What to expect when visiting Ormesby Hall

Colourful flower bed with the hall in the background

We're look forward to welcoming visitors back to Ormesby Hall. To ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, we've made some changes.

In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. You no longer need to book to visit Ormesby Hall.

Arrival and parking 

There is free parking onsite. If you are arriving by car please use Ladgate Lane TS3 0SR.

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.

Staying safe

Please be kind as we all find our way back to normality. You’ll find sanitising points across the site, and sinks for hand washing can be found in the toilets in the courtyard. Please refrain from touching whilst in the house as we are unable to sanitise many of the historical surfaces without causing damage. 

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.

What's open?

  • The parkland is open every day for walking.
  • The house is partly open - we are gradually reopening the smaller rooms.
  • Model railway collection
  • British wildlife photography exhibition
  • Stables courtyard
  • The garden and natural play area are open. 
  • Second-hand bookshop
  • Cafe indoor counter is open for takeaway drinks and snacks, 10.30am - 4pm. Card payments preferred. There is outdoor seating with parasols available and indoor seating will return soon. 
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the outer courtyard. 


What's closed?

  • Indoor cafe seating remains closed, but there is outdoor seating available.

Visiting the house

We're very pleased to be welcoming you back into the house.The house will be open 10.30am - 3.30pm during open days, but some of the smaller rooms remain closed, as we gradually work on reopening them. 

Welcoming you in the house will be some National Trust volunteers to help guide you and give you brief stories of the Pennyman family and collections. You will be able to explore some of the furnished rooms. 

For the first time we are happy to have the British Wildlife Photography Awards at Ormesby Hall. The photographs capture the beauty and diversity of British wildlife, with the collection showcasing both professional and amateur photographers from across the country. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.


There are designated mobility parking spaces in the overflow car park and an adapted toilet in the toilet block. The garden has gravel grass and bark chip paths. There are some uneven areas, but access to most parts of the garden is possible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The first floor in the house is accessed by stairs only and may not be suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. 

Bringing a dog

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