Visiting Stowe: What to expect during your visit

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. Please book your tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. 

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember that Stowe is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.

Parking and arrival

On our busiest days, weekends and holidays, we recommend you book your visit in advance to guarentee entry to Stowe. Please have your tickets, close to hand as you arrive and you’ll be asked for your surname on arrival. We've set up a welcome point with our friendly team as you enter the car park, to check your booking and guide you through to park. If you are a member, please have your membership cards to show us too.

When you arrive at Stowe you'll be asked to pause here while we welcome you to Stowe
Signage to show welcome back to Stowe and pre-booked tickets only
When you arrive at Stowe you'll be asked to pause here while we welcome you to Stowe

When we do have capacity, we will be welcoming visitors outside the New Inn. If you have pre-booked, please have your tickets and/or membership cards close to hand as your arrive. 

We will still be using a booking system for visitors to manage the visitor numbers across the site and to spread out arrivals throughout the day. Please bear with us if there is a short wait at the welcome point, our team there will be ready to welcome you and get your visit started.

Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time at 5pm when the car park and gates will be locked.

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome for pre-booked visitors, but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.


Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. There are one way systems in place on your arrival, but in all other areas we encourage you to give people space and enjoy the views. You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. 

Please bring a facemask with you to wear in our welcome areas, shop, café and toilets.

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.

You will find signs throughout your visit, asking you to keep right down Bell Gate Drive
Bell Gate Drive, down to the gardens at Stowe, with signs to ask people to use the right hand side
You will find signs throughout your visit, asking you to keep right down Bell Gate Drive

Facilities

Unisex toilets - including access and baby change facilities - are available at the New Inn. These are sanitised by our team throughout the day. Toilets aren’t currently available in the garden.

Unisex toilets in the New Inn courtyard
Unisex toilets in the New Inn courtyard at Stowe
Unisex toilets in the New Inn courtyard

Our shop is now open everyday, and we look forward to welcoming you. Payment is by card only. Every purchase you make, helps keep Stowe special.

Our café is open, serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. The picnic area at the New Inn is open, and you are welcome to picnic anywhere in the garden. We ask that you take your rubbish home with you and follow the countryside code. 

Picnic benches for you to take a seat and enjoy your picnic while you are at Stowe
Picnic benches and tables at Stowe around the New Inn
Picnic benches for you to take a seat and enjoy your picnic while you are at Stowe

Accessibility

Unfortunately we're not able to offer a buggy service at this time. Benches are located around the site for you to rest and enjoy the view on your walk. We are now offering the hire of our mini crosser. To enquire about booking, please call our office on 01280 817156. This is available between 10.30-12.30 or 2.30-4.30. 

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 at the New Inn.

Exploring the garden

Our gardens are looking lovely, and our team have worked hard to get the gardens and views looking as fabulous as ever.

All of the garden is open and yours to explore, and we have recently opened Lamport Garden. Some of our monuments and buildings remain closed.

Please don't bring any BBQs or light any fires during your visit.

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. 

And lastly...

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.
 

Cancellations of tickets

Stowe property staff cannot process cancelled tickets.  Please call EventBrite on 0344 2491895 to release your tickets for someone else to book.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Stowe (26 Oct - 1 Nov)

Wed 28 Oct 2020
11:00-11:30
Book your timed entry to visit Stowe.