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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 advice about Coronavirus, we are postponing our annual reopening and will not launch This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore on 3 April.

We are extremely disappointed to delay the opening of this exciting exhibition, but the safety of our audiences, company and staff is of utmost importance. We apologise for the disruption and wish you well during this difficult period. As soon as we can safely announce an opening date for 2020, we will post information on all of our digital channels.

If you already have a group or school booking for 2020, our team will be contact via email shortly.

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?

Only if you are a group of 10 people or more. Please see our Group Visits page, where you can already book for our 2020 season.

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?

All of the studios are open Wednesday to Sunday, 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.

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, schoolchildren and students. Children under 5 are free.

Exhibition, Studios & Gardens 2020StandardGift Aid
Concession (over 65) / Student / Under 25£11.70£12.90
Child (age 5 to 18, under 5 free)£7.00£7.70
Henry Moore FriendsFREEFREE

It is not necessary for individual visitors to book in advance, however you can do so via our Art Tickets page.

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Can I book in advance for Hoglands, Henry Moore's family home?

Unfortunately we can't offer advance booking for Hoglands tours, unless you are part of a pre-booked Group Visit. Hoglands is a listed building with small rooms, narrow doorways and some internal steps. For this reason, we have to limit each tour to 8 visitors. Tours take place every 30 minutes from 11.30am to 3.30pm each day. In order to give all visitors a fair chance to experience Hoglands, we reserve the house tours for booking at the ticket desk on arrival.

Is Hoglands suitable for children

Our guided tours of Hoglands are aimed at adult visitors. Older children may enjoy listening to our knowledgeable house guides however, tours may last up to 45 minutes and, during guided tours, the opportunities to talk or interact as a family are very limited. We do not have an age limit for entry to Hoglands, but we would ask you to consider whether a young child would enjoy the experience. Hoglands is a listed building with small rooms, narrow doorways and some internal steps and is unsuitable for prams or pushchairs.

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.

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.

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.

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 at the ticket desk when you visit.

We also offer the option to upgrade your day entry tickets to a Henry Moore Friends Membership on the day of your visit, but not retrospectively. Please ask to upgrade at the ticket desk as we can not process upgrades online or over the phone. Please note that only day entry tickets bought directly from Henry Moore Studios & Gardens can be used to upgrade to a Friends Membership. Pre-paid tickets bought online via Art Tickets and tickets for events at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens or Henry Moore Institute cannot be used when upgrading to Henry Moore Friends.

Find out more about the Friends scheme in our online shop.

Can we bring a picnic or packed lunch?

Yes, we have two outdoor picnic areas near Large Figure in a Shelter and near the Archive. 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 serves sandwiches, lights meals and homemade cakes. You can visit our cafe without buying a ticket on weekdays and Saturdays however, on Sundays, Banks Holidays and busy periods the cafe is reserved for ticket holders.

Can I touch the Artwork?

Yes! While you’re outside please feel free  to touch the sculptures. Please do not touch anything inside the studios, gallery, Hoglands or the Aisled Barn.To protect both yourself and the art works please do not climb,sit or stand on the works or their plinths. On very bright, sunny days the bronzes can be quite hot, so be careful!

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.

We don’t allow photography of any kind in Hoglands and you will be asked to leave your bags, phones and cameras in a locker before your tour of the house.

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 a hat and a bottle of water.

How accessible are the Studios & Gardens?

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. We do recommend that any wheelchairs or scooters are suitable for outdoor and unpaved surfaces as much of the Foundation is grassland or gravelled.

How long am I likely to spend at Studios & Gardens?

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.