Visiting Gunby: what you need to know

Garden arch at Gunby

Your pre-booked ticket is for your arrival time to the car park and gardens and secures your entry. The house can't be pre-booked. Saturdays to Wednesdays limited timed tickets for the house are allocated on site on the day of your visit from 11am. The house is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

The gardens and grounds are open, along with our car park, the tea-room (for take-away drinks and snacks), art gallery, second-hand bookshop and toilets. The house (ground floor only) is open Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 2pm. Tickets for the house can be obtained from a gazebo at the front of the house on a 'first come, first served' basis from 11am on the day of your visit. Visits into the house are limited to ensure social distancing and entry 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 from your visit. Please remember that Gunby is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.  

Gunby's grand piano is one of the musical features in the Music Room
The piano in the Music Room at Gunby Hall
Gunby's grand piano is one of the musical features in the Music Room

The House

The house (ground floor only) is open Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 2pm. Tickets for the house can't be pre-booked, but are allocated from 11am on the day from a gazebo near the entrance of the house on a 'first come, first serve' basis. We allow six visitors to enter every ten minutes. You'll follow a one-way route around the ground floor. Starting from the main entrance, finishing at at the side door on the courtyard. We recommend that you wear a mask in the house. Only guidedogs or assistance dogs are allowed in the house. The house is closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Your pre-booked ticket is for the car park, gardens and grounds - not for the house.

Parking and arrival

If arriving by car, please have your pre-booked tickets/booking confirmation to hand and if you're members, your National Trust membership cards to show to the team in the car park.

If you've not pre-booked, check with the team if there's availability for that day. There's no charge for members, but non-members can pay the admission fee (£8 adult, £20 family, £4 child) by contactless card transaction on arrival.

Please park in our all-weather car park
Car park at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire
Please park in our all-weather car park

It's a 500 metre walk on the lime tree lined drive to the start of the gardens. 

If you have special access requirements, talk to the team in the car park and they'll give you more advice about dropping off passengers or parking near the entrance for the gardens.

Click on the link for Gunby's detailed access statement: Gunby access statement spring 2021 (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Enjoy a gentle 500 metre walk from the car park to the garden entrance
Lime tree lined drive at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire
Enjoy a gentle 500 metre walk from the car park to the garden entrance

We are using a booking system for visits to manage the visitor numbers across the site and to spread out arrivals throughout the day. Your arrival slot is for the car park and gardens, not for the house. Admission to the house can't be pre-booked.

Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot. If you’re more than ten minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time when the car park and gates will be locked.

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome for pre-booked visitors, but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.

We help you stay safe at Gunby
Covid signs and hand sanitiser at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire
We help you stay safe at Gunby

We recommend that you wear a face covering in enclosed spaces like the tea-room. 

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.

Facilities

Toilets are available on the courtyard. Baby-change facilities are available on request (ask a member of the team). The toilets are all sanitised by our facilities team throughout the day.

The tea-room is open daily (10am to 3:30pm), serving a take-away menu of hot and cold drinks, wrapped bakes, crisps and confectionery. There some tables and chairs on the courtyard and near the front of the house.

Enjoy some yummy take-away drinks and treats from the Gunby tea-room
Tea-room at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire
Enjoy some yummy take-away drinks and treats from the Gunby tea-room

The second-hand bookshop is open and we gladly receive donations of good quality second-hand books. Orchard Gallery, the former squash court tucked away in the orchard, is open for monthly changing art exhibitions.

Gunby's second-hand bookshop is located in the former Joiners' Workshop
Gunby's second-hand bookshop
Gunby's second-hand bookshop is located in the former Joiners' Workshop

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome throughout the gardens and grounds.

We ask that:

  • Dog poo must be picked up and disposed of in the dog waste bin next to the visitor toilets
  • Dogs must remain on leads in all areas of the gardens and grounds.
Please walk your dog on a short lead in the gardens and grounds
Dog on a lead at Gunby
Please walk your dog on a short lead in the gardens and grounds

The house can't be pre-booked


Your pre-booked ticket is for your arrival time to the car park and gardens and secures your entry. The house can't be pre-booked. Saturdays to Wednesdays limited timed tickets for the house are allocated on site on the day of your visit from 11am. The house is closed on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Planning your visit

You can now visit during quieter times without booking. If you visit without booking, your entry will depend on visitor numbers on that day and staff will advise you on arrival.

To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend booking at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays.

Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance when booking.

How to book:

  • 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 3pm the day before you visit.