With its remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects, the American Museum & Gardens showcases the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. The only museum of Americana outside of the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the 30 acres surrounding the house have been developed with formal gardens incuding a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon, a children's play area and parklands.
There is level access from the main entrance to:New American GardenManor HouseTicket OfficeExhibition Gallery ToiletsCoach House ToiletsThe Garden CaféExhibitionNew American Garden Mount Vernon GardenTerraceChildrens Garden
There is level access from the car park to:Picnic Area
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Garden Café Toilets
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Manor House lift
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
All 3 floors of the Manor House are accessible by using the lift.
Wheelchairs are available on request.
There is ample seating throughout the Manor House.
Spectator/ Audience viewing areas
Garden Café 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 and in the Coach House.
Exhibition Gallery Toilets
The Gallery Toilets are currently closed until we are allowed to reopen the Exhibition gallery, subject to Goverment Covid-19 Guidance.
Alternative toilets, including accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities, are available at the Coach house (See below)
Coach House Toilets
The Garden Café
The temporary museum exhibition space is currently unavailable due to Government Covid-19 Guidence.
The exhibition currently has a one-way system in place, with moveable barriers to accomodate accessibilty.
Getting around outside
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: email@example.com 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.
There is level access around the Childrens Garden
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