • The Woodland Garden is closed.