What to expect on your visit

A family walking in front of East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

We are reopening the gardens for local visitors to enjoy. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting us during the coronavirus outbreak to help you enjoy nature on your doorstep this spring. Thank you for your support in helping us make this a safe experience for everyone.

What is open at East Riddlesden Hall?

The gardens at East Riddlesden Hall will open from Monday 15 March. We will be open 10:30am until 4:30pm, 5 days a week, closed on Thursdays and Fridays. 

The tea-room will also be open, offering a selection of takeaway drinks and yummy cakes for you to enjoy. For the time being, we won’t have any seating available for the tea-room. 

The toilets will be open, with safety measures in place.

Visitors can also access the lower fields and enjoy a walk in the open spaces 7 days a week. 

In line with government guidance, the house and the great barn will remain closed.

Do I need to book to visit East Riddlesden Hall?  

You no longer need to book your visit in advance, however we will be monitoring numbers onsite and you might need to come back another time if we have reached capacity and the carpark is full.

Please respect social distancing and safety measures on your visit. 

What measures are in place during the coronavirus outbreak? 

During the coronavirus outbreak, we are asking everyone to stay local and enjoy the countryside on their doorstep. 

We have introduced extra cleaning measures for touchpoints and toilets and we also ask visitors to wear masks when using any indoor spaces, such as the toilet block.

The tea-room will be open for takeaway service and we’re asking visitors to use card payments only. 

Please respect the latest government guidelines and observe social distancing on your visit. 

Where can I park? 

The main visitor car park is open. There is no additional charge for the car park. 

How much does it cost to visit the gardens at East Riddlesden Hall? 

National Trust members can visit for free. For non-members prices are as follows: 

Adults £5 / Children £2.50 / Family 2 adults £12.50 and family 1 adult £7.50. 

Are there any toilets available? 

The toilet block is open, with safety measures in place. We are asking visitors to wear masks in the toilet block, which will be one-in-one-out. 

Are any refreshments available? 

The tea-room will be open from 10:30am – 4pm, serving a selection of takeaway drinks, snacks, cakes and ice cream. Card payments only please.

There are picnic tables on the lower fields and benches in the gardens. From 12 April, there will be some picnic tables outside the tea-room. 

Are there any play areas at East Riddlesden Hall? 

The Discovery Garden and the Bird Hide are open. Please maintain social distancing when using these areas in order to help keep everyone safe.  

During lockdown, we had to remove our children’s play area as it was no longer safe. We are in the process of redeveloping this area for the summer and will be adding some wild play to the lower fields for families to enjoy.

Is East Riddlesden Hall pram friendly? 

The path around the gardens is mostly suitable for prams, please take care in the narrow spaces. 

Can I bring my dog?

You can bring your four-legged friend with you for a walk on the lower fields, however dogs aren't allowed in the formal garden. 

On the lower fields and riverside walk, please keep dogs under close control to help us care for wildlife. From time to time, livestock will be present in the fields. Please help us care for this special place and remove any waste by using the bins provided or taking it home with you. 

Social distancing guidance 

During the coronavirus outbreak, we are asking everyone to stick to the government guidance to help keep everyone safe. 

Keeping our visitors, staff and volunteers safe is our priority. If we can't do that, we won't be able to keep the outdoor spaces at East Riddlesden Hall open. 

Please stay local and respect social distancing. When moving around the gardens, please keep to the 2m social distancing rules. 

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.