What is there to see?
There is always lots to see at Kentwell, but what exactly depends on the day you visit. The house changes little throughout the year unless it is being used for a special event, but there is always something changing in the gardens and estate and we often have particular focuses throughout the year. Kentwell changes throughout the seasons: in spring you can see our mass of spring bulbs and new lambs frolicking in the field, and if you are lucky see one being born. In summer the gardens are in full bloom; in early Autumn celebrate apple day and the potager in full harvest.
How long should we spend at Kentwell?
It is up to you. We usually advise that a visit to the house and gardens on a 'normal' opening day takes about 3 hours-but if you choose to read every information board and go on every route around the estate, it could take much longer!
Do we need to book tickets?
All online bookings (for general house opening and special events) get at least a 10% discount, so it is worth booking online if you know you are coming to visit. You can buy tickets on the day however.
For most special events we only have a limited amount of tickets, which for some events sell out very fast, so it is worth booking as soon as you know how many tickets you would like.
Is there food and drink available?
Yes, we always have light lunches and teas available from our Stableyard Tearoom. Click here for more information.
Our 16th century style Alehouse is open on certain Re-Creation Days. It serves 16th century inspired food and drink, usually pottage (a stew of beans and seasonal vegetables), bread from our bakehouse and local ale.
Can we bring a picnic?
Kentwell does not allow picnics within the grounds. You may however picnic in our picnic area which is just next to the gatehouses, with a view of the house (except during the Great Annual Re-Creation), and also in the ancient lime avenue (popular on hot summer days)
Is Kentwell wheelchair accessible?
The majority of the estate is fully wheelchair accessible in good weather. If it has been raining the ground can get muddy. As a Grade 1 historic house we cannot install permanent ramps and lifts, however we have temporary ramps for wheelchair users to enter the ground floor of the main house. Regretfully, we do not permit motorised wheelchairs in the House.
May we bring buggies into the House?
We ask that you do not bring your buggies, prams, pushchairs etc into the house. We have HipSeats available to borrow from our Gift Shop.
Do you have any reductions for unemployed, disabled, student visitors etc?
We offer reductions in entry price for carers of disabled visitors and children's tickets for those under 16.
Are you part of the National Trust?
No, we are not part of the National Trust; there is another stately home in Long Melford, Melford Hall that is a National Trust Property. We are a member of the Historic Houses Association, and card holders can enter on a normal house-opening day for free.
Do we have to pay for parking?
Kentwell provides free parking for all visitors in our ancient lime avenue and parkland just outside our main gates and gatehouses.
Are dogs allowed to visit Kentwell?
No dogs, except guide dogs, are allowed within the grounds. We have a variety of animals and birds on site and we don't want them to be disturbed - even the best behaved dogs might be tempted to chase them! Dogs may be exercised in our avenue or car park field, but on hot days we cannot guarantee shaded parking and would advise not bringing your dog with you.