Group and school visits to Packwood
Packwood is the perfect destination for a group day out. Journey through the house to see how its creator, Baron Ash, believed it was best seen and explore the garden, noted for its colourful borders, unusual plants, bountiful kitchen garden and magnificent yew trees. There’s something for everyone at Packwood whether you’re bringing a tour group or an educational group.
Packwood welcomes group visits throughout the year, Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays. Discounted rates are available for any non-members in pre-booked groups of more than 15 people.
Please note, pre-booking is essential for all group visits.
When to visit
Packwood House is a popular local attraction and as a result it can become very busy. We will always try to accommodate groups where possible but are unable to take group bookings for bank holiday weekends and some key dates throughout the year.
Packwood house operates on a timed ticket system throughout the year. The tickets are issued at half hourly intervals allowing us to manage the flow of visitors through the house and keep it from getting too full at any one time. This not only helps our visitors have an enjoyable visit, it also protects the house and the collection.
Your group will be allocated house tickets on arrival to suit the timescale of your visit. Large groups may have to stagger entry across two or more timed slots.
Catering for your group
The Kitchen Garden café provides a range of seasonal hot and cold light refreshments and treats. You may pre-book your menu choices if you wish to eat as a group and tables may be able to be reserved, the team will do their best to accommodate this.
Education group visits
Packwood is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us.
Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust properties.
Talks and tours
Our Welcome Hosts offer garden tours daily at 12 noon and 2pm, subject to availability, as well as short introductory talks for information about the house.
If your group would like to join one of these tours or talks, please indicate to a member of the Visitor Reception team upon your arrival and if there is a volunteer available, they will arrange a time for you.
Seasonal highlights for your visit
Packwood offers something different to see and do whatever time of the year you choose to bring your group to visit. Here are some seasonal highlights to help you make your decision.
The garden in spring
In spring see bluebells, tulips and homegrown wallflowers in the borders, Primula auricular plans in the auricular theatre in the Kitchen Garden, wildflower meadows glowing with buttercups and blossom on the fruit trees in the orchard.
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.
Get in touch about bringing a group to Packwood
If you would like to book a group visit please contact the team on 01564 782024 to check availability for your preferred date.
Packwood House is the culmination of a single man's vision of Old English country hospitality. Step inside and discover a cow barn transformed into a Great Hall, a 1930s Long Gallery filled with 16th-century tapestries, and much more.
Explore Packwood’s garden and its seasonal delights. Flamboyant flower borders in a ‘mingled’ style, magnificent yew trees and a bountiful kitchen garden all wait to be discovered.
Delve into Packwood’s past and find out about how one man’s vision transformed a Georgian and Victorian style house into the perfect country house of Old England that we see today.
The café with indoor and outdoor seating is open and serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks. Stop by the shop to pick up gifts, souvenirs and plants.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.