Visiting Townend: What you need to know

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Townend house and garden will reopen on 29 March 2022. Tickets will be available to book from 24 March.

Visiting Townend 

You can now choose from two different types of visit to Townend. From 10-3 the house can be accessed through self-led, free flow visits. Just book your arrival slot and you are then welcome to look around the house at your own pace.

For those wanting to find out more about Townend, we are now introducing guided tours at 3pm each day. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, these will be themed and allow you exclusive access in a small group of up to 10 people. Tickets for the guided tours can also be booked online. 

Tuesday and Wednesday- Townend General History Tour

Thursday- Townend: Food, Remedies and Family Life in the 1700's

Friday-  Townend Books and Library Tour. 

If you have any questions about booking or the tours please email

Parking and arrival

For those who have booked, please have your booking information ready to show our welcome team and arrive within your fifteen minute timeslot.

You’ll find our welcome team waiting. We’ll tell you a bit about the house as you come in and we’ll also provide some written information which you can take away. We have guidebooks and postcards for sale too.


Handwashing facilities are available in the toilets and we also have hand sanitiser available as you enter the house. Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets. 

The garden is open. 

There are no catering facilities on site, but picnics are very welcome and Troutbeck village has a shop, café and several pubs. Please help us spend less on waste removal by taking your litter home with you. 

We’re cleaning touch points (like handrails on stairs) regularly during day. We would ask you not to touch anything else please – this way we know that we’re keeping everything clean. 


There is a designated accesible car park space in the car park. Access to the cottage garden is via a steep slope and there are many small steps in the house, including a step at the entrance.

Essential Companion card 

The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Just show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee. If you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you

How to book

All visitors must book a ticket in advance to guarantee entry, including members. However, we will welcome all visitors when we have the capacity to do so. Entry is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay. Please note we can only accept contactless payment. 

  • 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 15-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 Thursday we'll release new bookings for visits. You can now book two weeks in advance. On quieter days we might have availability for visitors who haven't booked.

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Book your visit

Book your tickets for a self led visit or guided tour.

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Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​