Visiting Wentworth Castle Gardens: What you need to know

Family sat on bench in Azalea Garden

Our gardens and parkland are open, along with the café for takeaway only. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

Parking and arrival 

Parking is free for visitors. Please be ready to give your name and show your membership card as you arrive. We've set up a welcome point at the entrance to the Visitor Reception Building where our friendly team will check your booking, direct you where to park and answer any questions. There are designated Blue Badge spaces available for pre-booked tickets if required. 

Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot, then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time at 5pm (through the summer). Gates will be locked from 5.15pm. 

On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

Staying safe 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. There are one-way routes in place in the John Arnold Garden and the Fernery.  

The toilets in the café remain closed but you will find hand sanitiser outside the café.  

In line with government guidelines you'll be required to wear a face covering in the café and toilets. Please bring one with you. 

You will also be asked to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands if you use our buggy service.

Eating and drinking is not allowed in the play area.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

Facilities 

Toilets – including an accessible toilet and baby changing – can be found at the Conservatory. These are sanitised by our staff team throughout the day. Please note that the toilets are approximately 700 metres on foot from the carpark. The toilets in the café will remain closed to visitors while government guidance on social distancing remains in place.

The Long Barn café is open from 10am to 4pm for takeaway and outdoor seating: we're serving hot and cold drinks, hot and cold light bites and cakes. We can only accept card payments, no cash. Indoor seating will be available from 17 May.

The shop is now closed permanently, although look out for a second-hand bookshop, which will open on 17 May.

The play area is back open. We are sanitising the play equipment twice a day and ask families to follow the guidance in order to keep everyone safe.

The Victorian Conservatory will reopen from 17 May with a one-way system.

Stainborough Castle tower will remain closed to visitors while government guidance on social distancing remains in place.

Wentworth Castle house is not generally open to visitors. This impressive building is home to Northern College, a residential college offering a range of different courses for students.  

Accessibility 

The National Trust is for everyone, and we want to make it easy for visitors with disabilities to enjoy the places we care for.  

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge.

There are two personal mobility scooters available to visitors. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you email us in advance to request a scooter.   

We have now restarted our buggy service. It will be available every day from 11am-3pm to take visitors up to the café and conservatory. You will be asked to wear a face covering on the buggy and use hand sanitiser before getting on.

Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.  

Visiting with your dogs 

Dogs on short leads are welcome at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Please use the allocated dog bins.

Bikes at Wentworth 

We’re sorry but, for the safety of all our visitors and to protect the gardens, bicycles are not permitted in the gardens or parkland. We welcome under 5s on trikes or balance bikes (no pedals), but please be aware that there are limited hard paths and that these often have a loose (gravel) surface, and few are flat. 

How to book 

To avoid disappointment please book your visit in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. 

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket

  • If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge

  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit

  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only 

  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale

  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email 

  • If you need to cancel your booking, follow the link to 'manage reservation' in your confirmation email, which will redirect you to the Eventbrite page

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. Bookings for a given day close at 3pm the day before. 

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Wentworth Castle Gardens (7 June - 13 June)

Sun 13 Jun 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Timed entry to Wentworth Castle Gardens (14 June - 20 June)

Mon 14 Jun 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Wentworth Castle Gardens.