Visiting Woodchester Park: what you need to know

Family on an autumn walk

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Woodchester Park. The parkland and car park are open. In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Arriving at Woodchester Park by car

We have a small, gravelled visitor car park at Woodchester Park and there is also additional space in our grassy overflow car park during the summer months. Please park considerately and within the designated bays. There is also designated accessible parking available. If the car park is full, please visit another time. To maintain access, do not park on the approach roads and on the drive leading to the main car park. 

Car park charges

There is a pay and display machine in the main visitor car park. Car park charges apply for non-members: £3 all day. Due to poor mobile phone coverage, the machine is only able to accept coin payments. Members of the National Trust park for free.

If you're a member of the National Trust please scan your membership card in the parking meter to get a free parking ticket, and display in your car. 

Staying safe at Woodchester Park

To help keep everyone safe, look out for signs which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the park.

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.

What's open?

The parkland and car park are open but please note that there are no toilet facilites available.

In the parkland, although there is no designated route, there are three signed walking trails which you can follow to explore Woodchester Park further. 

Woodchester Mansion and cafe (non NT) are closed for the winter and will reopen in spring 2022. Please visit the Woodchester Mansion Trust's website for further information. 

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome at Woodchester Park but be aware that many areas are grazed by livestock so please keep them on a lead at all times. Dispose of any waste in the bins provided. 

No swimming or cycling

Swimming is not permitted in the lakes. The lakes are deep and hide many dangers. 

The parkland is a special place for wildlife, and is home to many rare and unusual species. Their habitats are sensitive to disturbance so cycling is not permitted at Woodchester Park.

There is no mobile phone signal throughout the site.

Play trail

The play trail is open but to ensure everyone's safety some elements have been removed.


Most of the designated walking trails follow hard-standing paths, but there are steps, steep slopes and narrow paths in places. The paths can become muddy and slippery following heavy rain - sturdy footwear is essential.

There are benches throughout the parkland to offer you places to rest along the way.