Make the most of your day at Mottisfont

The house at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in the winter

We’re delighted that so many people choose to visit Mottisfont every year – we rely on your support to fund our vital conservation work. But this means we can get busy, especially at weekends, during school holidays or for other special occasions.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy their visit as much as possible. Here are our top tips to help you plan around our busiest periods and make the most of your day.  

When is it best to visit?

We’re open from 10am – 4pm every day (the house and gallery open at 11am). Most of our visitors tend to arrive between 11am and 2pm, which can cause congestion in the car park.

If you arrive at 10am you might find the grounds a little quieter before we start to get more busy from 11am. Or if you arrive after 2pm, there’s still time to enjoy all that Mottisfont has to offer. For paying visitors (entry is free for National Trust members) we offer discounted entry from 2.30pm.

The last entry into the house and gallery is at 3.30pm.

If you have the flexibility, a weekday visit is generally quieter than a weekend, even during school holidays. If you can only visit over the weekend, Saturdays are usually less busy than Sundays.

It's usually quieter on wet weather days, too - so if you're welly-ready and waterproofed, Mottisfont is yours to explore. You can pop into the house or sit down for a hot drink indoors to dodge the worst showers.

Run around in the rain
Run around in the rain at Uppark House, West Sussex
Run around in the rain

Getting here

It’s free to park here. Our main car park has around 400 spaces. It can fill up on busy days - we do have an overflow field carpark with temporary entrance point in operation where possible during busy periods such as bank holidays, although this is not always available.

It's wet and muddy here due to recent conditions - stout footwear or wellies are advised, and please allow extra travel time for roads affected by weather. 

To guarantee a space, particularly during school holidays and bank holiday weekends, we recommend arriving outside of our peak times (11am - 2pm).

There are public transport options available:

  • Mottisfont & Dunbridge station is just over a mile away on foot, across fields and some country roads. Due to winter strike action there are currently fewer services running than normal - please check before you travel.
  • The nearest taxi services are located in Romsey. If you're planning to travel by taxi we recommend pre-booking as there can be a wait.
  • Bike racks are provided at the Welcome Centre for those cycling to us. We’re located just under a mile off cycle route 24 (which runs from Bath to Southampton) or 2 miles off the main route of the Test Way.
  • For walkers, Mottisfont is on the Test Way – you can use either either Stockbridge to the north or Romsey to the south as starting points for a long walk to Mottisfont - both towns are roughly five miles away. Find out more about walking the Test Way via the Hampshire Country Council website.

Keep in touch…

Before you begin your journey, check our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) and website homepage for the most up to date information. If we're expecting to reach full capacity or close the car park, we'll do our best to let you know as soon as possible.

If you need some help orientating yourself when you arrive, just let one of our friendly Visitor Welcome team know. They'll be able to help you navigate and provide information on what's available to do on the day of your visit.