Visitor FAQs

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When is the best time to visit the garden?

The Walled Garden looks at its best from the end of May through until the end of August. It is an unusually late garden.

However, a key component of the design is to create interest throughout the year. To admire the structure of the garden then you are best visiting earlier in the season. For beautiful autumnal shades, particularly with the grasses, then September and October is the best time to come.

If you are visiting the Walled Garden in April you will be offered a free upgrade to see the Parkland and Hall gardens, which are alive with spring bulbs and colour.

What are the opening times for the Hall & Garden?

For our full opening times please see Opening Times & Prices

The Gardens are open annually from Easter until the end of October, Tuesday – Sunday, as well as Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm.

The Hall opens the last bank holiday of May, and closes at the end of July. The Hall is viewed by guided tours, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Public guided tours run on Tuesday – Friday and Sundays, as well as Bank Holiday Mondays.

How long does a visit to Scampston take?

How long is a piece of string! We would normally recommend that you leave at least an hour to explore the Walled Garden and Conservatory. If you are a really keen gardener you will probably want at least two hours.

To explore the Parkland and Hall gardens you will need a further hour at least. The advised route is just under one mile, so it depends on the speed you wish to explore at.

A hall tours takes approximately 40 minutes, and these run in the afternoon.

There is also plenty of temptation in the Garden Café with our freshly baked scones and delicious lunches, enough to keep you busy for a further hour!

I am a member of the HHA, can I visit the Hall and gardens for free?

Unfortunately HHA memberships must now be registered through HHA itself and we are now unable to register you as a member. With your HHA membership you ill be able to enter the gardens for free. If you are visiting during the Hall opening season, you will also be able to book onto a Hall tour for free.

I want to join the HHA, can I do this at Scampston?

As with all other sites, we are now unable to register new Historic Houses members. This must be done on the Historic Houses website

I am a member of the RHS, can I visit for free?

As an RHS Partner Garden, we offer free entry to RHS members on Fridays and everyday throughout October. You will find us in the RHS handbook.

I am a carer, do you offer special entry prices?

Carers are entitled to free entry when accompanying disabled visitors.

I would like to visit the Garden Café, do I need to buy a ticket for the Walled Garden if I don’t in

No, you are very welcome to visit the Café, Plant sales area and gift shop without buying a ticket to the gardens.

I would like to reserve a table in the Café for a special occasion, is this possible?

We normally only take reservations for parties of 6 people or more. Please call the Café on 01944 759000 to make a booking.

How can I reserve a mobility scooter for my visit?

If you wish to book in advance, which is advisable especially during high season, please call 01944 759111 or email

I would like to visit the Hall outside of the public opening season, is this possible?

We can arrange for private tours of the Hall outside of the opening season, though this is dependent on the size of your group, which would need to be ten or more people. Please contact us on 01944 759111 or

Are dogs allowed in the Walled Garden and Parkland?

Dogs are permitted in certain areas of the Parkland on leads. The ticket office will outline these areas on the estate map upon your arrival. 

We are unable to allow dogs into the Walled Garden, but please feel free to bring your dog to the terrace outside of the cafe.