Witley Court and Gardens


Once staffed by over 100 servants and host to lavish parties, Witley Court was accidentally burned to a roofless shell in 1937. Today, it is a spectacular ruin hinting at past grandeur, with vast grounds and woodlands to explore. 

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

You and your group don’t need to have a COVID Pass to visit, but please don’t visit if you or any of your group have symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or if you’ve been asked to self-isolate. We’ll always follow the latest government guidance, and if anything changes we’ll update this page to let you know our plans.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • Face coverings are now legally required in all our indoor public places, including our visitor centres, shops, on all on-site transport, and in our cafes except when you are eating or drinking (unless exempt)
  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • In order to process your enquiry as quickly as possible, please ensure you have provided the following information, or have this information ready when you speak to one of our advisers: visit arrival and departure time; age range of the group; subject(s) to be studied; learning objective; number of learners and leaders; name of trip organiser; name of trip leader; SEND requirements. Go to our bookings page to make an enquiry or update an existing booking.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

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Curriculum links

A visit to Witley Court offers cross curriculum links across the key stages:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1 Science: Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
  • KS3 History: A local history study. Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Free Self-led Visits

Book a free self-led visit to Witley Court and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Discover the beautiful shell of this colossal Victorian country house mansion, with its sweeping driveway, impressive architecture and fountains. Explore the vast grounds, including gardens and woodland, to study a range of plants, wildlife and habitats.

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Blooming Gardens Art Exhibition for KS4-5

Take part in this year’s Blooming Gardens Art Exhibition for KS4 and KS5 students.

The exhibition is designed to complement your classroom work and provide a creative outlet for students beyond their portfolio, enabling them to showcase their work in the unique setting that inspired it.

Witley Court and Gardens provides an opportunity for students to explore a wide range of organic forms and colours in the gardens and study the contrast between the built environment and natural forms.

Your students can visit for free as many times as they need to gather inspiration to create their own piece of art in any media.

Register for more information and to book a free self-led visit with your students. Our Education Visits Officer will also be in touch to discuss the event with you.

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Plan Your Trip

We  have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources  to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking charges apply to non-members. The car park has over 100 spaces (including an overflow car park) and is adjacent to the visitor centre (approx. 500 metres from the house). There are four coach bays available. Please note: There is no off-site parking available.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There is a picnic area with tables next to the visitor centre. Hot and cold drinks are available from the visitor centre.
    • SHOP: The shop is open. Please bring your students in supervised small groups.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets are located next to the visitor centre. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the house.
    • GARDENS: The grounds at Witley Court extend over 40 acres and include a lake, woodland, wilderness and formal gardens. Please note the play area is currently closed.
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