COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - Welcome back to the Gardens!

Opening Dates Times

The Gardens will be open daily with 2 timed sessions:

10.30 - 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm.

The Gardens will close on 1st November 2020 until March 2021.

How to Book your Tickets to The Gardens

We are moving to an entirely online booking service so that we can manage the capacity of visitors to maintain social distancing, both within the gardens and at the entry points.

Due to the current opening arrangements and the need to purchase all tickets in advance, no other discount offers are available at the present time

The Gardens




(3-15 years)



(2 adults & 3 children)


To visit the Gardens you will need to have both of the following:

1. A pre-booked time slot for each person visiting - including children. Children under 3 do not need an Annual Pass or Friends card, but do need to reserve a time slot. Time slots for your visit will be released weekly on Monday mornings at 11am for the week (starting from the Wednesday following) in advance. There is no charge for booking your time slot.

2. A valid Annual Pass e-ticket, (all tickets to the Gardens are classified as an Annual Pass), valid Friends of Burghley membership, or HH Card. If you do not already have a valid Annual Pass, Friends card or HH membership card, you will need to purchase an Annual Pass per visitor. Annual Pass tickets purchased this year will be valid for 365 from the date of purchase allowing you to visit for the remainder of this open season and return next season as well.

If you wish to purchase both time slot tickets and Annual Passes in the same transaction, please add your timeslot ticket to the basket FIRST and then add your annual passes.

What will be open

The Garden of Surprises will be open, although there will be limited access to certain areas and no contact with water features. To maintain your safety, the children’s paddling area, maze and viewing mound will be closed. The Sculpture Garden will be fully open including our new areas of herbaceous planting and a selection of new sculpture.

The toilets near the gardens are open and we ask that you adhere to social distancing and the guidance of our staff as you use these. They will be regularly cleaned and maintained by our team.

The Garden Shed will be open providing hot and cold drinks, ice creams and cakes. You are welcome to picnic in the Park or the Sculpture Garden but please take your litter to the nearest bin.

The Garden Shop is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm (closed 1pm-2pm). To aid social distancing please only enter the Garden Shop one family at a time. The Courtyard Shop will be open from 5th August to 11th October Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. There will be a maximum of 8 people allowed in the Courtyard Shop at a time. You do not need a timed ticket to visit the Shops but please note that in accordance with Government guidelines face coverings will need to be worn.

The Orangery Cafe & Takeaway will be open - Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Serving a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks all in takeaway packaging. You are welcome to eat and drink inside the Orangery, outside in the Rose Garden or take your order away with you. The Shed in the Park remains open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm supplying takeaway teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams.

There will be bins available on site for you to dispose of picnic litter and dog waste responsibly, and we appreciate your co-operation in keeping the Gardens and Park tidy.

The Parkland remains open daily from 7am to 6pm with no admission fees or parking charges. You are welcome to visit the Park before or after your Gardens visit if you wish.

Please note that dogs are allowed on a lead in the Park, but no dogs are allowed in the gardens.

What happens when you arrive and what to expect

Please remember to bring your time slot reservation ticket along with your Annual Pass eticket or Annual Pass wallet, Friends or HH card to the entry kiosks to be scanned. Time slot reservations can be shown on mobile phone or by printed copy.

We wish to provide you with a contactless experience and are unable to provide you with any physical tickets or information leaflets at the entry point. However, if you wish to exit and re-enter the gardens at any time within your time slot we can re-scan your original ticket.

Please note that we will be unable to look up your existing Annual Pass details on entry. Please email in advance of booking your time slot for help in obtaining a copy of your original eticket.

Maintaining your safety on arrival

Please be assured that there will be a member of our team at the entrance gates, behind a perspex screen, wearing the recommended PPE, to welcome you and to be available should you need any assistance.

You will see handsanitiser stations around the site, which we encourage you to use.

We have placed distance markers and will be using signs to encourage anyone queuing to maintain a 2-metre gap. However, pre-booking an arrival time online will help us to manage the flow of people through the ticket kiosks and into the gardens. Every measure we have put in place is in line with current government guidelines.

An information guide and map to the gardens is available to download for free from our website and we recommend you do this in advance of your visit. There is no public wifi available in the gardens.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and digest all the information. We look forward to seeing you in the very near future.

All tickets to the Gardens are available as annual passes at no extra charge and eligible for gift aid. These passes will allow access to the Gardens for a full year from the date of purchase.

Visitor Guidelines for the Gardens

  • Please supervise your children at all times. (A minimum of one adult to every four children is required).
  • To protect little toes from bumps and scrapes footwear has to be worn.
  • Sorry no dogs or ball games.
  • You are welcome to eat your picnics in the Sculpture Garden where there is plenty of space to do so.
  • The water in the Garden of Surprises is not suitable for drinking, but please visit our Garden Cafe or Shed where we can refill your water bottles for free or you can purchase water if needed.
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