Iford Manor Estate Ticket Portal

FAQs / Help

Do you have a season ticket?

Yes - these provide a number of benefits for season ticket holders, especially those who visit the garden regularly and/ or eat in our cafe year round and restaurant in winter. Please see the relevant category on our homepage for further information and to purchase. 

Alternatively, if you prefer a season ticket for several properties, we are delighted to be a member of Historic Houses whose members can visit Iford Manor Gardens for free during our standard opening hours (excluding charity days or special events), provided they show a valid membership card and sign in at the ticket desk on arrival.

Discount code IFOR46 can be used when purchasing Historic Houses membership, which also allows free entry to over 300 privately owned historic houses and gardens across the UK. Further information on Historic Houses and how to join can be found here: https://www.historichouses.org/

How can I reach Iford Manor Gardens by car, public transport or on foot?

Please see our ‘Find Us’ page on the website for further details. https://www.ifordmanor.co.uk/find-us

Is there free parking and any disabled spaces?

There is plenty of free parking in our visitor’s car park by the bridge. The car park is open for visitors to park in from 10am – 6pm on days when the garden is open. This allows time to also enjoy exploring the many footpaths along the valley, through the wider estate.

We have two disabled parking spaces within the gate but these need to be prebooked. These spaces allow for those in wheelchairs to be dropped off near the top of the garden. In advance of your visit please contact Alex during office hours (Mon - Fri; 10am - 4pm) on info@ifordmanor.co.uk to arrange this. Unfortunately, without advance notification we cannot guarantee that this parking area will be available.  Further information on accessibility in the garden is provided below.


We welcome visitors with accessibility requirements at Iford but please be aware that ground limitations, steep hillside and steps at Iford Manor Gardens mean that visitors may be required to use a designated route and access to certain areas may not be possible.

Motability scooters don’t generally work in the garden as the paths are too steep and uneven for them to drive up. However, standard wheelchairs can access many areas in the garden with the assistance of a carer.

We recommend that you phone in advance of your visit, or booking, to discuss any access restrictions that may apply to you and inform our Ticket Sales Desk  on the day of any such access requirements so that we can assist you. There is an accessibility map available at the Ticket Sales Desk.

What footwear should I wear?

We recommend sturdy footwear as some paths are unmade or uneven, and the garden contains steep steps and terraces.

Are dogs welcome in the garden?

Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads.  Please pick up after your dog and take any ‘deposits’ home with you.

Are children welcome in the garden?

Children aged 10 or over are welcome, but must be closely supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Babies in slings under the age of 1 year are also welcome in the garden.

Iford Manor Gardens is a formal garden prized for its peace and tranquillity, set into a steep hillside, characterised by hidden drops, steep steps, narrow paths and unfenced ponds making it unsuitable for some children. Parents should also be aware that some garden plants can be poisonous.


Is photography, videography or drones permitted in the garden?

Photographic equipment is permitted in the grounds for personal use only. The resulting material may not be used for any professional or commercial purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, licencing, selling or in any other way exploiting for gain any images or other material taken whilst on the property.

Please note that tripods are not permitted in the garden. 

Videography or drones is strictly prohibited across the Iford Manor Estate, without express written permission from the landowner, to protect the privacy of our visitors and those working on the estate.

Any commercial photography and/or recording must have prior written permission of the owners. Please contact us on info@ifordmanor.co.uk to discuss.

Can I picnic in the garden?

Food and drink are not permitted within Iford Manor Garden.

However, picnics are welcomed in the orchard carpark alongside the river provided that you ‘leave no trace’, or you can purchase breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or snacks from our own cafe and restaurant on site. 

Are there any refreshments?

There is both a cafe and a restaurant on site. For further information on each, their menus and opening times please see the link below (note we advise making a restaurant reservation to avoid disappointment):

Food & Drink — Iford Manor Estate

Do I need to book for the restaurant and cafe?

Reservations are recommended for the restaurant. Details of the restaurant, an example seasonal menu and how to book are here: Restaurant — Iford Manor Estate

Alternatively, our cafe does not take any reservations. You can find out more about our cafe offering here: Cafe/ Bakery at Iford Manor — Iford Manor Estate


Is smoking allowed?

No smoking is permitted in the garden, cafe, restaurant or anywhere else on the Iford Manor Estate.

Can coaches and groups come to Iford?

Pre-booked groups have been welcomed to Iford since 1910 and free coach parking is available. Please see www.ifordmanor.co.uk/groups for further information on group visits and contact Alex on info@ifordmanor.co.uk to book your visit.

Coaches entry via our coach entrance is by prior arrangement. No group or coach/ large minibus should not try to reach us otherwise or they will become stuck in the narrow lanes and cause damage to their vehicle. 

Coaches must not turn off to Iford directly from the A36 or they will become stuck in the single track, narrow lane. Coach instructions to reach our coach entrance avoiding narrow lanes are provided to all groups who have pre-booked our coach parking space. 

When are the best times of year to visit the garden?

The garden at Iford holds interest throughout our open season from April to September. Please follow our Instagram account (@IfordManor) for updates on what is out in the garden. The specific timing of the blossom, wisteria, roses and other plants varies greatly each year depending upon the weather.

Are you open in the winter?

Our cafe and restaurant are open year-round. Please check our website for the days and times when they will be open. 

Our monthly 'Behind the Scenes' tours with our Head Gardener continue year-round, which includes a visit to our private walled garden as well as the main garden.

Guests of our self-catering holiday cottage - Rowley Cottage - have access to our gardens year-round during their stay.

Otherwise, our garden is 'put to bed' at the end of September and the garden is closed until April for essential works to carried out.

Is the house ever open

No, Iford Manor is a private family home and, unlike the garden, has never been open to the general public.

Is there a shop?

There is a small shop area within the cafe, and in the ticket office. 

Plants propagated here at Iford are available for sale, alongwith various chutneys made here, books, jigsaws, teapots and other gift items all related to Iford. You can also buy freshly baked bread from our bakery in the cafe. 

Are there toilets?

We have male, female and disabled toilets near the entrance to the garden, but there are no such facilities within the garden itself. 

Is there a cloakroom

We don’t have a cloakroom at Iford so please do not bring large bags or other items with you on your visit as there is nowhere to safely store them.

What happens in adverse weather

On occasion we may need to close all or part of the garden at sudden notice for your safety in severe adverse weather. On such occasions we will e-mail you if you have booked for that day. If the garden is forced to close then we will contact you to rearrange another date for your visit. We will also post updates on our website and notices on our gates.