Plan your visit to Mottisfont

Looking across a frosty lawn to Mottisfont house and the great plane tree

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). 

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.  

You can explore the gardens at your own pace or try one of our free daily guided walks and talks.  

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.

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, and always something for families to do, including two ‘wild play’ areas. We host a family-focused exhibition every summer and activity trails in school holidays.

Until Sunday 5 January, our house and grounds are dressed for Christmas:

Good to know

Opening times

Our gardens, cafés, shop and facilities are open at 10am every day, excluding 24 and 25 December. Our house and gallery open at 11am. We close at 5pm from the first Monday in February to the first Sunday in November, and close at 4pm in the winter months. 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.

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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.

Please note: peak prices apply throughout June (rose season), and on bank holidays. Off-peak prices apply every day from 3pm, and when there are limits to our offer (for example, when the house or gallery are closed).

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

There’s free parking for all, with around 400 spaces adjacent to the Welcome Centre. Where possible, we also have overflow field car parking in operation during busy periods such as bank holidays. 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.