Visiting Stourhead: what you need to know

A view across the lake at Stourhead in autumn

The outdoor spaces, house, shop and restaurant at Stourhead are open. You no longer need to book your visit in advance. Visits to the house are limited and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what to expect.

What your visit will look like

We have social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe. Here are the key points, and you can find out more later in this article:

  • Do I need to book? You no longer need to pre-book your visit to Stourhead. Access to the house is limited and therefore entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit. 
  • Parking: Parking is in the main car park. We are operating a pay and display in our car park where car park charges will apply for non-members (£4).
  • Garden: Explore our beautiful garden and parklands at your leisure, including  a choice of routes around the lake
  • House: The house at Stourhead is open daily from 11am - 3.30pm, last entry at 3pm. Visitor numbers are limited and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit. Please join the queue at the front door of the house anytime between 11am and 3pm on the day of your visit to gain admission.
  • Toilets: the toilets in the top courtyard and Spread Eagle courtyard are open and cleaned throughout the day, meaning we may need to close them temporarily.
  • Shop: the shop is now open daily. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, a treat for yourself or a memento of your visit, you are sure to find something to tempt in our shop or plant centre. We have also just opened a sister shop, The Studio, in the Spreadeagle Courtyard (currently open Thursday to Sunday).
  • Food: Our restaurant and outdoor kiosk are open daily. Our preferred payment method is card.
  • Mountain trike wheelchairs for hire: A limited number of mountain trike wheelchairs are available to hire on a first come, first served basis.
  • Garden buggy: the garden buggy service is now operating on weekdays between the hours of 10am and 3pm. It is not possible to pre-book this service, please enquire on arrival. Please note that this is a volunteer run service and therefore may not always be available.
  • Shuttle bus: We are sorry but our shuttle bus is not currently running.
  • Dogs: are welcome in the garden and on the wider estate during daytime opening all year round. Dogs must always be kept on short leads. 
  • Balls, bikes, frisbees, skateboards and scooters aren't allowed in the garden, so please leave these at home.

Staying safe

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.

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Face coverings

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.


Stourhead has a variety of gradients and surfaces, but we have done our best to create a route that can be used by all. A limited number of mountain trike wheelchairs are available to hire on a first come, first served basis.

In the house our stair climber will be available for wheelchair users/less mobile visitors, with a covid-safe plan in place. We ask that visitors email or phone 01747 841152 ahead of their visit in order to use this service. 

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, your carer can enter free of charge.

You can find further details in our access statement, and please speak to the team on arrival about your access needs. 

Stourhead access statement (PDF / 0.4MB) download

Dogs are welcome on the lead

Visiting Stourhead with your dog

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