We've tried to answer some of your most frequently asked questions in order to help you plan your visit. Feel free to call us if you have any more questions on 01833 660202.
Are dogs allowed in the Park & Gardens?
We welcome well behaved dogs in the deer park at Raby Castle. We do request that they be kept on a lead at all times and that any dog waste could be cleared and placed in the bins around the grounds. Dogs are not permitted in the Castle, Gardens, Woodland Play Area, Gift Shop or Tearooms with the exception of assistance dogs.
Do you offer a discount for carers?
Visitors with mobility issues or special needs will be offered a concession ticket, carers are required to pay the normal ticket price.
If you are travelling as part of a special needs group, then group rates are applicable and we offer free places to organisers/teachers. Please call us in advance to discuss your requirements on 01833 660202.
I'm a member of the Historic Houses Association; do I get in for free?
Raby Castle is part of the Historic Houses Association (HHA) Friends Scheme and therefore friends and members of the (HHA) are welcome to visit free of charge upon production of a valid membership card. We regret that we cannot permit access without a valid membership card. This is a requirement of the HHA who recompenses Raby Castle for each visit.
Do I have to go on a guided tour to see the Castle?
During certain times of the year we do operated a schedule of guided tours for visitors to view the Castle and it’s collections. When guided tours are in operation it is not possible to view the castle at your own leisure. Click here to see when guided tours are operating.
If you do not wish to be part of a guided tour we suggest you visit on either a Sunday or during school holidays, when we operate a free flow system. During freeflow you will be able to view the Castle at your own leisure, staff are in every room to assist and answer you queries, as well as comprehensive room notes, should you wish to know more, an illustrated guide book is also available to purchase.
Do I have to book in advance for a guided tour?
At certain times of the year we operate guided tours of Raby Castle every half an hour starting at 1pm and continuing throughout the afternoon. It is not normally necessary to book in advance. Our admissions staff will inform you when the next available tour is when you arrive.
If you are travelling as part of a larger group (12+) it is advisable to telephone in advance to check availability and book a time slot for your group.
Is photography allowed inside the Castle?
We regret that photography is not permitted inside the Castle, this is for security and conservation reasons. Photography for personal use only is allowed in the Park & Gardens.
Permission for commercial photography or filming must be gained in advance, please visit Filming & Photography on the Estate pages for more information.
Can I bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds?
Visitors, with a valid entrance ticket, are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the grounds and there are picnic tables and benches located near the car parking area, play area and in the gardens. All we ask is that visitors kindly clear up any litter and left over food after themselves and use the bins provided around the Park & Gardens. We regret that barbeques or open fires are not permitted due to animal and environmental safety.
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Raby Castle Opening Times
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