Visiting Lytes Cary Manor: what you need to know
The garden and takeaway kiosk at Lytes Cary Manor are open. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local.
The garden, parkland, takeaway kiosk, car park and toilets are open daily from 10am to 5pm. The house, chapel and tea-room are closed.
The book barn is due to reopen on 19 April.
You'll need to book your visit in advance to guarantee admission. Booking provides access to the property, including the car park.
Arrival and parking
Please have your booked ticket ready to show our staff, either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card.
If you are arriving by car, you'll be asked to show these through your vehicle window before parking. Those arriving on foot will be checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.
In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee your entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.
Parking is free. There is designated mobility parking in the main car park, which is gravel.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. To ensure that social distance is maintained we have set up a one-way route round the garden. 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 social distancing and government guidance when you visit. 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.
Please bring a face covering
In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.
How long can I spend here?
There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Lytes Cary Manor during your visit.
Can I bring a dog?
Dogs are not allowed in the garden except for assistance dogs, but there are three waymarked walks in the surrounding countryside.
Dog bins can be found in strategic positions on the estate and in the car park, so please make use of them.
• The toilet is wheelchair accessible
• The garden has slopes, and paths are uneven and narrow with loose gravel
You will find the full access statement in the Facilities and Assess section of the website.
Exploring the garden
The garden is looking lovely, but it won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing it. We’ve had just one gardener in the property for many weeks, while everyone stayed home and stayed safe.
We have a small team in now, but nowhere near what we’re used to, so the garden isn't perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting (like many of us). You may spot some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our garden has to offer. Long grass and wild flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies!
Gardeners will be working in the garden, please respect the social distancing guidelines around them and be aware that at times some areas may be closed for maintenance and to give the team space to work.
There will be no talks, tours, or opportunities for questions or advice at this time.
Cancelling your visit
If you've booked a ticket but can't make it, we'd really appreciate it if you can cancel your ticket. It just takes a couple of clicks, and means someone else can visit in your place.