Visiting Stowe: What to expect during your visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Stowe. You can either join as a member when you visit, bring your membership cards with you for scanning or you can buy a day ticket just before you enter the garden. Carry on reading below for more information on visiting.

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember we welcome dogs on leads at Stowe, and only balance bikes in the garden.

Parking and arrival

It is free to park at the New Inn for members and non-members. At the New Inn you'll find our cafe, shop, toilets and picnic area, and these are all free for you to enjoy. 

We've set up a welcome point with our friendly team as you enter the garden. If you are a member, please have your membership cards to show us too, and keep them with you throughout your visit. 

Once you have parked in our car park, it is approximately an 800m walk to the entrance to the garden. Please relax and take your time and when you are ready, arrive at the entrance to the garden to check in. If you are meeting friends, using the facilities or enjoying something to eat and drink before your walk at the New Inn, take your time and head down to the garden when you are ready.


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 10 days, please don’t visit. You'll find hand sanitiser at the entrance to our Shop, Cafe and Parlour Rooms. 

Facilities

We have toilet facilities available at New Inn and at Bell Gate, the entrance to the garden. There are ladies and gents toilets, and unisex accessible and baby change toilets at New Inn. We also have unisex temporary toilets at the entrance to the garden including accessible and baby change. These are checked by our team throughout the day. There are currently no toilets open in the garden, so make use of the facilites when you arrive and at Bell Gate before heading off on your walk. 

Additional toilets are lined up by Bell Gate, the entrance to the garden
Additional toilets are lined up by Bell Gate, the entrance to the garden
Additional toilets are lined up by Bell Gate, the entrance to the garden

What's open?

  • Our gardens are open daily 10am-5pm
  • You'll find our shop open daily, 11am-5pm
  • Our cafe is open daily, 10am-5pm
  • Our picnic area, located at the New Inn is open. Please take your litter home with you

Accessibility

When you arrive, you will park at the New Inn. It is then an 800m walk to the garden entrance down Bell Gate drive, with views across the parkland and into the garden. We offer an on request buggy service between the New Inn and the garden entrance. If you would like to make use of this service, please just speak to a member of the team.

Our single and double mini-crossers and manual wheelchair (subject to availability) can be hired by visitors to visit Stowe by calling our Estate Office - 01280 817156. Our mini-crossers and/or wheelchair can be loaned for a session, either 10.45am-1.00pm or 1.45pm-4.00pm. 

Our mini-crossers and wheelchairs will be sanitised by our team before and after each use. The timings for loans above take into account time for our team to be able to do this safely. Please be aware that there is a short test before we issue the mini-crosser to you, and that takes around 15 minutes.

While our mini-crossers and wheelchair are free, we would welcome a donation to help with running costs. This can be done by visiting the shop when you arrive.

There are plenty of benches around Stowe for you to pause at as you walk. 

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden everywhere. Please use the dog bins for dog waste. We also have dog drinking bowls at several points around the New Inn.

Exploring the garden

We recommend good footwear when visiting the garden all year round. We have hard standing paths round most of the garden, and would suggest comfortable footwear as you might be covering a lot of ground!

You'll find a large map of the gardens at Stowe when you arrive. We recommend taking a photo of the map to help you find the perfect route for your visit today. 

Bikes at Stowe

We’re sorry but standard bicycles are not permitted in the garden regardless of the cyclist's age to keep the garden a safe environment for everyone. We welcome under 5s on trikes, starter bikes with stabilisers, or balance bikes (no pedals), and under 11s on push/kick scooters. 

Upcoming events

Jubilee: Beacon Lighting

Thu 02 Jun 2022
19:30-22:00
Join us for a celebratory beacon lighting ceremony to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on the evening Thursday 2 June.

Jubilee: Grand Opening of the Royal Route

Fri 03 Jun 2022
10:00-19:00
Come along for the grand opening of the Royal Route through the historic gardens at Stowe on Friday 3 June.

Jubilee: Big Royal Picnic

Sat 04 Jun 2022
10:00-19:00
Enjoy a day to celebrate with family and friends. A weekend of relaxed, self-led events is planned to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee including the Big Royal Picnic on Saturday 4 June.

Jubilee: Bring Your Own Street Party

Sun 05 Jun 2022
10:00-19:00
‘Bring Your Own’ … friends, family, food, refreshments, tables, benches, flags, cakes, crowns. A day to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen on Sunday 5 June.

Gothic Temple Open Days

Sat 17 Sep 2022
10:30-16:00
A rare chance to see inside the Gothic Temple, usually a holiday cottage for the Landmark Trust. With scenic views from the top floor, take a look inside Gothic Temple which was modelled on medieval buildings.

Heritage Open Day: Everyone Welcome

Sun 18 Sep 2022
10:00-17:00
Enjoy 4 local properties for free as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 18 September 2022.