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Visiting the Studios & Gardens FAQs

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.

Do we need to pre book our visit?

Only if you are a group of 10 people or more. Please see our Group Visits page. Otherwise, you can buy tickets on arrival at the visitor centre.

Ticket Options?

We offer two types of ticket. A Gift Aid ticket, which includes a small donation to the Foundation and a Standard ticket. Ticket prices for 2018 can be found on the Visit page, we offer discounts for over 60s, under 18s and students. Children under 5 are 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. We are a self-funded UK charity.  And your gift aid donations help us to preserve Henry Moore’s work.

Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so 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.

You have the option to purchase a ticket with or without Gift Aid for every ticket type we offer.

Is there a discount for Art Fund National Art Pass?

We accept National Art Pass cards. Each card is valid for a 25% discount of an adult or concession ticket. A family art pass is valid for a 25% discount on a family ticket.

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.

Are all of the studios open each day?

All of the studios are open Wednesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am to 5pm. Occasionally the Aisled Barn, where you can see Henry Moore's tapestries, may be closed for a wedding or private event. You can find a list of closures on the Aisled Barn page.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry no dogs or other pets, except badged guide dogs and dogs for the disabled.  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.

Can I touch the Artwork?

Yes! While you’re outside please feel free to touch the sculptures. However, to protect both yourself and the art works please do not climb on the works or their stands.
On very bright, sunny days the bronzes can be quite hot, so be careful!

Can I take Photographs?

You are welcome to take photographs for personal use while outside on the grounds.
We don’t allow photography inside the studios and galleries, and you will need a license from our Image Library if you wish to take photos for professional or commercial use.

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. On a wet day we advise you to bring wellies, a coat and an umbrella. If the weather is warm, please bring a hat and a bottle of water.

How accessible is the Foundation?

There is a fair bit of walking involved, and though we do have paths and benches, much of your visit will be on grassland. We do have a number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs available which you can book – call ahead to book one in advance on 01279 843333.

Can I bring my own wheelchair/mobility scooter?

Please feel free to bring your own wheelchair or mobility scooter, but any motors must be turned off while inside the galleries and studios. We do recommend that any wheelchairs or scooters are suitable for outdoor and unpaved surfaces as much of the Foundation is grassland or gravelled.

Can we bring a picnic or packed lunch?

Yes, we have a picnic area near Large Figure in a Shelter. Please don’t picnic in the sculpture gardens.

How long am I likely to spend at the Foundation?

Many of our visitors spend a couple of hours at the Foundation; 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 and galleries; it really depends on what interests you.

I have a lunch reservation. Can I return to the Studios & Gardens afterwards?

Absolutely; your tickets are valid for the entire day at the Studios & Gardens so feel free to pop out and come back later!

Please contact us if you have any other questions.