Coronavirus (Covid-19)

All you need to know about changes to Newstead Abbey & Gardens in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) period.

 As our top priority is to ensure the Health and Safety of customers and staff, we have our dedicated page that takes into consideration the government guidelines for maintaining social distancing, while updating you on the services and facilities available at Newstead Abbey & Gardens

Please see the updates below and check this page before each visit.


  • Newstead Park is open, including the car park, formal gardens, toilets & baby changing.

  • Newstead Park & Formal gardens are open during the core opening hours only (10 am - 4.30 pm). The grounds are not open to visitors in the evening, though visitors are welcome during the day.

  • Car park charges apply (£6 per car or £2 walkers & cyclists - it's free for under 5's). The vehicle entrance opens from 9.30 am.

  • Toilets & baby changing are open with a queue system in the courtyard, during limited hours, subject to capacity and maintenance.

  • Café kiosk will be available with takeaway service and a queuing systemLimited service and contactless payment only.

  • The shops are open in the Courtyard with limited numbers permitted in the shop at any one time

  • External concessions will be available on site, including an Ice Cream van. These are contactless payment only.

  • Newstead Abbey Historic House remains closed, including the play areas.

  • All public events & activities remain postponed and suspended until further notice.

  • Car parking season tickets will be extended for the closure period.


  • Cyclists, runners & active walkers are recommended to use the grass alongside the tarmac path, to ensure social distancing (2M) is possible on narrow paths.

  • BBQ's are not permitted in the park, as they pose a danger to other wildlife.

  • We request that all visitors take litter home, where possible, as with increased demand at parks, this will help us keep the parks safe for all wildlife. 
  • As we have peacocks and other wildlife throughout the grounds, we recommend to ensure your dog is on a lead when close to wildlife.

  • Newstead Park & Formal Gardens close at 4.30 pm and are not open to visitors in the evening, so please be aware of departure times.

We hope that the park, grounds & facilities offer enjoyment over the coming weeks for all those accessing them.

Be assured for all facilities, we action risk assessments & training of all team members to ensure operation is in line with government guidelines.

For all postponed events, our customer service teams are working remotely and will be in touch with customers affected by these changes to facilitate how we can best help. Please do contact us if you have any arrangements you would like to discuss. We are unfortunately unable to update by phone at this time, though we endeavour to answer by email as soon as possible.

We are also working closely with suppliers, and events vendors to work through postponing any planned activity over the coming weeks, and we will continue to update you via this dedicated page when event activity can be rescheduled.

We continue to pay close attention to all government recommendations being updated through the Nottingham City Council page and will keep you updated via our page here, so please continue to check this page before each visit.