What to expect when you visit Nunnington Hall

Summer in the Nunnington Hall garden

Nunnington Hall is now closed until 2021. We're looking forward to welcoming you back in the new year.

Arrival and parking 

We are now offering a pre-book ticket and walk in system. To guarantee admission to the site we recommend booking in advance. When arriving at Nunnington Hall please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. You'll be asked to show these at the Welcome Hut after parking.  

In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time, we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.
There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Nunnington Hall during your visit.  

Staying safe

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. 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. 

In line with government guidance visitors to our house and toilets are required to wear a face covering. Please bring one along with you. 
The requirement for face covering does not apply to visitors who are: 
•    Under 11yrs
•    Unable to wear a face covering due to physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
•    Assisting someone who is lip reading or relies on lip reading to communicate

What's open?

The house, garden, tea-garden and toilets are now open.

Visiting the house

We are delighted to reopen the house Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm. Last entry is 2.30pm. Here is a little more about what to expect when visiting the house. Admission to the house is on a first come basis and may involve queuing. 

•    The house is open for visits 11am – 3pm. Last entry to join the queue is 2.30pm.
•    We are limiting the number of people who can access the house at any one time. Due to limits on capacity, it may not be possible for everyone to access the house during their visit. 
•    Queuing for the house is outdoors so we advise weather appropriate clothing. 
•    To keep you safe, access to some rooms are unavailable and a one-way system in in place. This includes the Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms for now. 
•    Face masks must be worn by people entering the house. The requirement for face covering does not apply to visitors who are: under 11yrs, unable to wear a face covering due to physical or mental illness or impairment or disability, or assisting someone who is lip reading or relies on lip reading to communicate
•    Please be aware there are lots of steps throughout the visitor route.
•    For your safety, sanitisers are available at points in the house.
•    There are some interactive elements which we invite you to sanitise before use. 
•    Bags larger than 12inch x 12inch are required to be returned to your car for safety. 
•    Pushchairs are not permitted inside the house. 

Art and cultural exhibitions  

There’s still time to enjoy a variety of rich art and cultural exhibitions this year at Nunnington Hall. Although we’ve had to make some changes from the original calendar, you can still see the colourful and striking 'The Essex Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry and the thought provoking ‘Change in Attitudes’ work of Layla Khoo.  Click here for more information about the available exhibitions. 

Exploring the garden 

The garden is looking lovely and worth a visit. Here you can explore the orchards, mixed herbaceous and shrub borders, as well as the cutting garden where we grow food produce and cut flowers. The 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.
For your safety, the play area will remain closed.

Enjoy a bite to eat

The tea-garden is open from 10am - 4pm daily serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and light bites. Card payments only please. You are welcome to have a picnic in the main garden.


Toilets including access and baby change facilities are available. You may need to queue during busy times. These are sanitised by our team throughout the day.


The garden has some gravel paths and uneven areas, but access to all the garden is possible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. To keep you safe there are some one-way systems in place. Access from the carpark to property is via a sloped bridge.

Bringing a dog

Dogs on leads welcome in the garden and tea-garden. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.

How to book your visit

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.

Help support key workers

To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.

Follow the link to book your tickets