Things to See and Do at Christmas

Beautiful winter vistas and sparkling lights make Claremont a very special place to visit at this time of year.

Days out with the family

Take a break from the hectic high street and spend an atmospheric afternoon recharging yourself in this historic royal landscape. Whether you're looking for a calming wintery walk or a festive-filled family day out this Christmas, Claremont is just the place to be.

The tranquil retreat of Claremont is a wonderful place to relax at any time of year, but when winter arrives, the garden undergoes a magical transformation. As the leaves thin, the low winter sun opens up views across the pleasure grounds, creating the perfect picturesque landscape to get you into the seasonal spirit. 

Claremont is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so it’s an ideal place  to get some fresh air over Christmas. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the lake, or if you’re feeling more energetic (or want the children to run off some steam) head up the hill and take in the full experience of the landscape from the top of the grass amphitheatre.

A white bench looking down on the amphitheatre and lake in the frost

Enjoy a festive family walk 

Claremont's historic landscape garden is just right for both brisk walks and gentle strolls. Routes suitable for pushchairs take you right around the lake, and you can round off your walk at the playground or in the cosy café.

Warm up in the cafe

After a bracing walk around the garden, stop off in Claremont's cosy cafe for a cup of something warming. We serve hot lunches too, with vegetarian options available. Or you can treat yourself to a freshly baked slice of cake. What could be better?

Dog walking at Ashridge Herts in winter

Festive four legged friends

Dogs are allowed in the gardens at Claremont throughout the winter, from October, until April. It's the ideal place for a winter dog walk, especially as you can bring your dog into the tea-room afterwards for a well earned rest whilst you relax with a cup of coffee and a mince pie.

Planning your visit

  • We're open 363 days per year, closing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and reopening on Boxing Day
  • The gates open at 10am and close at 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm 
  • Pushchairs are admitted, but please don't bring your scooter or bike into the garden
  • There is a level pathway around the lake but other paths are very steep. Visitors can borrow an all-terrain Mountain Trike wheelchair (pre-booking advisable/£10 deposit or NT membership card required)
  • The cafe will be on hand serving takeaway hot lunches, soup, hot drinks and festive treats. 

Every visit helps us protect and conserve Claremont Landscape Garden for the future, so throw on your coats and scarves and discover a great place to visit on your doorstep this winter!