Visiting Godolphin: what you need to know

 Flower borders in summer at Godolphin, Cornwall

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The garden, tea-room and wider estate are open. 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 to the garden in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Arrival and parking 

If you are arriving at Godolphin to visit the garden, please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. You'll asked to show these by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing. 

In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.


Staying safe at Godolphin

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

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. 


What's open?

The garden, tea-room and wider estate are open. You can visit the tea-room and wider estate without booking a ticket.

Visiting with your family

The barefoot trail is closed until further notice, but there is plenty of other family fun to be had. Join us this summer to stretch your legs and spread your wings in the great outdoors. Young explorers can use their senses to explore Godolphin with our self-led trail or why not try a new ‘50 things before you’re 11 ¾’ activity? The garden is full of glorious seasonal colour and buzzing with butterflies and bees.


Bringing a dog?

Dogs on short leads are welcome in the garden. Please manage them appropriately around livestock on the estate and please always pick up after your dog. Dog waste bin located opposite the welcome hut.


  • There is limited access for wheelchairs due to some difficult slopes.
  • Free parking for National Trust members and Blue Badge holders is available at Godolphin. Free parking at Noonvares and Great Work.
  • Godolphin estate has a wheelchair-accessible path near the River Hayle.
  • Full access statement is below, but please note that some parts of this property may be closed on your visit.
  • The tramper is unavailable until further notice.

Exploring the garden

The garden is looking lovely, but it won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing it. We had almost no gardeners in the property for many weeks, while everyone stayed home and stayed safe.

We have a small team in now, but nowhere near what we’re used to, so the garden isn't perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting. There are some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our garden has to offer.

Gardeners will be working in the garden, please respect the social distancing guidelines around them and be aware that at times some areas may be closed for maintenance and to give the team space to work.

There will be no talks, tours, or opportunities for questions or advice at this time.

Booking your tickets

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.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Godolphin (19 Oct - 25 Oct)

Sun 25 Oct 2020
Book your timed entry to visit Godolphin.

Timed entry to Godolphin (26 Oct - 1 Nov)

Mon 26 Oct 2020
Book your timed entry to visit Godolphin.