Plan your visit to Mottisfont

Daffodils bloom in front of the house at Mottisfont, Hampshire

If you’ve never visited Mottisfont before and aren’t sure what to expect, here’s our guide to making the most of your day.

Mottisfont is a house and gallery set in riverside gardens, open all year round (excluding 24 and 25 December). You don't usually need to book your visit, but it is sometimes required for our busiest periods, such as rose season.

Our gardens are particularly famous for the National Collection of old-fashioned roses, which flower once a year in June.

But there’s plenty to see in all seasons: an innovative Kitchen Garden, carpets of spring bulbs, rich autumn foliage and a colourful, scented winter garden.  

The house pays homage to its last owners, the Russell family, who made Mottisfont their weekend retreat in the 1930s. Maud Russell, a society hostess and patron of the arts, shaped the house we see today. She commissioned Rex Whistler to create an extraordinary drawing room, full of illusions. And there are hints of medieval history here, too.

Please note, the house is closed from 30 May - 3 July inclusive.

The Cellarium offers a glimpse of Mottisfont's priory past
The Cellarium at Mottisfont, Hampshire
The Cellarium offers a glimpse of Mottisfont's priory past

Inspired by Maud’s interest in the arts, we host up to five major exhibitions a year in a top-floor gallery. 

There’s space to run, jump and play for families, and we host a family-focused exhibition every summer and activity trails in school holidays.

Good to know

Opening times

Our gardens, café, shop and facilities are open from 10am-5pm every day, excluding 24 and 25 December. Our house opens from 11am-4.30pm. Last entry to the property and into the house is half an hour before closing.

Our gallery closes for a short period between exhibitions, and we close the house for cleaning before and after Christmas, and in early summer.

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Prices and parking

Our admission prices include the gardens, house, and exhibitions. We’re free for National Trust members, Art Fund members, and under 5s. If you’re visiting with a carer or essential companion, they visit for free.

We normally charge a small fee (£1 - £2.50) for children’s trails in school holidays.   

There’s free parking with around 400 spaces adjacent to the Welcome Centre. There are bike racks available in the car park, next to the Welcome Centre. (Bikes are not permitted within the grounds.)

What to see

Facilities and access

Eating and shopping

A child carrying a trail map through the garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

What's on

We show up to five major exhibitions a year in our spacious top-floor gallery, and there are always activity trails in school holidays for families. We also host seasonal events such as outdoor theatre in summer, and harvest celebrations in autumn.