Planning your visit to Wimpole
From now on whether you arrive by car, bicycle or on foot, it's recommended you book your parkland and garden ticket in advance of your arrival to Wimpole. Booking is essential at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays.
We've reduced the number of people we can welcome to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities.
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.
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.
In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces. Please bring one with you.
What's open and at what time?
Under current government guidance, Wimpole Hall, Home Farm and Shop are currently closed.
Wimpole parkland and gardens are open daily from 9.30am-4pm for local visitors via timed tickets.
Tree safety management is vital to keeping both people and wildlife safe. From 24 February 2021 some areas of the woodland belt will be cordoned off and paths re-routed while we work with Natural England to establish our next steps in this sensitive area. Please take note and carefully follow any diversion signage on the estate for your own safety.
Hot drinks and basic takeaway refreshments are available daily from 10am-3pm. If you're visiting in the afternoon from 12 April, make sure you don't miss last orders at the Stables and Farm Cafés at 3pm. Safety measures include screens at our till and collection points; a queuing system and a one way waymarked route. Please follow the signs and directions from our staff.
Are the toilets open?
Toilet facilities are available at Hardwicke Gate from 9.30am to 4pm and Hall from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
What time do you close?
Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You're then welcome to stay until closing time at 4pm (Please ensure that you exit the car park in good time as the gates are locked at 5pm).
Where do I park?
Use the normal car park and follow the signs to the parking bays, on your arrival at Hardwicke Gate have your pre booked tickets to hand to show staff as you walk in. You are required to wear a face mask in the Welcome Building, please bring one with you.
One way system
To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes so your visit will be different from what you’re used to. We have set up new one way routes in some areas, so please follow any signs or guidance from staff. Please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit.
There are no buggies or personal mobility vehicles available at this time. We have two wheelchairs which are available from Hardwicke Gate between 9am and 3pm (latest time to return wheelchairs 3.30pm). Prior to your visit, please read our access statement below for full details.
In the run up to lambing season, we have over 280 pregnant ewes in the parkland. You can help us care for the ewes by keeping dogs on leads and giving the animals plenty of space whilst walking in our livestock fields. We always have a field without livestock where you can let your four-legged friend off their lead for a run, so please ask our friendly team if you'd like to take your dog there to let off some steam and they will point you in the right direction. See below for more information about lambing 2021.
How to book
We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, essential at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary.
Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
- Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
- 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.
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.
Notes on your visit
Please take your litter and dog waste home with you which helps us keep everyone safe, it also saves money, so we can spend more on looking after this place for nature and for people
There will be no first aid cover from staff on your visit, if someone in your group requires assistance please let a member of staff know so that they can coordinate an emergency response
We are currently building a multiuse path in the parkland. Please be mindful that all signage and fencing is there to keep your safe