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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?

Following the latest Government guidance, we are delighted to announce that Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will reopen on Saturday 4 July.

We will be open Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am - 5pm, until 1 November.

To ensure your health and the safety of those around you, here is the latest public health advice provided by the NHS and the government.

Do we need to pre book our visit?

Yes,  if you can please do. Booking in advance helps us to effectively manage social distancing measures on site. we’re asking as many visitors as possible to pre-book tickets, with a 60 minute arrival slot. You can book online via Art Tickets.

Book your tickets.

I haven't received a booking confirmation for an online booking, what should I do?

You should receive an email from Art Tickets with details of your booking. If you haven't received a confirmation email, please check your junk mail folder. If the confirmation message is not there, please contact our Visitor Services team, either by calling 01279 843333 or by sending a message using the "Make an enquiry" form on this page.

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?

We have been able to open most of Henry Moore’s studios, with social distancing measures in place.  The Etching Studio, however, will remain closed as it is too small to enable you to visit safely.

We have introduced visitor capacities in the Yellow Brick Studio and the Bourne Maquette Studio. Please follow the information signs and staff guidance.

The is also a new one-way route in place within the Aisled Barn, with a separate entrance and exit. Please follow the signs on site.
The Aisled Barn is available to hire for weddings and special events: on these occasions it may be closed to visitors for all or part of a day. The list of closure dates can be found on the Aisled Barn information page.

The Barn and studios are open from 11am until 5pm.

What are the ticket options?

We offer two types of ticket: Gift Aid tickets, which include a small donation to the Henry Moore Foundation, and Standard tickets. We offer discounts for over 65s, under 25s, NHS & care workers, schoolchildren and students. Children under 5 are free.

Studios & Gardens 2020StandardGift Aid
Concession: Over 65 / Student / Under 25 / NHS & Care workers£8.75£9.63
Family (2 adults & 2 children)£25.50£28.05
Child (age 5 to 18, under 5 free)£5.25£5.78
Henry Moore FriendsFREEFREE

Please book your tickets and arrival slot in advance. If you do not book, you may have to wait for an available slot or be turned away. Tickets are available via our Art Tickets page.

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

Unfortunately, we will not be able to open Hoglands in 2020.  Moore’s home is a listed building with small rooms and narrow doorways. We would be unable to run tours of the house while keeping visitors and staff safely distanced.

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.

Gift aid is optional. You can purchase a ticket with or without Gift Aid for every ticket type we offer.

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.

Is there a discount for Art Fund National Art Pass?

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

When you book online, please use the code NAP25% in the "promo codes" field at checkout.

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 you a part of any other discount or membership schemes?

We are taking part in the Gardener's World 2-for-1 discount scheme this year. If you have a Gardener's World 2-for-1 card (issued with their May edition) you can book two adult tickets for the price of one using the code GW241 in the "promo codes" field on our online ticket site.

For single visitors with a Gardener's World card, we offer a 25% discount on a single adult ticket. Please use the code GWSINGLE.

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 which currently serves a limited menu of takeaway drinks and snacks. Please follow the guidance on how and where to queue for café service.

To reduce congestion, we recommend that you pre-book your café food and drinks before you visit. Please visit the Copley’s Food website to place your order.

During your visit, your pre-ordered food and drink can be collected from the side entrance of the visitor centre – facing Hoglands house – allowing you to avoid entering the main café.

Once collected, you are welcome to consume your order at the outdoor café tables or in our designated picnic areas.

Will the toilets be open when I visit?

Yes, there will be toilets open at several points around the site, with social distancing measures in place. We have installed some temporary, additional toilets in the Staff Car Park (near the Archive). There are disabled accessible toilets in the Aisled Barn and the Visitor Centre. Our toilet facilities are regularly sanitised.

Can I touch the Artwork?

Usually we would say yes, however, in response to the current situation, we’re asking visitors to avoid touching our outdoor sculptures. As always, please do not touch anything inside the studios or Aisled Barn.

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

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.

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.

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

Yes, your tickets are valid for the entire day so feel free to pop out to The Hoops Inn or to our picnic area and come back later.

Please contact us if you have any other questions.