Visiting Sunnycroft: What to expect

View of the lawn at Sunnycroft

The garden of Sunnycroft will be open for pre-booked visits, along with our car park, and toilets on selected days from Sunday 28 March. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what to expect on your visit.

It’s a new chapter for Sunnycroft as we reopen the gates after being closed for a year. We’re going to be exploring different ways of opening this estate in miniature over the year in response to the impact of Coronavirus

The garden at Sunnycroft will be open on Sundays and Mondays from Sunday 28 March for pre-booked local visitors to access fresh air and open space for exercise in line with government guidance. The house remains closed for the time being, there is no tearoom or shop at Sunnycroft.
 

Spring sunshine at Sunnycroft
Spring flowers at Sunnycroft
Spring sunshine at Sunnycroft

Parking and arrival

If arriving by car, please follow the direction from our team to park up in our car park. Please have your pre-booked tickets/booking confirmation to hand and if you're members, your National Trust membership cards to show to our team at the Welcome Hut in the car park. 

After checking your tickets our team will direct you to the entry to the garden, please follow the signage on site, there will be a one-way route in place in the garden. We are using a booking system for visits to manage the visitor numbers across the site and to spread out arrivals throughout the day.

Tickets and membership cards will be checked at the Welcome Hut.
Wooden welcome hut in the car park at Sunnycroft
Tickets and membership cards will be checked at the Welcome Hut.

There are designated Blue Badge spaces available close to the house at Sunnycroft, please speak to the team on arrival. If you are arriving in a vehicle larger than a car e.g a campervan please note that there are a limited number of spaces for large vehicles due to the size and layout of the car park, and we may not be able to accomodate yoru vehicle. We are unable to welcome caravans and coaches.

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. Although you’re welcome to spend as long as you like in the garden until closing time, we think the average visit will be around 45 minutes. Only the garden, toilets and car park at Sunnycroft are open, the house remains closed and there is no tearoom or shop at Sunnycroft. Please remember that Sunnycroft is a no smoking or vaping site. 

An avenue of Wellingtonia trees line the driveway at Sunnycroft.
View of the driveway at Sunnycroft
An avenue of Wellingtonia trees line the driveway at Sunnycroft.

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 areas of the garden.

Make space while outdoors, please keep a 2 metre distance from others while on your visit.

You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets behind the house.

In line with government guidance you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, this includes the toilets. Please bring one with you.

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.

 

Facilities

Toilets (including an accessible toilets and baby change facilities) can be found in the outbuildings in the back yard behind the house. Please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing while using the toilets. The toilets are sanitised by our team during the day.

Toilets are located in the back yard behind the house at Sunnycroft.
View of the back yard of the house at Sunnycroft
Toilets are located in the back yard behind the house at Sunnycroft.

 

Accessibility

Please read our access guide below for more information.

Sunnycroft Access Statement 2021 (PDF / 0.2MB) download

 

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to visit the garden at Sunnycroft with their owners. The garden at Sunnycroft is only around five acres in size, and as one of the smaller National Trust properties is more of a place for your dog to accompany you on a visit than as a place for dog walking. We think a visit to the garden will take on average around 45 minutes at the current time.

We ask that:

  • Social distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Dog poo must be picked up and taken home with you
  • Dogs must remain on leads in all areas of the garden

 

And lastly...

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including National Trust members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you.

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.
  • Please bring your tickets with you - either printed off or on a mobile device to show our team on arrival.
  • Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week (Monday and Sunday). 
Stained glass detail from a window at Sunnycroft

Please book ahead before visiting 

The garden at Sunnycroft will reopen on Sundays and Mondays from Sunday 28 March. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.