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We are delighted to be able to welcome you back to Holdenby Gardens & Icarus Falconry Centre with some exciting new features to see during your visit!

Firstly, as Falconry has been practised at Holdenby since King James I owned it, we are this year offering the exciting addition of visiting Icarus Falconry’s magnificent resident birds of prey as part of your visit.

Secondly, as you explore our beautiful Grade I listed gardens, you will find plenty of new features and information evoking the time when Holdenby was a royal Palace for James I and a prison to Charles I. You can even stand on the exact spot where King Charles I once stood when he was taken away from Holdenby by Oliver Cromwell’s men in 1647, just 18 months before his execution.

And this year we will not just be open on Sundays but also on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 18th April to 10th October 2021.

Rest Assured – Our Openings will continue to keep a cautious approach to covid guidelines.

Following the latest government announcement regarding the further easing of covid restrictions, at Holdenby House Gardens & Falconry Centre we will continue to keep a cautious approach in order to keep our visitors and staff safe. Do, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, we are confident that we can put your mind at rest.

Opening Times

The Gardens & Falconry Centre are open on Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays from 18th April – 10th October 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (excluding, Saturday 24th July, Saturday 31st July, Sunday 1st August and Saturday 2nd October).

We hope to open the House on Bank Holidays and Event weekends later in the year, keep watching the website for updated information!


Tickets can be purchased in advance via our website.

Upon entry, you will be asked to read out your ticket number. You can either print a copy of your tickets or keep a copy on your phone. Historic House Members can pre-book a ticket below using the free “Historic House Member” ticket. You must bring along your ticket number and your Historic Houses pass, otherwise, entry may not be granted. We are part of the Gardeners World 2 for 1 Scheme, to claim your free ticket, one ticket must be purchased and shown upon entry along with your Gardeners World 2 for 1 pass.

Please note children 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Food and Drink

Light refreshments will be available from Connie’s Vintage Travelling Tea Room. We hope in due course to open the tearoom itself with a more extensive menu, further information will follow shortly.

Please note: In the case of inclement weather, Connie’s Travelling Tea Room may close early. Picnics are not permitted on the grounds.


Tickets are now available via the book tickets button below!

Adults £8.50, Concessions (Over 65’s) £7.50, Children (5-16 years) £4.50, Family (2+2) £24.00

Visiting Information

We will continue to have hand sanitisers at the entrance and in the toilets and sneeze screens at the entrance booth.

We will also continue to monitor visitor numbers on-site at all times and ensure that there is space for social distancing so that both visitors and staff feel safe and comfortable at all times.

Toilets will continue to be cleaned regularly.

There will be a free map and description of the Garden available.

We welcome guests with disabilities and work hard to ensure that they can access as much of the site as possible. Disabled parking will be clearly marked and Blue Badges should be displayed. We hope visitors understand that some areas of the site may be restrictive for wheelchairs. Please check with our team for alternative routes.

Currently, only assistance dogs are permitted.

Our car park closes at 4.30 pm and we would ask that you kindly exit the car park following the signs accordingly.

For the safety of our visitors and staff, if you or anyone that you have recently come into contact with develops COVID - 19 symptoms or feels
unwell, we would ask you not to visit and to stay at home and self-isolate in line with government guidelines. If you cannot attend due to being in self-isolation you will be able to contact us HERE.

Lastly, we hope you enjoy your visit and we would like to say thank you to everyone who has visited us so far this season!

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