FAQs

If you have a question about your visit to Bowood, you may find it here.

If you have any specific questions, please contact us here.

Bowood House & Gardens opens from 1st April – 1st November 2022. Opening hour’s are 11:00 last admissions at 17:00 closing at 18:00. After the Autumn clock change on the 30th October last admissions is at 4pm and Bowood closes at 5:00pm.

Bowood Woodland Gardens, a separate attraction on the Bowood Estate, is only open for 6 weeks* during the flowering season – are now closed and will open again mid-April 2023. *See website for dates.

Day Tickets and Private Walled Garden Tour tickets can all be purchased online here.

Season Tickets are no longer available for the 2022 season.

We do recommend to purchase our Bowood House & Gardens Day Tickets in advance, however if you are unable to pre book your day tickets online, these can be purchased on the day of your visit at admissions, but please note there may be a delay during busy periods.

Tickets for our Private Walled Garden Tours available on selective dates throughout the season, must be purchased in advance.

Bowood House & Gardens opens at 11:00am, with last admissions at 17:00pm, closing at 18:00pm. After the Autumn clock change, last admissions will be at 16:00pm closing at 17:00pm. Every day for the 2022 season from 1st April – 1st November.

Bowood House & Gift Shop closes at 17:00, with last entry at 16:30. The Adventure Playground closes at 17:45. The Treehouse Café is open for both a takeaway and eat-in service. The Stables Restaurant, located in the House, offering light bites, Tea and Cakes. (see our Food & Drink page for more information).

The Woodland Gardens are now closed and will re open for the flowering season mid-April to early June 2023.

Only working Assistance Dogs are permitted at Bowood House & Gardens.

 

Please create an account online prior to purchasing your tickets. This will enable you to log into your account to change your date of visit online up to 24-hours prior to your arrival.

 

 

We do offer discounted group rates to groups of 12 or more. This needs to be booked in advance. Please contact us on houseandgardens@bowood.org for prices and to book.

Please visit our Group Tours page for more information on the Tours we offer.

RHS members receive complimentary entry to the Woodland Gardens only, open from 15th April to 5th June 2022. Please ensure you show your RHS Membership card on arrival to gain access.

The 2for1 Gardeners’ World offer is valid between May and June.

Receive one free entry with one full-paying adult, with your Gardeners’ World Magazine 2-for-1 entry card.

Please purchase one full price Adult Day Ticket alongside a free Gardeners’ World day ticket. Please bring your card along with you to show at Admissions. Without this 2for1 card, you will be asked to pay full price for the second ticket.

This offer is valid at Bowood House & Gardens from 1st May until 30th June 2022.

This offer is valid at Bowood Woodland Gardens from 1st May until 5th June 2022

Please visit our tickets page here for more information.

We no longer offer complimentary access for Historic Houses members. Please book your day tickets online here.

 

 

For the months of April, May and June 2022, we are offering English Heritage members 20% discount off Senior and Adult Day Tickets for the House & Gardens only (not the Woodland Gardens). The Day Tickets must be pre-purchased online in advance,  please use promotion code BWHG20 at checkout. On arrival you will need to show your English Heritage membership card with your tickets.
*This offer has now expired.*

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult in the grounds at all times.

Complimentary car parking is available next to admissions.
Please do not leave pets in parked cars.
By using our car park, you do so at your own risk. Bowood is not able to accept any responsibility for damage, accidents, or losses.

There are no overnight parking or camping facilities on the Estate. Accommodation is available at Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, a short walk away.

The Treehouse Café is located by admissions and serves hot food, drinks and snacks throughout the day. You can also visit The Stables Restaurant* located within Bowood House.

The Stables Restaurant, located in the House, is open for light bites, Tea, Coffee, Cakes and refreshments and will be closing on the 1st September.

Picnics are allowed within the grounds (except the Terraces by the House) and picnic benches are provided.

We regret that barbeques are not permitted anywhere within the Grounds including the car park.

Please note that during inclement weather, the Flying Fox (zip wire), Jumping Pillows, and large outdoor slides will be closed, however all other attractions remain unaffected.  There are no reductions/discounts available in poor weather.  Bowood management reserves the right to close the House and Gardens in exceptional circumstances.

Bowood welcomes people with disabilities and offers half-price admissions for visitors with disabilities and their carers/assistants. Working Assistance Dogs are also welcome.

Please also note paths around the House and Grounds are gravel therefore Wheelchairs and Pushchairs may find it difficult. Designated parking is available, and wheelchairs can be borrowed, subject to availability. Visitors to the House may be allowed to drive to a set off point adjacent to Bowood House upon request. Please note that for safety and security reasons we would request to hold your car keys until departure.

Accessible toilets are initially provided in the Treehouse Café. Baby changing facilities are available in the Treehouse Café and next to the Adventure Playground. Please ask a member of the team if you require any assistance or for more information.

Disability and their registered Carer day tickets are discounted at 50% off our standard day ticket prices and can be purchased online. Please show the relevant paperwork at admissions along with your day ticket confirmation email.

Please show either a 1. Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance letter. 2. Personal Independence Payment Letter. 3. Letter from GP or consultant confirming the need for a full time carer. This does not need to be a letter of diagnosis. (All need to be dated within the last 12 months.) Without the relevant paperwork admissions will not be able to let you in to Bowood House & Gardens on this ticket.

Wheelchairs are available at the House & Gardens on a first come first serve basis.

Season Ticket Holders can access Bowood internal events on a complimentary basis. Any events operated via a third-party and held in the Bowood grounds incur a separate entry fee. Please visit the website for more information.

Yes, if you are a resident at Bowood Hotel Spa and Golf Resort during our open season from 1st April – 1st November,  you receive complimentary access into Bowood House & Gardens and the Woodland Gardens (15th April to early June). Please speak to the Hotel reception for more details. Tel: 01249 822 228 or email hotereception@bowood.org

No – Bowood House & Gardens will continue to operate as a cash free site.

Please note that smoking or vaping are not permitted on site.

Amateur photography and filming is allowed within the Grounds of Bowood, but not inside the House.

No commercial photography/film is allowed within the House or Gardens without our consent.  If you have a photography or filming request, please contact Sarah Forwood on s.forwood@bowood.org.

For filming please see our information HERE and complete our enquiry form.

Drones are not allowed on the Estate.

The Woodland Gardens are now closed and will re open for the flowering season mid-April to early June 2023.

For more information regarding the Woodland Gardens please visit here. 

 

Yes, you can visit the Woodland Gardens during the opening season as many times as you wish. Season Ticket Holders do not need to book tickets. Just need to show your 2022 Season Ticket Holder Card on arrival.

Woodland Gardens are open from 15th April until 5th June 2022 and will then close and not re-open again until the flowering season mid-April 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Swimming or paddling in the lake, cascade, or fountains is strictly forbidden.

Fishing on the lake is by annual permit only; day tickets are not available.  Please call 01249 812102 for more information.

 

Children’s bikes, scooters and skateboards are not allowed within the Grounds of Bowood House & Gardens or Bowood Woodland Gardens.

Parking is available opposite the Admissions point and bicycles may be left in our car park area but entirely at the owner’s risk. If you choose to cycle to visit us, please be aware that the roadways are very narrow.

Pushchairs are allowed.

Please email us at houseandgardens@bowood.org with your name and date of visit and a brief description of the item. We can then check our lost property items to see if this has been handed in and come back to you.

Visiting Bowood

We do ask that when visiting Bowood, you take care throughout the gardens and grounds.

CHILDREN
Please remember that all children (under the age of 16) visiting Bowood must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 18 or over), with a valid Day Ticket or Season Ticket, at all times. Please keep children and other vulnerable people supervised and safe, especially around the lake and cascade.

GROUNDS & GARDENS 
Please observe all notices during your visit – they are there for the safety of visitors and staff. Do not stray into cordoned-off areas. Under no circumstances should anything be picked or eaten from the grounds or gardens. Litter bins are available throughout the grounds.