Montacute's picnic spots

Visitors in the formal garden at Montacute House

Picnickers are welcome at Montacute House and there are lots of choice spots to discover; whether you want sunshine or shade, or even need some shelter if there is a sudden spot of rain.


Please book ahead before visiting 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The garden, parkland, car park and toilets at Montacute are open. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm on the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. The house, shop, café and book barn remain closed until further notice.

Picnicking at Montacute

The Garden Orchard on the South Drive is one of the less formal areas of the garden, making it ideal for eating picnics and also for a game of hide and seek.

For a peaceful site with views out to the estate the Cedar Lawn is the perfect spot. 

Around the Stables are a number of wooden picnic benches, including some that can accommodate wheelchairs. Should the rain appear, there is also a covered area to retreat to.

Feeling peckish?

Our cafe has reopened and is serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks, including ice cream. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. In line with government guidelines you're required to wear a face covering: please bring one with you. We are also only accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. 

The Elizabethan mansion and partial view of one of the pavilions at Montacute House, Somerset

Visiting Montacute House: what you need to know

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. If you're booking a visit, this article tells you everything you need to know about what's open, how to book and what to expect. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.