Places to Visit in East Midlands where Toilets are Open

I have spent the best part of the day finding places to visit in the East Midlands and Yorkshire that have toilets open. There are a few places open with toilets still closed.

UPDATE: From the 4th July 2020 so many more places have reopened – with toilets open you’ll be glad to know. I have since written a NEW POST highlighting all these places that have reopened in the East Midlands and what safety measures they have in place. Plus what is or isn’t open. Find out more here – Attractions To Visit in East Midlands Summer 2020 – What is and isn’t open

Most places are either stating that they are working through ways to reopen soon or will not consider opening until early July. There are however a few places open also with toilets open. This, if you are anything like us, a must when visiting somewhere.

While play areas remain closed, plus most facilities the places below all have a good deal of open space to walk, stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic. A few are even open for take-away food and drinks.

Not all places that are open have stated if toilets are or aren’t open. I have contacted them and as soon as I hear anything I will update below. Just in the space of a few hours today a few extra places announced they were opening.

I can totally appreciate that visiting somewhere is not for everyone right now. We all have to do what we feel comfortable doing. I certainly won’t be making it a regular event but if it means meeting my Mum somewhere then that would be lovely and we will take precautions to keep ourselves safe.

All these places are urging people to practice social distancing and keep good levels of hygiene. At present I can not find anywhere in Lincolnshire or Leicestershire but I will keep looking. If you know of anywhere please do let me know.

Alton Towers – Staffordshire (not quite East Midlands but …)

We will be opening our Gardens from Saturday 6th June, in line with Government guidance on the reopening of gardens and land maintained for public use.

To ensure we keep everyone safe, tickets will need to be pre-booked online at https://fal.cn/38puS, where you can also see all the hygiene and safety measures we’ll have in place so you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

We will reopen under limited capacity with reduced hours of operation and will continue to look at these measures on a daily basis.

Guests will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams when visiting the Gardens, and are also welcome to bring a picnic. Card payments only.

Our toilet facilities by Admissions and in Mutiny Bay will be open for guests.  We have introduced new measures within these facilities to ensure spatial distancing, please pay attention to the new signage on display there.

Opening hours: 10am until 4pm, last entry 2pm

Address: Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB

Cost – £12 for non pass members and just £1 for pass members. This includes parking.

Alton Towers
Alton Towers

Belton House – Lincolnshire

The pleasure grounds and parkland at Belton will reopen from Wednesday 3 June. You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Belton. Members will be able to book a space for free, while non-members will need to pay in advance for their space.

We will be turning people away if you arrive by car and haven’t booked. Bookable car park slots will prove popular. We’ll be releasing availability each Friday from 29 May. They sold out on the first day of tickets going on sale. The play area and house will remain closed. Toilets will be open.

Opening hours: 10am – 3:30pm for the last entry

Address: High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW

Cost – Members of the National Trust are free but must prebook a ticket. Adults are £8.00 and children £4.00 per person.

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Belton House
Belton House

Bosworth Water Park – Leicestershire

From Monday 1st June we will be opening to the public our grounds for recreational use. Our facilities will be very limited, the office, cafe, hire equipment (such as pedalos and canoes) and play areas will remain closed.

We will provide limited toilet facilities only, whilst we will clean these facilities on a regular basis we can not guarantee the person using them before you has left them in an acceptable manor. The blue lagoon will be open for children to paddle. Refreshments and ice cream are available from the candy cottage and the ice cream van.

Customers will be required to obey social distancing guidelines are will be responsible for their own safety. Please remember we have a huge area for you all to enjoy and there is enough space for everyone to stay within the law, please use all areas of the park.

We trust you will all stick to our new rules and enable us to stay open. We are working towards opening the office and shop on the 6th June and all other areas of our business on the 4th July.

Opening hours: We will be open from 9am until 6:00pm with the last entry at 5:30pm.

Address: Wellsborough Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 6PD

Cost – Parking charges will be £3 per car per hour, pedestrians (entering on foot) £2 per person, busses £2 per person.

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Bosworth Water Park
Bosworth Water Park

Bradgate Park – Leicestershire

Bradgate Park was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago. It provides 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside close to Leicester City Centre.

The Park offers a wild and rugged landscape with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. If you do not fancy exploring the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible, with a tarmac carriage-way running through this area, that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

If the car parks are full they are urging people to not park on the outside verges or surrounding streets. Their toilets are now open.

Opening hours: Car park opens 9:30am and toilets 10:00am. The car parks close at dusk.

Address: There are three car parks.

Cost – Parking is per vehicle at £3 mid week and £4 at the weekend.

Bradgate Park
Photo credit Bradgate Park

Calke Abbey – Derbyshire

The gardens and parkland at Calke will reopen from Wednesday 3 June. You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Calke. Members will be able to book a space for free, while non-members will need to pay in advance for their space.

We will be turning people away if you arrive by car and haven’t booked. Bookable car park slots will prove popular. We’ll be releasing availability each Friday from 29 May. The tickets sold out the same day so make sure you check early each Friday. The toilets will also be reopening.

Opening hours: Timed slots for arrival are from 10am until 3:30pm

Address: Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JF

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust. An adult ticket is £8.00 and £4.00 for a child aged 5-17.

Carsington Water – Derbyshire

Carsington Water reopened on the 3rd June, with some restrictions. We’ve put measures in place to make sure our sites are as safe as possible, so visits might feel a little different to normal.

Car parking charges will apply and we have a hand sanitising station next to the payment machines; remember we have a new ANPR system in place and you pay when you’re leaving.

Limited numbers of our toilets are open to help maintain social distancing, so you might need to queue. The play area is closed to help visitors remain socially distanced. The cafe is open for take away only.

Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff. Respect any instructions or signage – they’re there to keep you safe. Look after those with you – keep dogs on leads and children close by. Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces.

Your permit will automatically be extended to cover the time we have been closed (71 days, or the amount of time lost of yours expired during our closure). The car park closes once full and you will be turned away.

Opening hours: The car park is open from 7:30am, close at 8pm April to September and 7pm October to March.

Address: Ashbourne. Derbyshire. DE6 1ST

Cost – Sheepwash Car Park = £1.50 for two hours and £3 for the whole day. Millfields Car Park = £2.50 for two hours, £4 for the whole day. Visitor Centre Car Park = £3 for two hours, £5 for the whole day.

Photo credit Severn Trent Water

Chatsworth House – Derbyshire

The Chatsworth Parkland and Woodland are open. They have installed temporary toilets and hand wash facilities near the house entrance and at Calton Lees.

Restaurants and cafes as well as the house, garden, and farmyard will remain closed until the Government announces that these places can legally open, and all the necessary safety protocols are in place.

To limit the number of cars on site and enable social distancing, anybody wishing to park at Chatsworth must pre-book their car park ticket online in advance – no tickets will be available to purchase on site and anyone who arrives without a ticket will not be able to access the car parks.

Tickets are currently available until 7 June, and more dates will be released in due course. Book your car park ticket here: www.chatsworth.org/book-tickets/

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm

Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP

Cost – £4.00 per car

Chatsworth House
Photo Courtesy Chatsworth House

Clumber Park – Nottinghamshire

We’re re-opening the parkland, Pleasure Grounds and toilets at Clumber Park from 3 June. You will need to book your visit in advance. Check What’s On for the latest information and to book. You will be turned away if you arrive without a booking.

Please book your parking/tickets here before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Tickets will be released every Friday from 29 May. They sold out the same day of their first release so look out for more every Friday. Toilets will be open.

Opening hours: 9am – 9pm

Address: Clumber Park, Worksop, S80 3BE

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust. £5.00 per car for everyone else.

Clumber park
Clumber Park – Photo courtesy Visit Nottinghamshire

Elvaston Castle – Derbyshire

Toilets are open in the car park near the entrance and in the cobbled courtyard either side of the shop, with only one person in at a time. It’s great that we have a little more freedom to travel and exercise. We are seeing a lot of visitors to our country parks and trails.

Please help us to keep our staff safe, yourselves safe and our parks and trails clean. Pick up after your dog and bin it, take your rubbish home with you and don’t use barbeques in this prolonged dry spell. Limit your use of narrow paths and busy routes.

Located in Derbyshire, near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens. 

Opening hours: 9am to 8pm

Address: Borrowash Road, Elvaston, DE72 3EP

Cost – 2 hours – £1.60, 4 hours – £3, all day – £4.80

Elvaston castle
Elvaston Castle – Photo Courtesy Visit Peak District

Foremark Reservoir – Derbyshire

This site is now open – there are extra measures in place to protect your wellbeing and the safety of other visitors, the local community and our teams.

If you visit this site when it reopens, please observe social distancing, check opening times, follow any new measures we put in place, and stay local.

Do not travel long distances to visit the site. Limited toilet facilities are available but please expect to queue. The car park closes once full and you will be turned away. All footpaths are open.

Opening hours: The car park is open from dawn until 8pm. Last admission to the site is 5pm.

Address: Derby DE65 6EG

Cost – Car parking is £3 for all day which is pay on entry.

Photo credit Severn Trent Water

Hardwick Hall – Derbyshire

The car park at Hardwick will reopen from Wednesday 3 June. You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Hardwick. Members will be able to book a space for free, while non-members will need to pay in advance for their space.

We will be turning people away if you arrive by car and haven’t booked. Bookable car park slots will prove popular. We’ll be releasing availability each Friday from 29 May. They sold out the same day so please make sure you check early every Friday. The toilets will be open.

Opening hours: Timed slots are available from 10am until 3:30pm

Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QT

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust but you will need to reserve a ticket. Adults are £8.00 each and £4.00 for a child.

Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall – Photo courtesy National Trust

Kedleston Hall – Derbyshire

The parkland at Kedleston will reopen from 17 June and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets every Friday.  Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven’t booked.

Open for your visit: parkland walks and toilets. All paths have been mowed to help maintain 2 metre distancing, please be respectful of other visitors.

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

Address: Derby DE22 5JH

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust. £5.00 for adults, £2.50 for children.

Photo Credit Visit Peak District

Linacre Reservoirs – Derbyshire

This site is now open – there are extra measures in place to protect your wellbeing and the safety of other visitors, the local community and our teams.

If you visit this site please observe social distancing, check opening times, follow any new measures we put in place, and stay local. Do not travel long distances to visit the site. Limited toilet facilities are available.

Suitable for both big and little legs, you can explore the site using the paths that weave around the reservoirs and through the wooded valley.

Opening hours: The site is accessible all day

Address: Woodnook Ln, Cutthorpe, Chesterfield S42 7JW

Cost – The car park costs £1.50 for up to 2 hours or £3 for the whole day. You can buy an annual parking pass for £32, or a multisite parking permit for £60.

Linacre reservoir
Linacre Reservoir photo courtesy Visit Peak District

Lincoln Castle Wall Walk – Lincolnshire

From Monday 8th June, ready for you to take the time to enjoy views of the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln again. 

Here’s a breakdown of the new safety guidelines:
– Visitors must pre-book their ticket online in advance of visiting.
– A one way system is in place.
– There will be a limited number of tickets available each day.
– New social distancing measures in place around the site.
– You will need to queue to enter and exit this part of the Castle.
– Annual pass holders will need to queue, but you won’t need to pre-book.
– Wheelchair access to the East section of the wall will remain available but will be limited to two wheelchair users at any one time.

The grounds are also open for people to stop for a picnic. The public toilets at East Gate are open

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm

Address: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA

Cost – Adults £10, 5-16 year olds £7.50 and under 5’s free.

Lincoln Castle

Newstead Park – Nottinghamshire

Newstead Park is open, including the car park, formal gardens, toilets & baby changing. Newstead Park & Formal gardens are open during the core opening hours only (10 am – 4.30 pm).

Toilets & baby changing are open with a queue system in the courtyard, during limited hours, subject to capacity and maintenance.

Café kiosk will be available with takeaway service only and a queuing system. Limited service and contactless payment only. External concessions will be available on site, including an Ice Cream van. Newstead Abbey Historic House remains closed, including shops & play areas.

Opening hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Address: Newstead Village NG15 8NA

Cost – Car park charges apply (£6 per car or £2 walkers & cyclists). The vehicle entrance opens from 9.30 am.

Newstead Abbey
Photo courtesy Newstead Abbey

Renishaw Hall & Gardens – Derbyshire

Our gardens will open on Friday the 5th of June following the updated guidance from the government. We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week until further updates.

The safety of our staff and visitors is our main priority so we have made some changes to how we operate our site. Please check the website (updates will be made shortly) for further details and any queries can be answered by calling 01246 432310 or emailing [email protected]

Normal garden admission applies for each session. We will allow 100 people into the gardens per session. Once we reach this limit no further admission will be allowed. We will only accept payment by card on site.

Please follow social distancing of 2 metres at all times and following any markings and signage we have provided. Our toilets are open, one person in at a time and observing social distancing.

We have put a one-way system in place for entry and exit to the gardens.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an accessible route for the gardens due to the new controls we have had to put in place.

Opening hours: Fri, Sat, Sun – The garden will open for two sessions per day 10.30 till 1pm and 1.30 until 4pm.

Address: Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Renishaw Park, Chesterfield S21 3WB

Cost – Adults £8.00, Children £3.50 (under 5’s free)

Photo credit Renishaw Hall

Rufford Abbey & Country Park – Nottinghamshire

After reviewing feedback on the car parking payment system and the time customers have spent queuing we are now in a position to commence with car park payments payable by card only also being taken via the Savile restaurant from Friday 29 May.

Customers will now have the choice of paying for Car parking in the Savile restaurant (by the Abbey Lawn) or via the Coach House cafe which is located in the courtyard.

Both facilities will be operating with a one way system so please follow all signs and instructions to ensure you maintain social distancing at all times. The Coach House cafe will continue to offer a reduced takeaway offering of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments only.

Please have your receipt ready for checking as you exit the park. We have made these changes to reduce queue times at the Coach House and to avoid people congregating in the areas around parking machines or needing to handle cash.

Regular customers do still have the option to save time and money by purchasing an online annual car park pass by clicking here.
https://crowd.in/0f3XYU They have a one way ‘walking’ system in place. I have been told that toilets are open but I am unsure which/all.

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm

Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF

Cost – £4.00 per car

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Rufford Abbey

Sherwood Pines – Nottinghamshire

We have reopened our car park. We are sure many people will be  keen to get out and about,  so to  avoid crowds,  please be  aware you may need to  be  prepared to  make the  necessary  decision  to  turn around  if the car park looks busy and come another time. 

Please don’t park on the verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users. 

Currently we have limited services available as we have only opened the ones where we are happy that it is safe for our visitors and staff alike and that the social distancing advice of staying 2 metres apart from other people is possible. Please support us as we are doing  our  best  for  you :  be kind to  our  staff  and your fellow visitors.  

The cafe is open for take-away, bike shop and bike hire, walking and cycling trail and limited toilets.

Opening hours: 8am – 10pm

Address: Edwinstowe, Mansfield NG21 9JL

Cost – Up to 1 hour parking £2.00, Up to 2 hours £4.00 and all day £6.00

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Sherwood Pines

Staunton Harold – Derbyshire

We’ve put measures in place to make sure our sites are as safe as possible, so visits might feel a little different to normal.

Car parking charges will apply and we have a hand sanitising station next to the ticket machine. Limited numbers of our toilets are open to help maintain social distancing, so you might need to queue.

The play area is closed to help visitors remain socially distanced. The cafe remains closed for now. Fishing is closed for now but working on plans to re open, please contact them directly with enquiries.

Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff. Respect any instructions or signage – they’re there to keep you safe. Look after those with you – keep dogs on leads and children close by. Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces. Your permit will automatically be extended to cover the time we have been closed (71 days).

Opening hours: The site is open every day from dawn until dusk apart from Christmas Day.

Address: Melbourne Derbyshire DE73 1DL

Cost – Car parking is £3 all day at the main car park. The ticket machines accept both cash and credit or debit card.

Photo credit Severn Trent Water

Thoresby Park – Nottinghamshire

The cafe, toilets and a few of the Courtyard shops are now open! Please respect the social distancing measures put in place on your visit to Thoresby.

At Thoresby Park we have signposted circular walks around our estate that’s accessible to all. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly, the walk takes up to an hour…depending on your pace!  Our circular walks takes in the sights and sounds of the estate including the lovely River Meden and St John’s Church in Perlethorpe.

There are marked opportunities to get off the beaten track and follow trails, look out for some of the ancient oaks and abundance of wildlife in the forest.

Visitors are welcome to play on the lawns and explore our beautiful park. Picnics are permitted, please remember to leave the park as found and take rubbish away with you (No BBQ’S allowed).

Footpath maps are available at the Thoresby Visitors Centre to purchase at 50p each, of which all monies go straight back into the running of the Charitable Trust that runs Thoresby Park.

Opening hours: 10:30am – 5pm

Address: Netherfield Ln, Newark NG22 9EP

Cost – Car parking is £1.00 for the first hour or £3.00 for a full day. 

Thoresby Park – Photo Credit Visit Notts

Tropical Birdland – Leicestershire

Tropical Birdland will need to limit visitor numbers so in order to do this it will be essential that visitors pre-book their tickets online using ‘TicketSource’. This will include strict allocated time slots for arrivals and will help us to spread visitors out around the grounds.

Tropical Birdland will be operating a one-way system around our gardens. Visitors will be required to follow social distancing rules and will be asked politely to keep their distance from any other household.

Our on-site restaurant / café will be operating a take-away service with a very limited menu. Toilet facilities will be available at Tropical Birdland and our staff will clean and check the toilets at regular intervals.

Opening hours: 10am to 5:30pm

Address: Lindridge Ln, Desford, Leicester LE9 9GN

Cost – Sponsors do not need to prebook. Adults are £8.50 and children £5.75. There is also a small online booking fee.

Twycross Zoo – Leicestershire

Twycross Zoo is re-opening from the 15th June 2020. We have restricted the amount of visitors allowed on site and we are only accepting online ticket bookings with an allocated timeslot. Members will also need to book online to secure a timeslot too.

We have implemented a one-way route around Twycross Zoo so visitors can enjoy their day and avoid crowds. Download the Twycross Zoo App to follow this. There will also be signage and barriers to mark the way.

We have installed protective screens at Ticket Kiosks, Guest Services, the Gift Shop and Catering Kiosks. We have closed all indoor animal viewing areas, play areas and the Himalaya Welcome Centre (excluding the Gift Shop) until further notice. These closures will be reviewed periodically in line with government guidelines.

In our toilet facilities, we ask our visitors to follow 2-metre social distancing, and if cubicles are full please queue outside. We ask visitors to remember to wash hands before and after using our toilet facilities.

Opening hours: Timeslots from 10am – 1:30pm. The zoo will close at 6pm.

Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

Cost – Free for members but you must prebook. Adults are £19.76 and children 2-16 £15.26. Under 2’s are free

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Wollaton Park – Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Park is open, including the car park, toilets & baby changing and café kiosk. Car park charges will be contactless payment via phone, app or website using RingGo. No cash payments for car parking. Blue badge holder spaces permitted by the hall as normal.

Toilets & baby changing are open at the 508 and the Courtyard during limited hours, subject to capacity and maintenance. Café kiosk will be available with takeaway service only and a queuing system. 

Limited service and contactless payment only. External concessions will be available on site, including an Ice Cream van.

Wollaton Hall, the Camellia House, the Formal Gardens and the Nottingham Industrial Museum remain closed, including the shops & play areas.

Opening hours: Wollaton Park is open 8am weekdays, 9am weekends and bank holidays til 9.15pm. Last entry to the park is 8.30pm.

Address: Nottingham NG8 2AE

Cost – £5 all day or £3 for 2 hours

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Wollaton Hall

For places to visit where toilets are now open in Yorkshire please see – Places to visit in Yorkshire where toilets are open

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