Car park update
Gunby Hall Estate and Gardens had to close for a few months this year in early spring. This was because the very wet weather meant the parking area was saturated and unsuitable for cars.
We weren’t alone in being impacted by wet weather earlier in the year, as Tattershall Castle, Charlecote Park, Upton House, Croome and other National Trust properties in the Midlands also suffered from waterlogged car parks. At Gunby, the heavy clay soil means that water doesn’t freely drain away as quickly, so it takes that bit longer for the car parking area to recover and that’s why Gunby was closed.
The National Trust is in the process of developing an all-weather car park for Gunby to avoid this issue in future, and many options have been considered over the last few years. We have now identified an appropriate location, and are working closely with conservation advisors, architects, engineers and the local planning authority, to develop a car park that best meets the needs of Gunby and its visitors.
Developing, planning and building a suitable car park involves a lot of complicated components. Drainage, traffic flow, environmental impact, including trees and wildlife, historic setting and landscape, how vehicles and pedestrians interact, accessibility, complying with regulations, obtaining planning permission, and more need to be taken into account. All of these add to the planning time before any construction work can start on site.
We're confident that this investment in Gunby's future will allow many people to enjoy this special place for years to come.
We're currently working with designers to progress Gunby’s car park to a successful conclusion as swiftly as possible. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support, and ask that you check Gunby’s opening times before travelling.
We've put together a list of frequently asked questions: Gunby car park FAQs (PDF / 0.4MB) download