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Group visits to Wentworth Castle Gardens

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Visit Lyme Park in Cheshire together | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Groups visits have always been popular at Wentworth Castle Gardens. With self-led visits and a discount on admission prices, come and find out what makes this place so special. Open all year, a visit can last from a few hours to a full day. We welcome groups of all sizes and discounts apply to groups of 15 people or more.

Group visit information

The parkland and gardens are open every day from March to October, and Wednesday – Sunday from November to February. Opening hours vary depending on the season.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept group bookings on bank holidays and weekends throughout the summer and are limited to two bookings per day due to parking restrictions.

Group benefits

  • 15% discount on admission fee
  • Free coach parking a short walk from the visitor reception building
  • Free entry for the tour leader and driver on the day of your group visit
  • Coach meet and greet available on request
  • Information lanyard and current information on arrival
  • Refreshment voucher for driver

Admission prices

Admission prices are reviewed annually and may have changed slightly by the time of your visit, find the current prices online or call 01226 776040.

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.

Facilities and access information

Refreshments during your visit

Complete your visit with a stop for refreshments at the Long Barn Café, which serves homemade sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats throughout the day. Gluten free meals are available.

Hot food is served between 11.45am and 3pm all year round.

Due to limited space in the Long Barn, we kindly ask customers using electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs to use one of our complimentary manual wheelchairs to access facilities if you are able.

Please note: Advanced lunch booking for groups at the Long Barn Café is essential.

Access to the gardens and parkland

Wentworth Castle Gardens has a network of paths that are a little steep and uneven. We have two electric scooters for hire free of charge – please indicate on the booking form if your group requires any of these. These are on offer on a first come first serve basis, so booking is essential.

If you intend to use your own mobility scooter certain areas of the grounds are inaccessible due to safety precautions. For further information on mobility equipment and sensory details please contact us directly.

A golf buggy is available to help those who need it and can accommodate five passengers at a time.

Blue badge parking is available.

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Bring your school group to Wentworth Castle Gardens | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Educational visits to Wentworth Castle Gardens

Self-led educational visits

Wentworth Castle Gardens is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at wentworthcastlegardens@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the places in our care for a year.

Primary schools programme

Wentworth Castle Gardens is working in partnership with Barnsley Museums to deliver workshops as part of its Primary Schools Programme.

Creative writing and wellbeing workshop

We are pleased that our Creative Writing workshop is running again, with an additional focus on wellbeing.

Pupils will be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and outdoor spaces of Wentworth Castle Gardens to recap various creative writing techniques and develop ideas for poems which can be finished back in the classroom.

The workshop lasts for two hours and will also include mindfulness activities inspired by nature to support your pupils’ social, emotional and mental health.

Workshops cost £5.25 per pupil (up to six adults free)

Supporting pupils with additional learning needs

To support pupils with additional learning needs before and during their visit, you might be interested in viewing our sensory story or borrowing an access backpack. We also have a tour guide system available to assist pupils with a hearing impairment.

Contents of an access backpack for pupils with additional learning needs, including ear defenders and sunglasses
Access backpack to support pupils with additional learning needs | © National Trust / Ruth Carrington

Sensory story

In collaboration with Access for All and Barnsley Museums, we have produced a sensory story of Wentworth Castle Gardens.

This introduces the sensory experiences someone might expect on a visit to our site. Some of your pupils may find this a ‘safe’ way to familiarise themselves with the gardens before they visit.

Access backpacks

Please let us know if one of your pupils would like to borrow an access backpack for the workshop. The backpacks contain ear defenders, sunglasses, a tangle twister, a kaleidoscope, a colour mixing paddle and biodegradable wipes.

We’ve designed them to support visitors with special educational needs (SEN) or any other additional need as they visit Wentworth Castle Gardens.

How to book

For groups

If you’re ready to book and plan your day, please return this form to wentworthcastlegardens@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Educational visits

All school bookings are taken in advance. Please make an enquiry via Barnsley museums or email learning@barnsley.gov.uk for more information or to book your visit.

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