Visiting Greenway: what you need to know

US Coastguard requisitioned Greenway House during World War Two

The garden and house at Greenway are open. Visits to the house are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect.

 


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Booking your parking

If you are travelling to Greenway by car, you will need to book your parking space in advance here

 

Arriving at Greenway by car

When you arrive, 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 through your vehicle window before parking. 

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.

There is designated accessible parking available, and you are welcome to drop-off at Reception, if required. Otherwise, there is a 10 minute walk down the driveway to the garden entrance. 

If you wish to visit by motorhome, please contact us before your arrival. We have limited spaces for midibuses and motorhomes, and need to be booked in advance. We’re unable to welcome vehicles longer than 5 metres.

We do ask that you arrive within your 30-minute timeslot and limit your stay to three hours for the benefit of other visitors. If you plan to visit the house, please be aware that entry is on a first come, first served basis and not guaranteed on the day of your visit. 

 

Car parking charges

When booking your parking space in advance, please be aware car park charges will apply for non-members: £3 per session. This can be paid online at the time of booking. Free parking for members (please show membership card upon arrival and display car sticker).

Members will just need to scan their membership card in the parking meter to get a free parking ticket, and display that along with their National Trust parking sticker in their car. 

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Arriving at Greenway by river

You can to travel to Greenway by ferry from Dartmouth. This service along the River Dart departs hourly during the core season (April - October), and is the perfect way to find out more about the area whilst you travel to Greenway. 

The ferry will have a limited capacity of passengers to ensure social distancing, and ask all passengers to wear a face covering. Masks will be available to purchase from the Greenway Ferry Company. 

You can book the ferry either online following the link below, or on the day at Greenway Ferry's kiosk in Dartmouth. 

From the village of Dittisham you can travel to Greenway in an open wooden passenger ferry that takes up to 12 people. Ring the bell on the quay to let the ferry know you're there waiting.

Once you arrive at Greenway quay, there is a steep uphill walk through the woodland garden to reach Greenway, which takes between 10-15 minutes. There are some steps leading to the unsurfaced woodland path, but there are plenty of benches to pause at and admire the views. 

 

By kayak or canoe

If you're a keen canoeist or kayaker, you can paddle up river to Greenway and land at Greenway Quay. You'll need to get in touch with the Greenway Ferry Company, which you can do by calling 01803 844010 or drop them an email to ross@greenwayferry.co.uk 

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Other ways to get to Greenway

Please be aware that there are no steam trains or buses currently operating. 

Travelling to Greenway on foot

Visitors arriving at Greenway by foot don't need to pre-book your visit.

  • The Dart Valley Trail takes you from Kingswear to Greenway,
  • The Greenway Walk from Broadsands is a moderate 6 mile walk.
  • A leg of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail runs from Greenway Quay to Brixham.
  • You could also walk to Greenway from Galmpton via Mill Lane, Coombe Lane or Hook Bottom (take a look at the walking trails at the bottom of this page).

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Staying safe at Greenway

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. 

 

 

A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Face coverings

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

 

What's open?

Please note that our opening times change from November. Click here to plan ahead. 

 

Greenway House

The house is open daily until 31 October, from 10.30am with last entry at 4.30pm. Please note that the parking timeslot you have booked is for your arrival to Greenway, and not entry to the house.

If you plan to visit the house, please be aware that visits are limited to ensure social distancing, and entry is on a first come, first served basis. Whilst we hope to give access to everyone wanting to visit the house, we cannot guarantee entry on the day of your visit. 

At times there may be stanchions in place in some of the rooms. For example, you will be able to look into, but not fully enter the rooms.  

External redecoration of Greenway House, Devon

Repainting the house

From Monday 16 August work will begin on painting the exterior of Greenway house. This involves scaffolding and there will be different phases of works continuing into autumn/winter 2021. You may experience some slight disruptions however the house will be open as normal. This redecoration is usually completed every five years but due to the global pandemic, the works had to be postponed until now.

Greenway garden

There are no designated routes to follow and all the paths are open. Wander through the Walled Gardens where the working nursery showcases some of the behind the scenes work of the garden team, or down the woodland paths towards the Boathouse and Battery, with river views.  

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Eating and shopping

 

Bringing your dog 

Dogs are welcome at Greenway; Agatha Christie and her family were big dog lovers, and so are the team of staff and volunteers now. Please keep your dogs on a short lead when in the grounds, and dispose of any waste in the bins provided.

Click here to find out more about bringing your dog to Greenway.

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Accessibility

Arrival

We are sorry but we are unable to offer mobility scooters or a buggy service at this time. There are a minimum of six accessible parking spaces in our main car park. The main car park has hard surface tarmac, and a tarmac path which leads to the main tarmac drive, a 10 minute walk from reception. Drop-off at reception is available.

We are also unable to offer the quay car service from Greenway quay to reception; there is a steep uphill walk through the woodland garden to reach Greenway from the quay, which takes between 10-15 minutes. There are some steps leading to the unsurfaced woodland path, but there are plenty of benches to pause at and admire the views.

 

Facilities

Accessible toilets are available next to reception and the shop (along with baby changing facilities). The facilities located at the rear of Greenway House are currently closed.   

Two manual wheelchairs are available to use free of charge, if you know you will need one please call us in advance on 01803 842382 to book one as they are very popular.

The café is situated just off the main courtyard near reception. There are cobbles leading to the cafe and in the main courtyard. There is level entry to the café. 

In the house

The route through the ground floor of the house is fully accessible. A manual wheelchair will be available in the house upon request.

In the garden

Most of the garden route follows hard-standing paths, but there steep slopes and narrow paths in places. There are benches throughout the garden to offer you places to rest along the way, as well as picnic benches in the walled garden available to use. 

If you have accessibility requirements and need a shorter route around the garden please talk to a member of staff. 

 

Essential Companion card

The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee.

It’s in your name so you can bring whomever you like, but even if you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you. If you’re not a National Trust member, you will still need to pay for your own entry.

To order your pass or card, get in touch:

Call: 0344 800 1895

Email: enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk

Write: National Trust, PO Box 574, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 3FH

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Upcoming events

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Greenway

Sat 04 Dec 2021
11:00-15:30
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Greenway, on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail.
The side view of Coleton Fishacre house in autumn

Visiting Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre, a 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea, is just 5 miles away; perfect to visit before or after your trip to Greenway. Find out about this special place and book ahead before visiting here.