Visiting Charlecote Park: What you need to know

Enjoy beautiful views of Charlecote from the parkland this spring

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open, how to book, and what to expect from your visit.

There are lots of exciting conservation and improvement works taking place at Charlecote Park this year, so we’ve introduced a booking system to help us manage the number of visitors at any one time. This will ensure that those visiting, have a fantastic experience and it helps us to look after this special place for future generations.

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Conservation work taking place
Opening dates and times
Arrival and parking
Toilets
Parkland
House opening
Outbuildings and second-hand bookshop
Gardens
Eating and drinking
Shopping
Accessibility
Dogs
How to book your visit
Changing your booking
 

Things might look a bit messy...

There are lots of conservation and improvement projects taking place across Charlecote this year. It’s all to help look after Charlecote for future generations and we couldn’t do these vital works, without your help. Please bare with us if things might look a bit messy, or the opening of certain spaces are affected while we carry out these works.

  • Refurbishing the Victorian heating system in will stabilise the environmental conditions in the house helping to fight off pests and mould that currently attack the collection. This means the house will only be open on weekends and bank holidays by timed ticket. See below for more details.
  • Car parking spaces may be limited or diversions might be in place while we improve the surfaces in the car park, making it suitable for all weathers and reduce erosion. This work will also help to reinstate part of the original avenue that leads up to the house.
  • A new biomass boiler is being installed to help us play our part in tackling climate change. This may affect the opening of the Wood Yard Café.
  • Updating the fire alarms will help us keep our collection safe. This work may mean some of the buildings in the Service Courtyard are closed for a while.

Please continue to check social media for all the latest updates before you visit.
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Opening dates and times

Charlecote Park is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. The house has different opening hours this year and the handbook is now out of date. Please jump to the House Opening section for more information.

 

Arrival and parking

  • When you arrive at Charlecote Park, please make your way to the red brick Visitor Reception building located in the car park, to check in before entering the parkland. 
  • Parking is free for members and non-members when you visit the parkland.
  • Designated accessible spaces for blue badge holders can be located to the right of the entrance gate, near Visitor Reception.
  • For those with limited mobility, a drop off point closer to the Gatehouse can be organised. Please pop inside Visitor Reception for more details when you arrive.

 

Toilets

  • The nearest toilets on arrival are located next to the Gatehouse.
  • The Gatehouse toilets are open and regularly cleaned by our staff throughout the day.
  • The accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are also open.
  • Face coverings are required in this space if you are able to wear one.
  • Two additional toilets are located to the side of the Orangery, behind the Summerhouse.

 

Parkland

  • The Jacob sheep are heavily pregnant. Please do not chase or feed them.
  • Lambing takes place in the maternity pens in early April, but this is not a public event. We recommend visiting after Easter to see the lambs more easily, when they’re leaping about freely in the spring sunshine, out in the nursery space in Front Park.
  • Four types of free-roaming, fallow deer can be spotted in the parkland. The deer are wild animals and should not be approached, chased or fed. Please keep your distance when photographing them. 
  • Bird species are starting to nest in the parkland. Please only climb fallen logs that are on the ground, as climbing up trees may disturb the birds.
  • Please stay on the footpaths to help protect wildlife habitats that are often just off the pathways, but hidden by vegetation.
  • The spring sunshine might feel warm, but the paths are often still muddy. We recommend good footwear (wellies or walking boots) and follow any flooding or diversion signs to stay safe.

 

House – open on weekends and bank holidays

  • The five downstairs rooms of the house are open in the mornings, on weekends and bank holidays only.
  • Entry to the house is by timed ticket from 10.30am. Last entry is at 12.45pm with the house closing at 1.30pm.
  • Tickets for the house are in 15 minute slots, issued on a first come first serve basis at Visitor Reception.
  • House tickets cannot be prebooked and entry to the house is not included in your pre-booked car park ticket.
  • The house is not open during weekdays due to a huge conservation project that is currently taking place, to refurbish the Victorian heating system.
  • Please be advised that the house is presented very differently this year. Much of the collection has been packed away and the experience inside focuses on the project work taking place – why it’s needed and how it will help look after Charlecote for future generations.
  • If you would like more information about the history of Charlecote, we recommend purchasing a guidebook from the Shop or at Visitor Reception.

 

Outbuildings and Second-hand Bookshop

  • Some of the buildings in the Service Courtyard are closed while work takes place to refurbish the fire alarm systems.
    • Two out of three Carriage Houses are open from 10.30am - 5pm
    • The Victorian Kitchen and Scullery are open from 10.30am - 5pm and lead through to the Servants’ Hall Shop which is also open during these hours.
    • The Laundry, Brewhouse, one Carriage House and Tack Room are currently closed.
  • The Second-hand Bookshop is open seven days a week from 10.30am - 5.00pm.
  • We are now accepting second-hand book donations. Please drop them at Visitor Reception, or hand them to a member of staff when you visit.
  • If you have more than 1 bag of books to donate, please email charlecote.park@nationaltrust.org.uk to organise a time and date to drop off, as our team can help you unload.

 

Gardens

  • The Parterre, the Woodland Garden and Green Court are all open.
  • The Long Border path and Ha-ha are also open. Do take care near the Ha-ha as there is a hidden, steep drop. 
  • Please note that on days where the winds exceed safe speed limits, some of these areas of the gardens will close.

 

Eating and drinking

  • There are three food and beverage outlets at Charlecote Park.
  • While conservation and improvement works take place, the opening hours of these outlets may be affected.
  • One of the three food and beverage spaces - the Wood Yard Café, the Orangery Restaurant, or the Tea Garden Traier - will be open each day so you can enjoy drinks and a bite to eat. Please ask at Visitor Reception when you arrive, which one is open for your visit.
  • You'll find picnic benches available to sit at in the parkland, where you can enjoy your takeaway drinks and snacks, or bring your own picnic and spread out!
  • Some indoor seating is available in the Orangery Restaurant and the Wood Yard Café.
  • The Tea Garden Trailer might also be open on busy days to help ease queues.

 

Shopping

  • The Servants' Hall shop is open every day from 10.30am - 5.00pm. 
  • This shop is located as you head through the Victorian Kitchen and sells a range of eco-conscious, nature-inspired gifts and lifestyle products.
  • The Avenue Plant Centre is open every day from 10.30am - 5.0pm.
  • This shop is located next to Visitor Reception and the car park and sells a range of seasonal plants and gardening equipment.

 

Accessibility

  • There are accessible spaces for blue badger holders 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 at the moment.
  • Our buggy transfer vehicle is currently operating on an ad-hoc basis, as it is supported solely by our volunteers. It transports visitors up and down the main drive, when volunteers are available to operate it.
  • 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.
  • Only assistance dogs are allowed inside historic buildings.

 

Dogs

  • Dogs on leads are welcome on our dog-walking route around the parkland.
    Charlecote Park dog walking leaflet (PDF / 3.5MB) download
  • Please keep your dog on a short lead and keep to the designated dog walking routes.
  • Please pick up after your dog. There are waste bins provided and this will help to look after the wildlife at Charlecote.
  • We have free-roaming sheep and deer across the parkland, and during the spring, they are heavily pregnant. Please keep your dog close by to help them have a stress-free pregnancy, or they could abort early.
  • Please follow the Canine Code found on our dog walking page below.

How to book your visit

Please pre-book your visit with us to guarantee your entry to the parkland. There are several conservation and improvement projects taking place across Charlecote this year, and these may affect your visits. The booking system is in place to help us safely manage visitor numbers while these works take place.

Every Thursday we'll release new bookings and you'll be able to book up to four weeks in advance, or even up to one hour on the day of your visit if a timeslot is available. 

We strongly recommend that you pre-book your car park space to guarantee your entry to Charlecote Park. If you do not pre-book your car park space, we cannot guarantee your entry to Charlecote Park.

Please note that this booking only secures your car park space and does not include entry to the parkland, a ticket to the house, or an Easter trail activity pack. These must be obtained separately when you arrive at Visitor Reception.

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Changing your booking

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary. Or if you can amend your booking on your Digitickets account, which can be created at the time of booking.

For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.