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Visiting Mottisfont with your group

Visitors with the custodian on a tour at Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, in Woolton, Liverpool
Group visitors on a tour | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

From guided walks to the perfect afternoon cup of tea in one of the cafés, Mottisfont is a great place to visit with a group.

A great place to visit

Whether your group is planning to soak up the atmosphere of the famous rose collection in the summer or discover a new exhibition in the gallery, our aim is to give you a warm welcome all year round.

Food and drink

We know that a great cup of tea or coffee and home-cooked, tasty food can be the making of any visit. There are a number of outlets available throughout the property. Contact us about any special arrangements.

House and gallery

There's so much to see at Mottisfont, from an 800-year-old vaulted cellarium to Rex Whistler’s extraordinary drawing room. Visit the gallery to see changing exhibitions throughout the year. The house also displays a permanent collection of 20th-century art.

The garden

Garden lovers will enjoy grounds designed by some of the greatest names in horticultural history. There's year-round interest, from spectacular spring bulbs to a colourful winter garden.

Rose season

Mottisfont's walled gardens are home to a world famous old-fashioned rose collection created by horticulturalist Graham Stuart Thomas. Flowering once a year in late May - early June, these spectacular blooms are very popular with group visitors.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 249 1895 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Get in touch about bringing a group to Mottisfont

Email or call 01794 340757 to talk to us about booking a group visit.

Visitors in the walled rose garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Discover more at Mottisfont

Find out when Mottisfont is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Busts on pillars in The Long Gallery, Mottisfont, Hampshire. It was installed in the 1740s and used as an indoor exercise space for ladies. The walls are painted to simulate Sienna marble.

The house and gallery at Mottisfont 

Explore Maud Russell’s 1930s neo-classical interiors, in an 18th-century house with medieval origins and enjoy changing art exhibitions in the spacious gallery.

The Rose Garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire in the June evening sun. Beds filled with flowers can be seen alongside an armillary sphere, in the background, through the walled garden entrance, the low June evening sun shines across the parkland.

The garden at Mottisfont 

Enjoy every season at Mottisfont, with its ancient trees and babbling brooks, from rich autumn foliage and the scented Winter Garden, to spring bulbs and, of course, the world-famous Rose Garden.

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Eating at Mottisfont 

Treat yourself to a snack and drink at one of the cafés after a wander in the garden.

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Education Group Access Pass 

If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives you free admission for a year.

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Explorer Pass 

If you're planning a trip in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year, buy a National Trust Explorer Pass for entry to most of the places in our care. With 4-, 8- and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Explorer Pass and how to buy yours.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.