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Covid-19 update

This page was last updated 5 March 2021

Dear Garden Visitor,

It was with a sad heart that we had to take the decision to keep Morton Hall Gardens closed for the whole of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the government's road map, we are delighted to be able to open our gardens by appointment from 1st April .

Drawing on the experience gained in gardens which have been open since the end of the first national lockdown, we feel that we can now put measures in place to keep you and our staff safe during your visit.

The current rules allow groups of up to six persons from up to two households to gather in a private or public garden. To make your visit possible under these restrictions, stay within such groups for the duration of your visit.

All our staff will wear FFP2 masks, and we would encourage everybody who feels comfortable wearing a mask, to do the same. There will be a hand sanitization station at the entrance to the garden.

You will be able to explore our lovely spring meadows and the formal gardens at your leisure. There will only be limited access to our woodland gardens in a one-way system. Rest assured that you will still be able to see everything!

During the month of April, in line with current restrictions, there will be no food available. There will also be no access to toilets, so, please, take this into account when planning your visit.

The admission charge for this, slightly restricted, but safe visiting experience will be £10 per person.

We plan to also go ahead with our 2021 Tulip Festival from 1st to 3rd May and our NGS Open Day on 28th August.

Together with our partners, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bloms Bulbs, we are developing a format which will allow us to host the Tulip Festival in a safe way, in line with the government’s regulations and recommendations.

Our plans will evolve along with the COVID-19 situation. We will keep you updated through this page, so you are fully informed ahead of your visit. Please make sure that you check the latest information.

One significant change to previous years is that tickets for the Tulip Festival will need to be pre-purchased via the RSC website. Following the procedure implemented by the National Trust and most private gardens, we will sell timed tickets to ensure that visitors are able to keep the necessary social distance.

All those holding a ticket for the cancelled 2020 festival, will be able to exchange it for a 2021 ticket.

There will be no ticket sales on the day.

All food and shop sales will be by card only.

We very much look forward to welcoming you again!