Visiting Montacute House: what you need to know

View of the Pavilion in autumn sunshine

The outdoor spaces, house, shop and café at Montacute House are open. You don't need to book your visit in advance.

What's open?

The garden, parkland, and toilets are open daily from 10am to 5pm. The shop opens a little later at 11am and the takeaway café closes slightly earlier at 4.45pm.

The house is open from 11am to 4.30pm, with last entry at 4.00pm. During busy periods you may be asked to pick up a timed entry ticket for the house from the Visitor Welcome team at reception.

The house will be closed on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 December to prepare for some yuletide festivities. We're sorry if it causes any inconveninece, but the rest of the property will be open as usual on those days.

Arrival and parking 

The car park is open till 5.30pm and parking is for the house and garden only. The parkland, Ladies' Walk and St Michael's Hill all remain open and free for you to enjoy local walks; if parking in the village, please park with consideration for residents.

All visitors - arriving either by car on foot, or bicycle (please use available cycle racks) - will need to enter through the reception door from the car park.

Parking is free. There is designated mobility parking in main car park, 40 yards from the entrance. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer wheelchair loan. 

Staying safe

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our priority. Face coverings are recommended in enclosed and crowded areas during your visit. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.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.

How long can I spend here?

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at the property during your visit.   

Food and drink

The café is open. You can get light bites, cakes, sandwiches, crisps, confectionary and drinks. 

Can I bring a dog?

Dogs on a lead are allowed in the garden. There are walks aplenty in the parkland (which at the moment cannot be accessed from the car park, but via Back Lane), St Michael's Hill and Ladies' Walk; please be aware of sheep and keep your dog on a lead.

Dog bins can be found in strategic positions, so please make use of them.


There is an accessible toilet by the entrance. Much of the garden is on level ground or has ramped access. Paths are a combination of compacted gravel or stone paving. 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. Earlier this year, we had only our head gardener working, 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 might spot some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our garden has to offer. 

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 are ccurrently no talks, tours, or opportunities for questions or advice at this time.