National Trust Charlecote Park

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Outdoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels.

Charlecote Park | National Trust near Coventry

Parkland and Gardens
Open daily 9am - 5pm, last entry at 4pm
There are acres of parkland to explore at Charlecote Park. Through every season and in all weather, the parkland provides a haven for wildlife, beautiful views and a relaxing day out in nature. Enjoy crisp, frosty walks in the winter, golden hues in the autumn, warm, sunny picnics in the summer, and fresh, invigorating adventures in the spring.

Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. Historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam freely at Charlecote Park. Please watch them from a distance as the deer are wild animals and will get stressed if you get too close.

Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting.


House
Open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 1pm, last entry at 12:45pm
Inside the house you'll see the grand Victorian interiors. Explore the five ground floor rooms and discover how the team are working to ensure the collection survives, along with the challenges from pests, mould, climate change and heating, they are currently battling.

Entry into the house is on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday only. Entrance is by timed ticket only. There are limited tickets available. These are issued in 15 minute intervals from Visitor Reception on a first come, first served basis, and cannot be prebooked.


Outbuildings
Open daily from 10:30am - 4:30pm
Explore the surrounding Service Courtyard - look inside the Laundry to see where the washing took place. Walk through to the Brewhouse to gaze as the huge wooden distilling tubs. Discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell.


Eating and drinking
Cafe open daily from 9:30am - 5pm
Enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake from the Wood Yard Cafe. Sit in or takeaway - there are a selection of table available inside, with plenty of seating outside in the courtyard.

On busy days and weekends, grab something to go from the Tea Garden trailer. Bring a rug and your own picnic to enjoy by the riverside or pull up a picnic bench for a feast with the family outdoors.


Shopping - Gifts, plants and second-hand books
Servants' Hall Gift Shop open daily from 9:30am - 4:30pm
Avenue Plant Shop open Thursday - Sunday, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Second-hand Bookshop open daily from 10:30am - 4:30pm


Browse a wonderful range of National Trust gifts and goodies in the Servants' Hall shop. Choose from books, candles, house hold items, clothing, kid's toys and delicious treats. Head into Avenue Plants for all your gardening needs, with tools, seeds and in-season plants. Everything you spend with us, goes directly back into looking after Charlecote.

The second-handbook shop has recently reopened. Please note we are not yet able to accept book donations.


Dogs at Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads, along designated routes in the parkland. The parkland is open from 9am so you can enjoy an early-morning stroll away from the bustle later in the day. There is free roaming livestock and lots of wildlife in the parkland so your dog must remain on a lead at all times.

Dog poo bins and water bowls are provided around the parkland. Dogs are welcome inside the Wood Yard cafe but only assistance dogs are allowed in any other buildings. To find out more about dog walking at Charlecote and to download a map, please visit our Dog Walking page.


Facilities and Access

  • Free parking - designated accessible parking spaces are available near Visitor Reception.
  • Toilet facilities - located near the Gatehouse, including accessible toilet
  • Baby-changing facilities - available in the Gatehouse toilets.
  • Induction loops - available.
  • Access - there are grassy and uneven pathways and slopes in the parkland, and loose gravel and cobbled floors to navigate around the property.
  • Closures - we may need to close parts of the parkland due to flooding or high winds. Please check the website or social media before you visit.
  • Groups welcome - please contact us to arrange your visit.

Prices
Entry is free for National Trust members. If you're not yet a member, admission prices apply. Please see the website for details.
(Are you visiting more than one National Trust place this year? Chat to our team when you visit to see how you could benefit from membership).

Please note that this parkland is managed but is not a farm or a petting zoo. The animals are free to roam as they please which means they may not always be visible when you visit. Please do not feed, touch or approach the deer, sheep or any of the other wildlife in the parkland. As wild creatures, they can be unpredictable and may scare easily.


Covid Safety
We have removed our booking system for the parkland, but continue to keep a close eye on numbers. Face coverings are no longer compulsory but we do encourage you to wear them inside any indoor space, to help us keep our staff and volunteers safe. Social distancing is also encouraged. Limited numbers are allowed in the house using timed tickets. Hand gel is available in several locations and thorough, regular cleaning checks are carried out in the toilets.

Open hours

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00