Visiting The Argory: What you need to know

The Garden at The Argory

Our grounds, gardens, courtyard and cafe are now open for pre-booking. Your visit will include car parking and toilet facilities. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve worked hard to reopen The Argory and we want to keep it open for you, and for everyone, to enjoy. We'll need your help to do so.

How to book

Row of lime trees at The Argory

Please book ahead before visiting

The Argory is open and you’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Bookings open weekly. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked.

Before setting out

Bring your ticket on your phone or as a print out. 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.

You can cancel your visit in advance by telephoning the box office on 0344 249 1895 The centre is open 9am - 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunately we cannot take or cancel bookings at the property. 

Arrival

Your booking offers access by car at the time shown on your ticket. Arriving on time allows us to provide you and everyone with the safest possible experience. Sadly, if you’re more than 10 minutes late for your slot, then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

To manage visitor flow, a one-way entry and exit system is in operation at The Argory so please arrive at the main entrance which will be signposted. The Argory is located 3 miles from the M1. Use the signposted exit from Junction 13 or 14 and follow the brown signs which reference the property. At weekends, access at Bond’s Bridge will be closed.

Staff will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions. We've set up a system to check your ticket and guide you through on arrival. Please have your ticket to hand to show to staff through the car window. Members will also need to show their membership card.

Facilities 

The main car park is open with accessible parking available.

The grounds, gardens, courtyard and cafe are open for you to enjoy. There are two routes to explore, both of which operate a one-way system in place to help keep you safe. We have an accessible toilet with baby change facilities which include sinks for hand washing.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once so the house, shop and play area remain closed.

The Argory features a rose garden with dwarf roses
The Argory features a rose garden with dwarf roses
The Argory features a rose garden with dwarf roses

During your visit

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Our staff will be on hand to guide you. Please follow their instructions. We may need to make some changes to the usual routes but these will be signposted. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. Please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can.

You are welcome to pack a picnic however our cafe is open. As you dine outdoors, please respect other visitors and staff by using bins and taking excess litter home with you.

We're not able to loan wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times.

Following the River walk trail
The River Blackwater
Following the River walk trail

Enjoy!

Above all, enjoy your visit. We are delighted to welcome you back. We are so thankful for your support as we work through these unprecedented times and make this gradual transition a success, so we can get back to offering nature, beauty and history for everyone.

How to book

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

  • 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. 

Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.

Help support key workers

To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.
 

Upcoming events

Timed entry to The Argory (5 August - 9 August)

Sat 08 Aug 2020
11:00-11:30
Book your timed entry to visit The Argory.

Timed entry to The Argory (12 August - 16 August)

Wed 12 Aug 2020
11:00-11:30
Book your timed entry to visit The Argory.
The Argory
The Garden at The Argory
The Argory
River Walk at The Argory
River Walk at The Argory
River Walk at The Argory
Lime Tree walk at The Argory
Lime Tree walk at The Argory
Lime Tree walk at The Argory