We are delighted to be able to re-open our gardens, and our Exhibition, Night and Day, via timed entry. Manor house only accessible by timed visit, no pre booking. Extremely limited availability.
Native American shrubs, perennials, and bulbs feature heavily, but the garden is designed to work with the steep terrain and the view over the Limpley Stoke Valley.
Our gardens also feature a reproduction of George Washington’s upper garden as it would have appeared on his Mount Vernon estate in 1799. It features ornamental planting, fruit and vegetables, and boxwood hedges in the shape of four fleur de lis.
There is level access from the main entrance to:New American GardenManor HouseTicket OfficeExhibition Gallery toiletsExhibition Gallery shopThe Garden Cafe1930s Day and Night ExhibitionNew American Garden Mount Vernon GardenTerrace
There is level access from the car park to:Picnic Area
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Garden Cafe toilets
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
Please only one person at one time in the ticket office. The counter has a clear perspex screen in place. To access the accessible path into the garden you will need to exit the ticket office and enter through the side gate. Otherwise the one way system in place leads out on to steps down into the garden.
There is a hearing loop in the Ticket Office.
Things to See and Do
New American Garden
The Manor House is accessed by booking for a chaperoned house visit, via the Ticket Office, when on site only. There is no pre-booking in place. The chaperoned house visits are limited to a very small capacity, at set time slots. And so are only offered on a 'first come, first serve' basis.
All 3 floors of the Manor House are accessible by using the lift. There is a one way system, led by a volunteer guide in place, at present.
Wheelchairs are available on request.
There is ample seating throughout the Manor House.
Spectator/ Audience viewing areas
Garden Cafe toilets
The public toilets by the Garden Cafe do have a step to get into them.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the Exhibition Gallery building.
Exhibition Gallery toilets
Exhibition Gallery shop
A face mask or face covering is needed to be worn when entering the exhibition building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.
The Garden Cafe
The Garden Cafe is currently only providing a take-away service via a one-way system. Card payments only at this time. Please wear a face covering in the Cafe building, unless you are exempt.
1930s Day and Night Exhibition
The temporary museum exhibition 'Night and Day' on 1930s fashion is now open to visit. This is located in the Exhibition Gallery buiding. There is level access throughout, and seating available.
The exhibition currently has a one-way system in place, with moveable barriers to accomodate accessibilty.
You will need to be given a set time slot at the ticket office building in order to access this exhibition. Only 14 visitors allowed in this space at one time.
Getting around outside
New American Garden
We have a Tramper as part of our partnership with the Countryside Mobility Scheme which can be hired by visitors to access the gardens.
Manual wheelchairs are also available.
To book in advance please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 460503.
Mount Vernon Garden
A resin bonded gravel sloped path provides access to the Mount Vernon Garden from the New American Garden.
The level access route into the Mount Vernon Garden from the Garden Cafe is via a grassed and resin bonded gravel path. The grassed section may be inaccessible after heavy rain due to waterlogging.
There are 20 stone steps down into Mount Vernon Garden from the New American Garden.
The Terrace at the edge of the New American Garden and next to the Garden Cafe is the main outdoor seating area for visitors, especially for customers of the Garden Cafe.
It has a stone flag floor with multiple tables and chairs. Dog water bowls are provided in this area.
Customer care support
We can provide three manual wheelchairs, subject to availability. Please ask at the Ticket Office on arrival.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support