Group visits to Scotney Castle
Group visits are welcome at Scotney Castle and those containing 15 people or more benefit from a discounted rate. The team are more than happy to help you arrange the finer details of your visit, from dedicated coach parking to private garden tours. Find out what you need to know about arranging a group visit to Scotney Castle.
Benefits of a group visit
- Discounted entry rates for groups of 15 people or more.
- Complimentary familiarisation visit and admission on the day to the group leader.
- Complimentary admission and refreshment voucher for the coach driver.
- Dedicated welcome at your coach by a member of the team.
- Private garden tours are also available and can be tailored to your group’s interest. Please note there is an additional charge for this.
- Free reserved parking for coaches and minibuses.
Planning your group visit
We recommend that you allow at least three hours for your group visit to make sure you have time to take in all there is to see and do at Scotney Castle.
Please book as early as possible, ideally at least three months in advance. Contact our business support team on 01892 893820 (option 4) to get things started.
Things to note
The car park can only accept single-decker coaches and only one coach per group. Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve parking for groups visiting in cars.
There is availability for two coaches each day, from 10.30am onwards, including weekends and bank holidays. Please confirm availability with the bookings team before promoting your visit.
If you are bringing a group smaller than 15 people but will be arriving in a coach or minibus, please let us know so we can plan for your arrival.
Large groups are kindly asked to stagger entry to the tea-room to avoid long queue times. Whilst it is not possible to reserve seating for groups, there is plenty of seating available in the courtyard.
All groups must book in advance and pay in one transaction on arrival. National Trust members are included in the group numbers and will need to show their cards on arrival for scanning.
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 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
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.
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