Visit Little Sparta

Little Sparta is delighted to be reopening to visitors from Thursday 16th July 2020.

When visiting Little Sparta, you must book a time slot online before your visit.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains a top priority. With this in mind, we are implementing new measures to help protect you. That is why we have introduced time slot tickets to facilitate physical distancing.

  • Entry to the garden is free.
  • Everyone must book a time slot ticket.
  • Bookings can be made for up to a maximum of 8 tickets.
  • Your chosen time slot/entry time will be displayed on  your ticket(s) which will be attached to your confirmation email.
  • Please try to arrive on time, using the directions we provide to plan your journey. You have up to 45 minutes after your selected time slot to gain entry. Once you’re inside the garden, you can stay until 4pm.
  • Be sure to cancel in good time if you decide not to visit; let someone else take your place(s).

Visitor Information

The Gardens opening hours are 12:30 to 16:00 hrs, Thursday-Sunday.

Last time slot ticket 14:00 hrs. Last entry to the Garden 14:45 hrs.

Please note that no catering or refreshments are available at Little Sparta.

A toilet is available for use by visitors.

Don’t follow your SatNav; follow our directions.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed.

We hope you enjoy your visit.


Support Us – safeguard our future

As a charity, we need your support more than ever before. By making a donation, your support can help us conserve Little Sparta. Thank you.


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