Visiting Gunby: what to expect on your visit

Sign in the Gunby gardens in Lincolnshire

The gardens and grounds are open for pre-booked visits, along with our car park, the tea-room (for take-away drinks and snacks only), and toilets. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, 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. Please remember that Gunby is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.

The outdoor spaces at Gunby remain open for local visitors to access fresh air and open space for exercise in line with government guidance. This includes the gardens, parkland and walking routes.

The house, gallery and second-hand book shop are closed, but the tea-room offers a limited menu of take-away snacks and drinks. Visits to Gunby are by pre-booked ticket, but if you arrive without tickets you can check with the team in the car park if there's availability for you on the day.

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 (£5 adult, £12.50 family, £2.50 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 one-way route around the gardens. 

One-way garden route for spring 2021
One-way garden route at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire
One-way garden route for spring 2021

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. 

Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 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.

You can enjoy a signposted one-way route around the gardens
Map of the Gunby gardens
You can enjoy a signposted one-way route around the gardens

Staying safe

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

  • Please follow the signposted one-way route around the gardens, starting through the gates at the front of the house
  • You'll wind your way from the front of the house, via the cherry walk to the kitchen garden, walled garden and onto the courtyard where the toilets and tea-room are
  • You can start on the courtyard (to use the toilets or get a take-away from the tea-room), but you'll then need go back on the drive to go through the gates to start your garden walk.
  • Make space, please keep a 2 metre distance from others, including outdoors.

There are sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. You will find hand sanitiser near the tea-room too.

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

In line with government guidance you're required to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces like the tea-room. Please bring one with you. 

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). Please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing while inside. The toilets are all sanitised by our facilities team throughout the day.

The tea-room is open daily (10am to 3pm), serving a take-away only menu of hot and cold drinks, wrapped bakes, crisps and confectionery. Card payments only please. In line with government guidelines you're required to wear a face covering in our tea-room, including when queueing. Please bring one with you. There is no indoor or outdoor tea-room seating in line with government guidance.

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 closed in line with government guidelines. We are unable to take donations of second-hand books during this time. 

The house and Orchard Gallery currently remain closed.

Dogs

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

We ask that:

  • Social distancing is maintained at all times. 
  • 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

And lastly...


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. 

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.
Please bring your tickets with you - either printed off or on a mobile device to show our team on arrival. 
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week (Monday-Sunday).  

Welcome to Gunby Hall and Gardens
Welcome signs at Gunby Hall and Gardens in Lincolnshire
Welcome to Gunby Hall and Gardens