Visiting Wightwick: What to expect for your visit

Looking through the balustrades on the south terrace lawn towards Wightwick Manor in the sun

The Manor, Gallery, Tearoom, Shop, Second-Hand bookshop, Gardens and Woodland at Wightwick Manor and Gardens are open and you no longer need to pre-book your visit to us.

We are delighted to open the Manor and the Gallery, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm for Manor and Gallery.) A selected number of rooms have now reopened on the upper floor of the Manor.

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember that Wightwick is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a short lead at all times.

 

Parking and arrival

Please have your Membership card or payment method ready and please head over to our Visitor Reception building to have your membership cards scanned or pay for entry.

Download our site map in advance here:

Wightwick Manor Site Map 2020 (PDF / 4.2MB) download

We also have a map showing accessible routes around the garden:

Wightwick Manor Accessible Site Map 2020 (PDF / 0.2MB) download

We now have our shuttle buggy back to aid with journeys up the hill to the Manor, so please do speak to a member of our team if you require any assistance. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time at 5pm when the car park will be locked.

At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans, large motor homes and coaches due to parking restrictions on site.

Manor and Gallery

We are delighted to open the ground floor of the Manor and the De Morgan Gallery, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm for the Manor and Gallery). A selected number of rooms on the upper floor of the Manor have now reopened.

During your visit to the Manor and Gallery, we ask you not to touch the collection, walls or surfaces. There are places to sit throughout the Manor, please look out for our 'cat cushions' which indicate where you are welcome to sit if needed.

We are limiting numbers and staggering your entry to the Manor and Gallery to keep everybody safe. We may ask you to return later on the day of your visit if long queues are forming.

Entry to the house will be free-flow only and cannot be pre-booked. Please be aware that some rooms may be closed for essential conservation work.
 

Could you settle down with a book from the library at Wightwick Manor
The interior of the Library at Wightwick Manor
Could you settle down with a book from the library at Wightwick Manor

Tearoom

Got a sweet tooth? Our baker whips up some great cakes; try our decadent chocolate brownie, or maybe just the classic Victoria sandwich. And it wouldn't be the National Trust without scones or scrummy shortbread. Our menu includes hot drinks, sweet treats, sandwiches, a selection of pasties and sausage rolls, jacket potatoes, plus our 'one pot' and soup of the day. We also have some special seasonal food on offer at weekends.

Our warming beef chilli one pot
A bowl of beef chilli with a side of crusty bread, placed on a table next to a flower arrangement.
Our warming beef chilli one pot

Shop, Plant Centre and Second-Hand Bookshop

The Old Manor Shop, Arts and Crafts Plant Centre and Second-hand bookshop are all open. . It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Wightwick for everyone, for ever. Thank you.

You can only visit the shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop if you are a member or have paid admission to enter the site.

Find the perfect book to take you on an adventure
A volunteer organising paperback books onto wooden selves in the second hand bookshop at Wightwick
Find the perfect book to take you on an adventure

Facilities

Toilets - including access and baby change facilities - can be found next to our tearoom.

The natural woodland play is open as part of your visit to Wightwick. The wooden stilt walk, balance walk, seesaw, tower and tangle climb are open for you to enjoy. 

Accessibility

Our shuttle buggy is available for visitors who may need assistance to get from the car park to closer to the Manor.

Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk. If you feel that some of our paths are beyond your comfort, please let our welcome team know. There are also some seats within the Manor where you can sit - just look out for the 'cat cushions' or ask a member of the team.

Please ask our team for one of our accessible route garden maps when you arrive for more information, or download it from the link below:

Wightwick Manor Accessible Site Map 2020 (PDF / 0.2MB) download

Dogs

Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens at Wightwick, with the exception of the kitchen garden. Assistance dogs only inside buildings. Please use bins near the tearoom or Reception for dog waste if you cannot take it home with you.

Exploring the gardens

The gardens at Wightwick are a perfect place to spend a warm lazy day strolling through the flowers and picnicking on the lawns. The garden was designed to create an emotional response and at this time of year it feels very peaceful and relaxing, with lots of quiet corners and places to spend an hour or so with a book.

Please don't bring any BBQs or light any fires during your visit and we ask that you leave bikes, drones and ball games at home.

Bikes, drones and ball games at Wightwick

We’re sorry but standard bicycles are not permitted in the gardens regardless of the cyclist's age, to keep the grounds a safe environment. We welcome under 5's 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 are not very suitable for riding on. We also ask that all balls and ball games, including frisbees, drones and the like, are left at home or in your car.