These are the most common questions visitors ask us about their trip to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact our Visitor Services team.
When are you open?
In 2021, subject to government guidance we will be open:
31 March to 31 October
Wednesdays to Saturdays and Bank Holidays, 11am to 5pm
We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for Bank Holidays.
How much are tickets?
Following the latest government roadmap for lifting Covid 19 restrictions, we will open our gardens on 31 March. The studios, Aisled Barn and This Living Hand exhibition will not open until stage 3 (earliest 17 May). The ticket prices for gardens only entry are as follows:
(over 65, under 25, student, NHS and Univeral Credit recipients)
|Child (5 - 18 years, under 5s are free)||£3.25||£3.60|
|Family (any 2 adults + 2 children)||£16.25||£17.90|
|Henry Moore Friends||FREE||FREE|
|Carer accompanying a disabled visitor||FREE||FREE|
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a government scheme which allows charities to claim back tax from eligible UK Donors. It offers UK residents who pay income tax or capital gains tax the opportunity to purchase a Gift Aid ticket which includes a small additional donation. This additional donation allows us to claim back tax on the whole ticket price. We are charity, and your Gift Aid donations go a long way towards helping us preserve Henry Moore’s work.
This means that if (for example) you give £10 using Gift Aid, it's worth £12.50 to us, at no extra cost to you.
If you are not a UK tax payer you cannot purchase a Gift Aid ticket.
Individuals can purchase up to four Gift Aided tickets for family members living at the same address. We will ask you to sign a declaration, including your name and address, to enable us to reclaim the Gift Aid.
We offer two types of ticket: Gift Aid tickets, which include a small donation to the Henry Moore Foundation, and Standard tickets (without a donation). Gift aid is optional. You can purchase a ticket with or without Gift Aid for every ticket type we offer.
What do your ticket options mean? Do you offer any discounts?
Our concessions are valid for over 65s, under 25s, schoolchildren, NHS staff, Universal Credit recipients and students. Children under 5 are free. Please bring proof of age or status when you visit.
We are part of the Art Fund's National Art Pass scheme and offer 25% discount to Art Pass members. This discount is available via our online booking page or at the ticket desk.
Do we need to pre book our visit?
Yes, if you can book in advance via our online tickets service, please do. This helps us to plan our staffing and safely manage your visitor experience around site.
Online booking will open in early March. At first, we will release two weeks of tickets at a time, so that we can respond to changes in government guidance without affecting future bookings.
In 2020 we introduced 60 minute entry slots, to help reduce queuing at our entrance and spread demand for our facilities. For 2021, we have changed these slots to 30 minutes, to help reduce queues at the entrance even further.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, we don't allow dogs or other pets, except for guide dogs and other badged assistance dogs. Please don’t leave your dog in your car or ask our staff to look after them, our car parks can get very hot on a sunny day. Please see this RSPCA advice for more details.
Are all of the studios open each day?
Following the latest government roadmap for lifting Covid 19 restrictions, we will open our gardens on 31 March. The studios, Aisled Barn and This Living Hand exhibition will not open until stage 3 (earliest 17 May). We will update our website following each change in goverment guidance.
Can I visit Hoglands, Henry Moore's family home?
In 2020 we were not be able to open Hoglands. Moore’s home is a listed building with small rooms and narrow doorways. We were unable to run tours of the house while keeping visitors and staff safely distanced. For the beginning of our 2021 season, Hoglands will remain closed. However, we hope to be able to open the house later in 2021.
Do you offer an annual ticket or membership?
Yes, we have the Henry Moore Friends scheme. A Friends membership includes unlimited access to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens during open season. You can purchase a membership online, or in the gift shop when you visit.
We also offer the option to upgrade your entry tickets to a Henry Moore Friends Membership on the day of your visit, but not retrospectively. Please ask to upgrade in the gift shop as you exit the site, as we can not process upgrades online or over the phone.
Do you accept National Trust or English Heritage cards?
Sorry, we don’t as we are an independent charity and not part of either scheme.
Can we bring a picnic or packed lunch?
Yes, we have two outdoor picnic areas located near Large Figure in a Shelter and in Elmwood Garden near the Archive. These areas have picnic benches available, or you may bring your own picnic blanket. Please don’t picnic in the sculpture gardens or in the cafe.
Do you have a cafe?
Yes, we have a cafe in the visitor centre, In 2020 the cafe served takeaway drinks and snacks, this will continue during garden only opening from 31 March 2021. The cafe team will resume full cafe service as soon as they can in 2021 and we will update our website whenever the cafe arrangements change.
Will the toilets be open when I visit?
Yes, there will be toilets open in the Visitor Centre and near Bourne Maquette Studio, please observe social distancing. There are disabled accessible toilets and baby changing in the Visitor Centre. Our toilet facilities are regularly sanitised.
Can I touch the Artwork?
Yes, you can touch the outdoor sculptures but please be careful. Although the sculptures may look tough, they are actually very delicate. The works are hollow and made from bronze which is only about 1 cm thick. Each has a unique surface patina, in gold, green or brown, which Moore and his assistants created through the application of different chemicals.
When touching the sculpture, please be mindful of anything sharp like jewellery, watches, belt buckles, or clothing, that could inadvertently scratch or dent the bronze. Please also be careful not to step on the plinths, as these are part of the artwork.
Thank you for helping us to preserve these works of art for future generations.
Can I take Photographs?
Yes, you are welcome to take photographs for personal use while outside on the grounds, in the studios, gallery and Aisled Barn. Please make sure that your flash is switched off indoors. We don't allow the use of tripods, selfie sticks or drones. Please be mindful of others when taking pictures.
If you wish to take photos for professional or commercial use, including press articles and commercial blogs, you will need to acquire a license from our Image Library before you visit.
Can I sketch on the grounds?
By all means, sketch away! Just be sure to take everything with you when you leave.
What should I wear?
Dress appropriately for the weather. Although we do have paths, much of the Foundation is grassland and can get very muddy. During winter opening we advise you to wear wellies and a coat, and bring an umbrella.
How accessible are the Studios & Gardens?
Our grounds cover over 60 acres and, though we do have paths and benches, much of your visit will be on unpaved surfaces and grassland. We do have several mobility scooters and wheelchairs available which you can book – call ahead to book one in advance on 01279 843333. You can find more information on our accessibility page.
Can I bring my own wheelchair/mobility scooter?
Feel free to bring your own wheelchair or mobility scooter. Please make sure that your wheelchair or scooter is suitable for outdoor and unpaved surfaces as much of our site is grassland or gravelled.
How long am I likely to spend at Studios & Gardens?
Many of our visitors spend a couple of hours on site, others like to spend all day to get close to all of the sculptures on the grounds and learn about the works in the studios; it really depends on what interests you.
As long as you arrive within your allocated time slot, you are welcome to stay as long as you like.
Please contact us if you have any other questions.