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Planning your visit to Nuffield Place

Lawn stretching up to the house with a flower border in the middle and to the right with blue skies and a few clouds above
The house and garden at Nuffield Place, Oxfordshire | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

We've pulled together all of the information you need into one place to help you make the most of your visit to Nuffield Place.

Visiting the house

Nuffield Place is relatively modest in comparison with Lord Nuffield's great wealth. To help us protect this special place and to ensure everyone can enjoy the best possible experience, we carefully manage visitor numbers throughout the day.

In the mornings, we run guided experiences for up to eight people, which we recommend that you book in advance. In the afternoons, the house is open from 1.30pm for you to explore at your own pace.

You do not need to book to visit the gardens and woodland, shop and Common Room bookshop.

Guided experiences

If you want to fully immerse yourself into the captivating lives of Lord and Lady Nuffield, then we'd suggest joining a morning guided experience led by one of our knowledgeable volunteers.

Guided experiences start every 20 minutes, from 10.30am to 12.50pm, and last roughly 45 minutes to an hour. There are eight places available on each experience. Whilst we try our best to accommodate walk-in visitors, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

You can book your guided experience via the link below or by calling the Central Booking Office on 0344 249 1895.

Self-paced experiences

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, then the house is open for general access from 1.30pm until 5pm (last entry 4pm). Our friendly volunteer room guides will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer your questions. Advance tickets are available for the afternoons if you wish, but booking is not essential.

Visiting the house at busy times

During peak periods, such as Easter and Bank Holidays, we operate a timed entry system into the house. Advance booking is recommended for all house visits during these times.

Inside the Drawing Room at Nuffield Place, Oxfordshire. The room has large windows with long green curtains and is filled with furniture including several floral-patterned armchairs and decorative wooden chairs.
The Drawing Room at Nuffield Place | © National Trust Images/Cristian Barnett

Booking your visit

Booking in advance is recommended for all visitors, including members, for morning guided experiences and for all house visits during peak periods, such as Easter.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children under five who will not need a ticket.
  • The time on your booking is the start time for your guided experience or house entry.
  • New tickets are released every Thursday for the next four weeks.
  • For guided experiences, booking closes at 8am on the day of the visit.
  • For self-paced visits, booking closes at 12:30 that day.

Arriving at Nuffield Place

If you are a National Trust member please bring your membership card as this will be checked on arrival. If you've booked a guided experience, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to allow the property team time to check your tickets.

If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your slot, then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. Once you arrive on site, you can stay as long as you wish. The last entry to the site is at 4pm.

A volunteer mowing the lawn in June at Nuffield Place, Oxfordshire, at the end of a short avenue of red-leaved trees.
A volunteer mowing the lawn in June at Nuffield Place, Oxfordshire, at the end of a short avenue of red-leaved trees. | © National Trust Images/Alex Prain

Exploring beyond the house

Of course, Nuffield Place is more than just a house. With five acres of tranquil gardens, woodland and wildflower meadows to explore, be sure to take time out to enjoy some fresh air during your visit.

If you fancy venturing further afield, we're located just off several public footpaths, including the Ridgeway national trail, with stunning views over the Thames Valley.

Don't forget to pop by the garage to see BUD, Lady Nuffield's 1946 Wolseley Eight car and the only working historic vehicle in the National Trust collection. You can also see a film in here of Lord Nuffield inspecting his Morris Motors factories.


The Maker Space Horsebox, our concession café, is situated on the old tennis court and overlooks the wildflower meadow. This local business serves barista coffees, teas and cold drinks as well as a variety of delicious cakes and scones, crisps and (subject to availablity) sausage rolls. There is accessible outdoor seating available, with some limited seating under a marquee. Food and drink can also be consumed in the second hand bookshop. Picnics are welcome in the gardens.

A blue Morris Minor car parked outside the front of Nuffield Place

Book your visit

For morning guided house experiences, we recommend that all visitors, including members, book in advance to guarantee a place. Bookings can be made up to 8am on the day.

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