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 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 return voucher to use later on in the season. 

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 the end of March until the end of October, Wednesday – Sunday, as well as Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm.

The Hall opens mid-May until at the end of July. The Hall is viewed by guided tours at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Public guided tours run on Wednesday – 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 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 want to join Historic Houses, 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?

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 use of the mobility scooter please book in advance by phone on 01944 759111 or email

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

We can arrange 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 or Hall gardens but please feel free to bring your dog to the terrace outside of the cafe. 

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

With your Historic Houses membership you will 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. Unfortunately Historic Houses memberships must now be registered through Historic Houses itself and we are now unable to register you as a member.