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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.

When are you open?

We are open on Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm, from 1 April to 30 October 2022. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except Bank Holidays

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, we don't allow dogs or other pets, except for 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.

How much are tickets?

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Concession (Over 65, under 25, student, Universal Credit)£14.50£15.95£14.15
Family 1 Adult (1 adult and up to 3 children)£29.00£31.90£28.00
Family 2 adults (any 2 adults and up to 3 children)£45.00£49.50£43.00
Child (aged 5 to 18, under 5s are free)£8.50£9.35£8.25
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Tickets for April, May and June are now available to book in advance via our Art Tickets page. Tickets for July to October will be released later in the year.

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Do we need to pre book our visit?

Please do book in advance via our Art Tickets page, if you can. This helps us to plan our staffing and safely manage your visitor experience around site.  If you cannot book in advance, we will have tickets available at the ticket desk, but we recommend arriving after 12.00pm to avoid the busiest time.

If you would like to visit with a group (of 10 people or more) please see our Group Visits page for more information on how to book in advance.

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. Please bring your Art Pass with you when you visit.

Are all of the studios open each day?

Yes, in 2022 we expect to open the studios, Aisled Barn and exhibition gallery on 1 April: all buildings will be open if Covid-19 recommendations allow.

The Aisled Barn, where Henry Moore's tapestries are displayed, is a licensed wedding venue and can also be hired for private parties. When there is a wedding or event taking place, the barn will be closed to visitors. You can find a current a list of closure dates for 2022 Aisled Barn page, please check before your visit as the dates are updated regularly.

Can I visit Hoglands, Henry Moore's family home?

Yes, we hope to reopen the house daily, with a full schedule of tours, in April 2022. Tours take around 30-40 minutes. Tickets for a Hoglands tour cost £6 / £6.60 with a Gift Aid donation.

Tickets are available on arrival at the visitor centre, we do not sell Hoglands tickets online.

Can I visit the Henry Moore Archive

Although the Archive welcomes anyone who has an interest in Henry Moore's life and work, we ask visitors to make an appointment and to order their reference materials in advance. Archive appointments are available Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm. Please visit the Archive web page for full information and to fill in an enquiry form.

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.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, we do not currently accept American Express. If possible, we ask you to pay using contactless credit or debit card during your visit to the Studios & Gardens.

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 café?

Yes, we have a café in the visitor centre. The café serves hot & cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks, with counter service and seating both indoors and outside. It closes at 4.45pm. For full details of our cafe menu, please visit our cafe page.

Are there plenty of toilets in the gardens?

Yes, we have toilet facilities in the Visitor Centre, in the Aisled Barn and near Bourne Maquette Studio. There are disabled accessible toilets and baby changing facilities in the Visitor Centre and Aisled Barn. 

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 scratch or dent the bronze. Please also be careful not to step, sit or climb 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, exhibition 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.

Can I bring my child's bicycle, ball or scooter?

Please don't. To protect the artworks and allow all of our visitors to enjoy their visit we ask you not to play ball games or bring bicycles, scooters and similar play equipment into the gardens.

What should I wear?

Dress appropriately for the weather. Although we do have paths, much of our estate is grassland and can get very muddy (especially in the Sheep Fields). We advise you to wear sturdy, practical shoes and to bring appropriate clothing for the weather forecast.

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. You are welcome to stay as long as you like and your ticket is valid for the whole day.