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The House and Garden is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4.30pm

The Barn Tearoom is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm

Visit our What’s On page  HERE  for our  programme of events 

Caring about your safety:

To help you feel safer visiting us, we have:

  • Undertaken full risk assessments against national Covid-19 guidance.
  • Put in Safety screens at till points to increase protection at key points.
  • Installed public hand sanitising points and an increased cleaning regime.

In return, we ask that you help us by:

  • It is optional to wear a face mask on site or when you are inside any of our buildings. 
  • Maintaining 2m social distancing from staff and volunteers and respect the personal the space of other visitors.
  • Washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more and particularly after contacting surfaces in public areas.
  • Using the hand sanitiser provided at every opportunity
  • Taking personal responsibility for managing any children who are part of your booking, to ensure that they observe social distancing and good hygiene practice.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

About the 1620s site

The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath, formerly Donington le Heath Manor House, has undergone a stunning refurbishment in order to tell the story of its former owners and residents.

This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century and then modernised in 1618. The house has been home to many families over its 700 year history, but the Digby family, which included the Gunpowder Plotter Sir Everard Digby, lived in the house for over two hundred years. It is towards the end of the Digby ownership that the newly refurbished house is focused, showing how people lived in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times.

Visitors can now see the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s. The house is set in beautiful 17th century style gardens with labelled plants and flowers, an orchard, herb gardens and a small maze.

Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments in the tea room, where a range of merchandise is also available.

The site has a lively series of events that use re-enactment, crafts, hands-on activities, drama and specialist demonstrations to interpret the history of the site and life at the time.

To read a brief summary of each room Click HERE.

Please note that the last admission to the House and Garden is currently 3.30pm 

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  • LPL Awards Highly Commended 2017
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  • Autism East Midlands
  • Heritage Awards 2017