Information to help you enjoy your visit to John Clare Cottage

Opening Times

Opening Times 

The Cottage is open, Friday, Saturday and Monday


From November 1st 2019 the opening hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (Last entry to the Cottage 2 pm):


Group bookings can be arranged, please contact the Cottage.

Please telephone to check groups/opening days on 01733 253330 and see any advisory notes below:

Variations in opening hours:

Christmas 2019 - The Cottage and Cafe will close after business on Friday December 20th and reopen on Friday January 10th 2020



Entrance Fees From April 1st 2019

 AdultConcessionChildren (U16)Family (2+2)
Standard Admission£4.95£4.20£4.20£16.50
Gift Aid Admission£5.50£4.65 £18.20

Gift Aid explained

Why are there two different admission prices?

Under the Gift Aid scheme amendments introduced by the Government in April 2006, charities who offer entrance to an attraction based on Gift Aid donation rather than an admission ticket must ask visitors to pay 10% extra than the normal admission fee. It is your choice whether you wish to Gift Aid or not. If you do decide to Gift Aid your admission we can claim back from the Government 25% of the total amount that you pay, this equates to the Income Tax that you have already paid on this money. This is why you can only participate in the Gift Aid Scheme if you are a UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax Payer and you confirm that you have paid or will pay an amount of UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current year that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) you donate to will reclaim for the current tax year. Council Tax and VAT do not qualify for the scheme.

Who gets the money?

John Clare Cottage is owned and administered by The John Clare Trust, a non-profit making charity committed to the furthering of development and the preservation of John Clare Cottage, its collections and environment. All income is put into the preservation and running .