What to expect from your visit to Dudmaston

Dudmaston summer family garden

Find out what's open and and what to expect when you visit Dudmaston. On weekdays, you don't need to book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, bookings is recommended to guarantee entry. Our countryside spaces and car parks in Comer Woods, Hampton Loade and the Sawmill are open every day and you don't need to book to visit these car parks.

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What's open?

Garden, Dingle and Big Pool walks

On a visit to Dudmaston, you can enjoy the garden and a walk around the Dingle and Big Pool. Dogs are welcome everywhere apart from the garden. Please keep them on a lead for your entire visit.

The Galleries 

Come and explore the art collections and exhibitions in the Galleries at Dudmaston Hall. Entry to the galleries is by timed ticket. Please note, if you've pre-booked entry tickets to the property, this does not automatically guarantee you entry to the Galleries. You'll need to collect entry tickets to the Galleries from reception when you arrive. 

New for 2021

Inside the Galleries and across the grounds, 'Art meets nature' is a new exhibition which celebrates the work of Wolverhampton artist, Anthony Twentyman.

Bookshop

The Clocktower Bookshop has reopened and relocated to the Stable Courtyard. There's more space inside and many more second hand books to browse. You'll need to wear a mask when you come inside, so please bring one with you.

Help us to keep our book shelves stocked. If you've got some books you'd like to donate, please speak to a member of the Welcome team at reception. 

Food and drink

The Orchard Tea-room is serving takeaway hot and cold drinks and a limited selection of sweet and savoury snacks. There is plenty of outdoor seating in the orchard near the tea-room. You'll find the toilets next to the tea-room in the orchard.

What's closed?

Playgrounds

The children's playground at Dudmaston Hall is closed and there are no plans to reopen it soon. The natural play area in Comer Woods is open daily. You'll find it near Heath Meadow, off the Explorer trail. 

We're working hard to reopen parts of the property when it's safe and sensible for us to do so.

For the time being, these areas are closed:

  • Historic rooms at Dudmaston Hall

Plan your visit

We're welcoming walk-ins, where capacity allows. We've usually got plenty of space in the week and often on Sunday afternoons. If you're passing, please pop in or phone us on 01746 780866 to check our capacity.   

Booking tickets in advance is recommended for busier periods like school holidays. You can check availability and book tickets here. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay at the time of booking.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only 
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot. 

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. 

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

Parking and arrival at Dudmaston Hall

Please have your booking confirmation and membership cards to hand when you arrive. You'll need to show these to the member of staff at reception. Once you've parked make your way on foot to Visitor Reception.

  • Please wear a face covering when you walk through Visitor Reception - you'll also need to wear one in all indoor spaces across the site (unless exempt).

Collect a map at the entrance or view and download it before your visit. There is a one way system in place across the property. Use the map and signage to guide your route.

Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time. 

Opening times

Parts of the property open and close on different days and at different times.

Check the property opening arrangements here before you plan or pre-book your visit. 

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

There's hand sanitiser at the entrance and outside the toilets and tea-room. In line with government guidance, you'll need to wear a face covering in most enclosed, indoor spaces across the property. Please bring one with you.

The clocktower at Dudmaston
Visitors walking to the Clocktower at Dudmaston in Shropshire
The clocktower at Dudmaston

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Accessibility

For accessible parking, ask the member of staff in the car park to direct you to a designated space.

Read our full access statement for more information about accessibility at Dudmaston. 

The Powered Mobility Vechile (PMV) is available for hire. Please email dudmaston@nationaltrust.org.uk, 24 hours before your visit, with your name, date and booked timeslot to reserve. The PMV is thoroughly sanitised before and after the hire period.

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome in the orchard and on the Dingle and Big Pool walks at Dudmaston. Dogs are not allowed in the garden or indoor spaces, apart from assistance dogs.

To explore off lead, pay a visit to Comer Woods and enjoy the woodland at your own pace. Parking is free for National Trust members and you don't need to book your visit.

dog walking, woodland

Visiting Dudmaston with your dog

It's great to see dogs and dog lovers enjoying the estate so bring your pooch along and explore the walks.

Countryside car parks

Enjoy a walk around the surrounding countryside at Dudmaston by starting from our car parks in Comer Woods, Hampton Loade or the Sawmill. Parking is free for National Trust members and you don't need to book to visit these car parks. 

Toilets and refreshments in Comer Woods

The Cafe in Comer Woods is open daily near the barns in Heath Meadow. We're serving hot and cold drinks, wrapped bakes, snacks and soft scoop ice-cream. 

Check opening times here before you visit.  

Stop for refreshments at the Café in Comer Woods
Cafe in Comer Woods on the Dudmaston Estate near Bridgnorth in Shropshire
Stop for refreshments at the Café in Comer Woods

Toilets and hand washing facilities are open every day in Comer Woods. You'll find them in Heath Meadow, close to the Shepherd's Hut.

The natural play area is open in Comer Woods. It's a short walk out of Heath Meadow, just off the Explorer trail.

Explore the Natural Play area in Comer Woods
The natural play area in Comer Woods at Dudmaston
Explore the Natural Play area in Comer Woods