- Tourist Attractions
- Stately Homes and Gardens
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden is a romantic house converted from a medieval Augustinian priory that still retains the original ‘font' from which it got its name, set in beautiful riverside gardens.
This lovely old house is full of surprises, and framed by rolling lawns, ancient trees, bubbling brooks, walled gardens, and national collection of old fashioned roses. With an all year round art and events programme, there is something for all the family at this special place.
You can find out about the abbey and explore some of the interesting remains, discover the extraordinary painted saloon of Rex Whistler where nothing is as it seems, and explore the beautiful vaulted cellarium!
Kids can learn stories of love and loss, conflict, and creativity in this fantastic place, using the Spotter Trail and Story Map to uncover the mysteries of the house, and become an art expert in the gallery, which has changing exhibitions throughout the year.
The grounds have plenty of delights to enjoy, from the perfectly manicured Lime Walk, to the hidden Ice House, and the Summerhouse. There are also loose boxes in the stables to explore, the potting shed in the walled garden, and the Shepherd's Hut by the beech circle.
If you fancy going a bit further afield, pick up on the Estate Walks to help you and the kids discover the surrounding landscape. Look out for local birds, find fish in the river, and hunt for bugs in grounds that are bursting with life!
Dogs are welcome in most places, but will need to be kept on a short lead at all times. There are dog friendly seating areas that offer shelter from the weather, and water bowls, plus you can even treat your canine friend to a ‘doggy ice cream' from the Ice Cream Parlour!
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Mottisfort, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8NA, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
10:00 - (varying seasonal close times)
Kitchen Cafe with a menu to suit all tastes. During the peak summer months a kiosk in the walled garden sells sandwiches, snacks, drinks and ice cream. Mottisfont sources its food locally, dedicated to reconnecting the food chain between producers and consumers and building local links. Picnics welcome in the grounds.
Visitor toilets situated near the kitchen cafe and also in the walled garden. Accessible toilets and baby change facilities.
The gift shop sells souvenirs specific to Mottisfont as well as high quality lines to meet the tastes of all its visitors.
Baby food facilities
Microwave available for use warming baby food. Baby Changing facilities. Staff are happy to help with any reasonable requests.