Plan Your Visit to Clare Cottage

  • Opening Hours 


    The Cottage is open, Friday, Saturday and Monday

    From April 1st 2018 the opening hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (Last entry to the Cottage 3 pm)

    From October 29th 2018 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 25333

  • Entrance Fees 

    Standard Admissions
    Gift Aid Admission

    Adult -                 £4.95



    Children (U16) - £4.20


    Concession -      £4.20                                                                         £4.65


    Family (2+2) -   £16.50


  • Visitor Information:

    It is with regret that we have temporarily closed the John Clare Cottage until further notice. It is becoming more apparent that people are becoming more concerned about the recent acceleration in Covid19 cases.

    Even though we have been cleaning and disinfecting more we must take into account the health and welfare of our customers and the volunteers who help run the centre.

    We will closely monitor Government advice and put any updates on our website in respect of the re-opening date.

    Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you later in the year.

    You can contact the Cottage on 01733 253330 or by viewing our website



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.