Visit Update

We’ve made a few changes, to help make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.


PAGE UPDATED: Thursday 15 July 2021

To keep visitors updated about available facilities at Newstead Abbey & Gardens, in line with the latest government guidelines that are summarised on My Nottingham News.

Please see information about our facilities available below, as per the latest government guidelines.


Our top priority is the Health and Safety of our visitors and staff.

This dedicated page provides information about the facilities and services currently available at available at Newstead Abbey & Gardens as well as the safety measures we have in place.

Scroll down to read the latest updates about each part of your visit.

Please remember to check this page for the latest information before each visit.

Historic House & Abbey

The Historic House Museum opens on weekends only.

Many other facilities, events & activities remain open throughout the park with covid safety measures in place, see below for more detail.

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Gardens & Park

Newstead Park, Formal Gardens & play areas are open to the public, in line with government guidance.

Access to the Formal Gardens is available via the 5 bar gate, while the gate from the south lodge, hawks lawn and the one near the sewage plant near the garden house is locked. This is in place temporarily while we have sheep in Paradise Field and to give the land a chance to rest before the summer season.

** Season ticket holders can enter during open hours. After 3.30pm entry is for season ticket holders only.
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Retail shop & café kiosk

Café kiosks (takeaway) are open with covid-safety measures in place, including contactless payment only.

Shop is open.

External concessions may be available on site at times with risk assessments in place. These are contactless payments only also.

** Season ticket holders can enter during open hours. After 3.30pm entry is for season ticket holders only.
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Toilets & car parking

Toilets & baby changing facilities are open in the courtyard, during limited hours, subject to capacity and maintenance.

Car park charges will be contactless payment (£6 per car or £2 for walkers and cyclists – it’s free for under-5s). No cash payments for car parking.

Regularly visiting? Did you know we have a Car Park Season Pass available? It’s £50 for Newstead Abbey * , or £100 for a combined pass with our sister site Wollaton Hall.

* The annual pass is registered to one person and one vehicle – it then covers all those in the vehicle for entry to the grounds and gardens, and for admission to the house it covers up to 2 adults and 2 children, when accompanying the card holder.

** Season ticket holders can enter during open hours. After 3.30pm entry is for season ticket holders only.
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Events & activities

For all available events and activities in line with the government guidelines, please visit out What’s On page.

If you have any concerns about an event or activity you have arranged, please get in touch.


Covid safety measures

We’ve added a number of control measures to protect our visitors and team members:

Visitors should keep in mind the latest government guidelines for their visit.

Visitors should use the grass alongside the tarmac path, to ensure easy passing on narrow paths.

While inside buildings, such as the Historic House & café kiosk, visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings and socially distance for the safety of all visitors, team members & volunteers. Footfall is restricted inside buildings to help accommodate social distancing.

Hand sanitising stations have been installed in the toilets and around the sites at entrance to courtyard, café kiosks and play areas etc, and we kindly ask that all visitors make use of to clean their hands regularly.

Approaching till points, we have marked spaces on the floor to help the flow of visitors.

Queuing systems are in place in our toilets, and café kiosk to help the flow of visitors. The courtyard capacity is monitored and additional restrictions may be put in for everyone’s safety.

Any payments made on site are by contactless payment only. This includes car parking, café kiosk and external vendors on site.

All team members have received additional training to ensure they work safely, in line with Coronavirus procedures.

Visitors should keep in mind the latest government guidelines for their visit.

Park & wildlife safety measures

Cyclists, runners and active walkers are recommended to use the grass alongside the tarmac path, to ensure easy passing on narrow paths.

Comfortable clothing & footwear is recommended at all times, particularly during rainy or icy weather.

BBQs are not permitted in the park, as they pose a danger to the wild peacocks and other wildlife.

We request that all visitors take litter home, where possible, as with increased demand at parks, this will help us keep the parks safe for all wildlife.

As we have peacocks and other wildlife throughout the grounds, dogs should be kept on leads  at all times; and maintain a wide berth from wildlife.

Drones are not permitted except by contractors commissioned by Nottingham City Council for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and operate under controlled conditions.


We appreciate that this will be a difficult time for customers and our teams, and hope that the park & grounds will offer a little respite over the coming weeks.

We have a ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark, awarded by Visit Britain, for following government guidelines in relation to Covid-19, ensuring social distancing can be maintained, cleanliness procedures are in place, and have necessary risk assessments also.

We continue to pay close attention to all government guidelines that are updated through My Nottingham News and will keep you updated via our page here, so please continue to check this page before each visit.

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