Visiting Mottistone Gardens: What you need to know

The colourful flowers of the double border in Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight in July

Our gardens are now open. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and we ask that you book your visit in advance, when possible. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. 

Parking and when you arrive

Our car park at Mottistone is open as normal. Once you arrive at the gardens, if you have one, please have your ticket to hand to show to staff at the entrance. Members will also need to show their membership card.

Please be aware that if you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. There is no limit on how long you can spend in the gardens.

Staying safe

To help with social distancing, we are operating a one-way system in some parts of the gardens. There is also a ‘one in, one out’ system in place for the toilets.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

Keeping you safe at Mottistone Gardens
Staff member putting put a one way system sign in the gardens at Mottistone, Isle of Wight
Keeping you safe at Mottistone Gardens

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.


The main gardens, tea garden (takeaway only) and toilets are open, and we also have a selection of second-hand books for sale. However, our shop remains closed. Our Wild Area is open for little ones to enjoy and there is hand sanitiser available to help keep them safe. Our Flowerpot People trail is not currently available, but we have a Tree Trunk Teaser Trail and ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities for little explorers to find.  


Discover our Tree Trunk Teaser Trail around the gardens
A tree trunk with a riddle written on it for kids to solve
Discover our Tree Trunk Teaser Trail around the gardens

How to book

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only 
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot. 

Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Mottistone Gardens and Estate (19 Oct - 25 Oct)

Fri 23 Oct 2020
Book your timed entry to visit Mottistone Gardens and Estate.