Festival of Archaeology: Excavations at Bateman’s

Watch an archaeology team carry out excavations as they hope to shed more light on an enigmatic discovery in the garden.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

As part of the Festival of Archaeology, a team of volunteer archaeologists along with a National Trust Regional Archaeologist will be carrying out excavations in the garden at Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling. Come along and see the excavations in progress and hear the team explain more about their work.

During excavations to replant a pair of Irish Yew trees near the eastern gates in the front garden at Bateman's, the garden team made an unexpected discovery in the form of a large masonry foundation. We’re not sure exactly what the masonry represents yet, or what date it might be so we’re carrying out further digging this summer to find out more. Within the excavation, you’ll be able to see a line of brickwork, and the historic cable which Rudyard Kipling had installed, connecting the bell on the gatepost to the house. The gateposts themselves were constructed in the early 20th century but the masonry we’ve found doesn’t seem to relate to them so may be the remains of something earlier. The archaeology team will be carrying out further excavations to hopefully shed more light on this enigmatic discovery.

27–29 July, drop in any time between 11am–3pm.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00
Family, one adult £19.80 £18.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.40
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.70

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Free entry for National Trust members.

A child ticket is valid for anyone aged 5-17 years old. Under 5's are free.
A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17 years old.

Discounted entry on days when the house is closed. 



The basics

Suitable for all ages.
Meeting point
Meet on the lawn outside the front door to the house.
What to bring and wear
Wear clothing suitable for the weather.
The activity takes place in the garden and includes paths with steps, slopes and varying surfaces. Please see the Facilities and access pages at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans for further information.

Contact Info

Call 01435 882302

Upcoming events

The Glory of the Garden poetry trail

Fri 01 Jul 2022
Discover lines from Kipling’s poem The Glory of the Garden, displayed around the Bateman’s garden.

The Glory of the Garden collection highlights and short films

Fri 01 Jul 2022
Discover garden-themed items from the collection and picture Kipling the writer at Bateman’s.

Mill guides at Park Mill

Sat 02 Jul 2022
Visit the watermill at Bateman’s to be transported to a bygone era.

Quantum Theatre presents: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

Sat 02 Jul 2022
Quantum Theatre are back with an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Poetry Writing Workshop at Bateman’s with Helen Stockton

Thu 07 Jul 2022
Enjoy a day of creative poetry writing at the inspirational home of Rudyard Kipling.

Paint the garden workshop with watercolour artist John Wiltshire 

Sun 10 Jul 2022
Learn how to create your own watercolour painting, in the idyllic landscape of Bateman’s.