Visiting Flatford: What you need to know

Bridge Cottage, Flatford

Our countryside space, car park, toilets, tea room and shop have now reopened. To ensure everyone can visit safely, we've made a few changes. Take a few moments to plan your visit here.

Plan your visit

The Granary at Flatford

Visiting Flatford

You don't need to book a space in our car park to visit Flatford. However, we are limiting the capacity of the car park to ensure we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. On sunny weekend days, our peak visit times are between 11am - 2pm. If the car park is full, please come back at another time.



Our toilets, including accessible and baby changing facilities are open . The fields beside the river at Flatford are not owned by the National Trust and access is limited to the public footpath. Please take your litter home with you. BBQs and camping stoves are not permitted, as these can create a fire hazard and harm farm animals and wildlife.

'Please keep 2 metres apart' signage in the gardens

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. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in all enclosed areas. Please bring one with you, unless exempt.

Flatford Lock

Walking at Flatford

Our walking routes are fully open - please follow social distancing guidelines. Please note that Fen Bridge, which crosses the river Stour between Flatford and Dedham, is currently closed because of structural problems. However, the walk to Dedham beside the river is still open. Fen Bridge is owned and managed by Suffolk County Council, so please contact them for further information about this closure. Please can we politely request that people do not cycle on the footpaths at Flatford.

Picnic benches outside by the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

Flatford Tea Room

Our tea room is open, serving a range of hot and cold drinks, hot and cold snacks and light meals. Our outdoor and indoor seating areas are now also accessible. Please check our opening times for current information. We look forward to welcoming you back and thank you for your support, which helps us care for Flatford.

A couple walk their dog over the bridge at Flatford, at sunset


You are most welcome to bring your dog for a walk at Flatford. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times as there are grazing livestock and ground nesting birds in the area.

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Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.