- Event dates
29 Jul - 23 Oct
- Opening times
12:00 – 16:00
Current Opening: daily from Wednesdays to Sundays -entry from 12 noon until 3pm. The Gardens will close at 4pm.
While the Gardens are open during the virus, please observe the rules and precautions we set out below.
Kentwell's Gardens provide a haven of tranquility and beauty in a challenging world. A feeling of naturalness and they are not over-manicured where visitors can lose themselves in the moment, The 16th C House and 15th C Moat House may not be open (due to the virus) but are ever present. Their beauty and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone. There is an aura of timelessness created by the mellow red brick and the water of the extensive moats and the ancient trees from our 1000 year-old oak to a lawn guarded by England's most majestic Cedars.
There is also a strong sense of the past which is not surprising given that the Gardens here developed over six centuries and the keen eye will find elements from each. There's a sense of fun too; from the sculpted tree and courtyard maze to the yew castle and varied topiary, some of it truly massive, encountered throughout. Topiary here is not a constant dull green but has may hues and as many shapes. All the shaping is not green; the gnarled arms of the ancient espalier fruit trees, the hornbeam hedge of the magic circle or the long avenue of pyramidical lime trees all as striking bare as when in full leaf.
A twelve year-old boy recently volunteered after spending two hours in the Gardens, having been dragged here by a parent, that he was not bored for a moment. That's to be expected when the gardens are decorated with a different feeling during events, but he was describing a day without any. These are gardens to make you smile whatever your age.
Booking: please book on-line, in advance so we know that you are coming and we have your full contact details. We will limit the number of people on site each day. If you have booked entry, please check our website before travelling, in case circumstances have changed. If you have not pre-booked and we reach our maximum numbers, we may not be able to let you in.
If you are Season Ticket holders, or Historic Houses members, please also book your tickets on-line.
Virus Precautions: Visitors must use the map provided and observe current social distancing guidelines, as they follow the one-way route around the gardens. Rules and precautions for visitors are displayed on entry and at points in the Gardens. Please bring gloves and hand sanitiser, and wear lower face coverings if you choose.
Refreshments: The Paddocks Tea Garden will be open for light lunches and teas during opening hours.
Facilities: the loos near the Tea Garden area will be available for use, on a one-out/one-in basis. We ask all visitors to wash their hands upon entering as well as leaving these facilities.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Gardens opening days
- Special event
Tickets & prices
Get your tickets online & save
Online tickets must be booked before 9:00am of the day of your visit — but you can nearly always buy tickets on the day at the gate. You'll be able to choose dates and use your season ticket discounts during checkout.
|Online||On the day|
|Child under 5 yrs||FREE||FREE|
|Child 5-15 yrs||£7.50||£12.00|
|Senior over 64 yrs||£10.00||£12.00|
Group discounts available at checkout for parties of over 15 people.