What to expect when visiting Longshaw

The winter weather can be unpredictable! Be sure to plan your day out before you leave home.

Welcome to Longshaw! Plan your visit and be in the know before you go.

Parking and arrival

There are three National Trust car parks across the Longshaw Estate: Woodcroft (main car park), Haywood and Wooden Pole. If you are not a National Trust member the charge in our car parks is £4.50 for 4 hours and £6 for over 4 hours. You can pay by phone, with cash, or when the Welcome Building is open, you can pay by card. National Trust members can park for free but please remember to bring your cards with you to scan at the machines and then display a ticket in your car window.

Other car parks in the area such as Curbar Gap, Shillito Wood and Birchen Edge are looked after by the team at Eastern Moors but National Trust members can park there for free as part of our partnership with them. 

There is no need to book your car parking space but please be aware that spaces can become very limited by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Please park safely and responsibly and only park in designated car park spaces and not on roads or grass verges. All access points and roads must be kept clear for farm tenants and the emergency services. It is always best to have alternative car parks and quieter locations to explore planned, as this area is very popular and can get busy very quickly. 

Many of our car parks across the Peak District are open from 8:30am until dusk but we do not allow any overnight parking. There may be some occasions where our car parks are locked early or closed for the day, this is normally due to snow/ice, high winds or when maintenance needs to be carried out on the car park.

We do not accept any liability for any theft or damage incurred whilst parking in our car parks. In an emergency please call 999.

The vital funds raised in our car parks help to directly support our conservation work across the Peak District, from planting trees that help to tackle climate change, to increasing the diversity in wildflower meadows. For more FAQs around parking across National Trust sites, please visit our central page here.


The Longshaw Cafe is open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week. Please check our main Longshaw webpage and social media channels for cafe updates. Our toilets are located behind the cafe. We are now accepting cash but card payments are preferred. 

Toilets are open when the cafe is and are closed for cleaning twice daily - please keep your distance and allow our staff time to do this.

Welcome Building

Our Welcome Building is usually open from around 10am until 2pm. Our welcome team is there to help you plan your day and answer any questions you might have.

For more FAQs around Food and Drink outlets please visit our central page here. 

The Book Den

Just off our Woodcroft car park you will find our cosy Book Den where you can discover a new read that helps look after Longshaw for nature and for people. The book shop is open every day from 10am until 2pm for a shelf full of new stories, recipes and history. 

Mobile phone signal

Mobile phone signal is non-existent in many areas of the Peak District National Park. If you use your phone for maps and information, please make sure to download this to your phone or take photos/screenshots of all the things you need before setting off - that way you can be prepared for your local form of daily exercise. If you are a solo explorer, always make sure a friend or family member knows where you are going.