Visiting Greenway: what you need to know

US Coastguard requisitioned Greenway House during World War Two

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The garden, car park and toilets are now 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 in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

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Arriving at Greenway by car

If you are arriving at Greenway by car, 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. 

You must have a ticket for everyone in the car over 5 but you do not need to book car parking separately. 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.

We have a large car park at Greenway, so there is plenty of space to park away from others.  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.

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Greenway during your visit. 

 

Car parking charges

We are operating a pay and display in our car park where car park charges will apply for non-members: £3 per session. 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. 

 

Arriving at Greenway by river

Visitors arriving at Greenway from the river will also need to book ahead of your visit. If you have been unable to book in advance of your ferry trip, entry to Greenway will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.

Please have your ticket ready to show staff on arrival, either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. Your ticket will be checked 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.

 

By ferry

You can to travel to Greenway by ferry from Dartmouth from Wednesday 8 July onwards. This service along the River Dart departs hourly during the core season, 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 just 30 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.
 
Visit the Greenway Ferry website Ferries to Greenway

By kayak or canoe

If you're a keen canoeist or kayaker, you can paddle up river to Greenway. You can land at the Boathouse for free and use the mooring rings installed there. In addition to booking your admission tickets online you'll need to let us know if you plan in mooring in advance, as we can only accomodate a certain number of kayaks, canoes or paddleboards at any one time.

Just give us a call on 01803 842383 or drop us an email to greenway@nationaltrust.org.uk and we'll send you all the safety information. 

 

Other ways to get to Greenway

Please be aware that there are no steam trains or busses operating for the rest of 2020. 

Travelling to Greenway on foot

Visitors arriving at Greenway by foot will also need to book ahead of 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).

On arrival 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. Your ticket will be checked 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 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. 

 

What's open?

The garden, car park and toilets will be open. To ensure the safety of visitors, the house, shop and café remain closed until further notice. We’re working hard to get these open as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the garden, there is no designated route to follow, and everything will be open apart from one short path between the battery and camellia garden, which will be cordoned off due to the rocky and narrow nature of the path. The Boathouse Saloon will also remain closed, but the Boathouse quay will be open.

 

Bringing your dog

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

 

Accessibility

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.

We are sorry but we are unable to offer mobility scooters or a buggy service at this time. 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.

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

 

Exploring the garden

The garden is looking lovely, but it won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing it. We’ve 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 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 the garden has to offer.

 

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.

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 Greenway (6 July - 12 July)

Wed 08 Jul 2020
10:30-11:00
Book your timed entry to visit Greenway
The Rill Garden at Coleton Fishacre, flowering in the summer

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.