YES, WE ARE OPEN. The lockdown guidelines announced on Monday 4th January confirm that our Gardens are able to remain open.
We are delighted that the gardens, grove, woodland walk and children’s playzone at Arley Hall will remain open daily from 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). The Hall, Chapel and Garden Vinery must regrettably close until further restrictions are lifted. The gift shop remains open for entry payment however the sale of gift shop items is restricted as it is not an essential shop.
The guidelines confirm that people can exercise in a public outdoor place once per day, within the local area, and on their own or with a household/childhood/support bubble or alone with one other person from another household. The definition of public outdoor places includes “the grounds of a heritage site” – a very welcome confirmation for us.
Please bring a mask with you when visiting Arley as entry is via our gift shop and masks must be worn.
Here is some additional useful information if you are planning to visit soon.
When are we open?
The gardens are open to visitors every day from 10am until 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm
Do we need to book?
There is no need to book. Our visitor numbers in relation to the size of our gardens means that we can safely welcome everyone in without the need to book a ticket or a car parking space. Just turn up.
What is open?
The formal gardens are open as is the Grove, Woodland Walk and children’s play zone. The toilet facilities are open and are being regularly checked and cleaned and our Gardeners Kitchen café is open and offering take away, (please note the café and toilet facilities are only available to visitors who have paid to visit the gardens. We cannot allow access just for a cafe / toilet visit). PLEASE NOTE the wearing of masks is compulsory when inside the café.
How much is it to visit?
The price to visit in Low Season (November – February) is £6 for Adults, £3 for Children (4-16 years) and £15 for a family ticket (up to 2 Adults and 3 Children). Car parking is £2 per car. Season Ticket holder’s receive FREE entry and free parking.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, dogs on leads are very welcome at Arley and are allowed in all areas of the grounds, the gift shop and the Gardeners Kitchen.
Can I bring my own food?
Under the January Lockdown guidelines picnics are not allowed. The gardens are open for essential exercise rather than socialising and the guidelines issued by the government state that picnics are not permitted. We do have benches and seating around the grounds allowing you to take a breather and enjoy the views but please do not use these for picnics until the lockdown guidelines change.
What measures are in place to keep us safe?
There is a clear one-way system into the shop. We have no touch hand sanitiser units for your use at the shop counter, in the café entrance, outside the toilets, at the Playzone entry point and within the Cruck Barn and the café is serving everything in single use disposable cartons. We recommend card payment where possible and clean down all high touch areas regularly. There is a one-way exit route out so that arriving and departing visitors can safely pass.
When will the Hall re-open?
The current lockdown guidelines state that all indoor areas must close, therefore the Hall, Chapel and Vinery within the gardens must remain closed.
Can I buy / renew my season ticket?
Yes, you can do this in the shop on arrival. Season tickets are £35 for a single ticket, £60 for joint and £75 for a family. They are valid for 12 months and also entitle the member to 10% discount in the shop, Gardeners Kitchen and Nursery. Car parking is also free.
Can I just come for coffee or to use the toilets?
Unfortunately, we do not allow entry to visitors who just wish to visit the Gardeners Kitchen or use the toilet facilities without paying to visit the gardens.
Do I have to pay for Car Parking?
Yes, we charge £2 to park on our car park and ask that you pay this at the Shop. Season ticket holders and valid blue badge holders are excluded from parking charges.
Do you offer concessions?
Children up to the age of 4 are free and carers also receive free entry to the gardens. We have manual and motorised wheelchairs available for hire and they can be booked via our shop on 01565 777 353 – please note that pre-booking is advised
Arley is a lovely route to cycle but please note that this is a private estate and if you choose to cycle anywhere other than the footpaths and bridle paths please respect that you are on private land and as such will be asked to follow our guidelines. If you decide to take a breather and enjoy our surroundings, please use the bike racks by the shop entrance before paying for entry via the shop.
The Arley estate is open between every day from 10am until 4pm, outside of these hours (unless you are on the public access paths / bridleways) you are not permitted anywhere on the estate. Please respect that this is private land and outside of visitor opening hours you are not permitted onto the estate.
If you have any further questions, please ring the estate office on 01565 777 353 please choose option 3 when prompted
Thanks for visiting