Visiting Wightwick: What to expect for your visit

An exterior view of the east side of Wightwick Manor in heavy snow

The Manor (ground floor only), Gallery, Tearoom, Shop, Second-Hand bookshop, Gardens and Woodland at Wightwick Manor and Gardens are now open. You no longer need to pre-book your visit to us, but please follow all government guidance and signage on site during your visit.

Update to visiting Wightwick from 30 November 2021:

We are delighted to open the Manor (ground floor only) and the Gallery, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm for Manor and Gallery.) From 1 November, our winter opening hours are 10am - 4pm for the site.The upper floor will remain closed until further notice. 

You no longer need to pre-book your visit to many places in England, including Wightwick, but please check the arrangements with each propery on their website before you visit.

Following government guidance, we've lifted some social distancing rules and other Covid restrictions in England, but face coverings are now required in the Old Manor Shop unless you are medically exempt. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness, and face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas.

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 lead at all times.

 

Parking and arrival

The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local communities remains our priority. We urge people to follow government guidance and travel restrictions. 

Please have your Membership card or payment method ready. We've set up a welcome point with our friendly team at our Visitor Reception building to scan your membership cards, take payments and give you site information.

Download our site map in advance here:

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

We also have a map showing acessible 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 4pm when the car park will be locked.

At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans, large motor homes and coaches.

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.

You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets, which are located by the tearoom. You will find hand sanitiser by our Visitor Reception, in the Tearoom, Shop, Bookshop, Manor and Gallery and by the woodland play.

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas and are mandatory in the Old Manor shop in-line with Government guidance.

As part of the government's NHS Track and Trace programme, you will be able to check in, if you choose to at the entrace to the Manor.

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.

Manor and Gallery

We are delighted to open the ground floor of the Manor and the De Morgan Gallery, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm for the Manor and Gallery).The upper floor will remain closed until further notice. 

During your visit to the Manor and Gallery, we ask you not to touch the collection, walls or sufaces. Some visitor seating has been reinstated in the Manor, please look out for our 'cat cushions; which indicate where you are welcome to sit if needed.

We're limiting numbers and staggering your entry to the Manor and Gallery to keep everybody safe. We have a socially distanced waiting area for entry to the Manor and Gallery and a one-way system inside the Manor. We may ask you to return later on the day of your visit if long queues are forming.

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas.

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

Please follow signs and adhere to social distancing around the Manor and Gallery
A view of the Great Parlour at Wightwick Manor, showing the fireplace.
Please follow signs and adhere to social distancing around the Manor and Gallery

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.

From 19 July, our café reverted to our pre-covid seating layout. We will continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and till and collection points will be screened.

Hand sanitiser will be available should visitors wish to use it. Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone

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

In line with Government guidance, face coverings must be worn in all shop spaces on site, unless medically exempt.

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. These are sanitised by our staff team throughout the day.

The natural woodland play has now re-opened as part of your visit to Wightwick. The wooden stilt walk, balance walk, seesaw, tower and tangle climb are open for you to enjoy. Hand sanitiser is available near to the equipment.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some facilities and areas remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe, but new possibilities are opening up all the time. The upper floor of the Manor currently remains closed.

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

We have a small team in now, but nowhere near what we’re used to, so the gardens aren’t perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting. There are some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that the gardens and woodland have to offer.


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

A palette of golds, reds and orange
Looking down to the pools at Wightwick, with a backdrop of autumnal trees
A palette of golds, reds and orange

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.