Visiting Ickworth: What you need to know

Walking in the summer at Ickworth

Tips for making the most out of your day at Ickworth.

Parking and when you arrive

When you arrive at the Welcome Kiosk you will be asked to wait until a member of staff is free, please stay in your car and unwind your window. Our staff will then ask to see your tickets, take your last name to tick you off their list and ask to see any relevant membership cards. They will let you know what is open that day and where to park. Once you have arrived you are able to enjoy your day and stay until 5pm when the estate closes. 

Staying safe

To keep visitors and staff safe we have implemented a one way system around our toilet block, Plant Centre and Welcome hub, please look out for the additional signage and hygiene stations. You may be asked to vacate an area if it is becoming too crowded, or wait in a queue for the plant centre if needed. It does tend to be busiest around this area near the car park so if you'd prefer to avoid then head straight past Porters Lodge. 

If you are planning on walking / cycling around the River Linnet or Monument Trail we advise you to go one-way around, across the zebra crossing in the car park and past the overflow car park. For any further help, just speak to a member of the team on arrival. 

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.

Facilities

When you visit we have our car park toilets open, our Plant and Garden Shop, our outdoor Cafe and outdoor seating for takeaways only. Unfortunately we cannot open our children's playarea, House or West Wing as yet. 

Accessibility

We do not have our volunteer-run Buggy running, however you can pre-book one of our two mobility scooters on a first-come first-served basis. Please call the team before your visit on 01284736140

 

 

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.