Visiting Emmetts Garden: What to expect

Azaleas at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

We've reopened our gardens at Emmetts Garden and we're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Visitor centre

Emmetts Garden is open daily between 10am and 5pm, last entry at 4.30pm. The car park gates close at 5pm.

We no longer have a booking system in place for visits. You will not be able to book tickets for the gardens in advance.

In very busy periods, we may have to temporarily close our carpark, although we always seek to reopen as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our social media and website for all updates. If you would like to visit us over the holidays, then we would certainly suggest visiting on weekdays, excluding Bank Holidays, for a quieter day.

Pick up a guidebook 

Don't forget to pick up a guidebook from the Visitor Centre or shop on your arrival to guide you on your visit! From reading the history to helping identify what's growing and where, its a fantastic way to learn all about Emmetts Garden as well as a memento to take home too.

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions below, if you require further information please email us at

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I still need to book to visit Emmetts Garden in advance?

As of Monday 19 July 2021, we no longer have a booking system in place for visits. 

Can I bring a picnic?

You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic; there are some picnic benches as well on the meadow that you are welcome to use.

Is the cafe open?

Our Tea Room is open serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, and a range of light lunch options. 

Do I need admission to walk in the bluebell woodland?

Yes, you still need to pay admission or show your membership cards to walk in our woodlands. There is a public footpath that runs through Emmetts Garden and we ask anyone using this who hasn't visited our Visitor Centre to please stay on the public footpath only.

Can I make a booking by speaking to the property directly?

We are unable to make any bookings in advance.