Updated Wednesday 27th May 2020
As Government guidance develops, we hope to gradually and safely re-open our facilities for the enjoyment of visitors. This will be done one step at a time, to allow us to monitor and review our new procedures, to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.
Raby Castle Walled Gardens and Deer Park, and High Force Waterfall are now open to the public (Gardens reopen Thursday 28th May). Parking, take-away refreshments and limited toilet facilities are available at both locations. Please note that parking charges apply at High Force.
The opening of these open spaces is to allow for walking and public recreation, to contribute to the wellbeing of our visitors. Working in consultation with other local Partners and the Police, we collectively believe this will minimise the impact of high volumes of people visiting our local towns and villages.
For now, the Castle, Walled Gardens, Stables Café and Shop, and the Woodland Play Area remain closed. High Force Hotel also remains closed.
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Raby Castle, Park and Gardens
High Force Hotel and Waterfall
In this first phase we are re-opening the car park at High Force Hotel, and access to the Waterfall. The Hotel remains closed at this time.
As always, our team are on hand to provide a warm welcome, although to keep both them and you safe, we will try to help from a safe distance. Parking charges apply at High Force, and parking passes can be purchased online.
Look out for the signage:
- Please park with consideration, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Only use the picnic area in the car park, and do not take picnics down to the Waterfall.
- Limited toilet facilities are available at High Force. Please use the hand sanitiser provided and queue at a safe distance from others.
- There is plenty of space for everyone at High Force, but please follow the social distancing measures we have put in place, maintaining a 2 metre distance from our staff and other visitors at all times.
- We have created a circular route to enable greater social distancing, when visitors walk to see the waterfall. There is a new path which you should use for your return journey, to avoid passing other pedestrians. Please adhere to the one-way system where possible to do so. The circular route is steep in places and is not suitable for less mobile visitors.
Please dispose of litter responsibly so our staff do not have to handle this unnecessarily. Please use the bins provided