Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Open Garden Squares Weekend - The public ballot to visit the garden at 10 Downing Street is now open!

The public ballot to visit the garden at 10 Downing Street is now open!

As part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019, the London Parks & Gardens Trust is offering the rare opportunity to visit 10 Downing Street and take an exclusive guided tour of the garden.

Find out how the ballot works on our website, or read our blog to discover more about the garden. Then click the button below for a chance to win a place on a garden tour.
Enter the Downing Street public ballot now
Due to extremely high demand for places, entry is allotted only via a public ballot, which will be open until midday on 21 March. The winners will be contacted shortly thereafter.
There will be two tours on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 11.30am and 1.30pm, with 24 places available on each tour.
You do not need to have purchased an Open Garden Squares Weekend ticket to enter the ballot.
Photo: 10 Downing Street © Jay Allen Crown
10 Downing Street © Jay Allen Crown
If you miss out on the ballot this year, don’t despair! You can still explore some of the best gardens in the city, which are not normally open to the public, during Open Garden Squares Weekend on 8-9 June. All our gardens are now listed online, so you can now browse the map and garden list to get a flavour of what's on offer. 
Buy Open Garden Squares Weekend tickets now at advance prices - just £15 for adults with discounts for students, young people and groups. Under 12s go free!
Details of our free cycle rides are now up on our website. These hugely popular tours are led by members of the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclists in Southwark. Where possible, the rides go through quieter, characterful streets. You are welcome to leave or join the rides at any point. No need to book – just turn up with your bike.

Photo: Crescent Garden © Diana Jarvis 
Watch this space for details of pre-bookable guided walks and further balloted garden tours. The Open Garden Squares Weekend team is also confirming details of some very exciting events and activities which will take place during the Weekend - more information coming soon! Check our Activities web page for details as soon as they are confirmed. 

Photo: Manchester Square Gardens © Anna Barclay
When you buy a ticket online, you will receive an e-ticket by email. You can show this on your phone or print it out to use over the Weekend. If you buy an advance ticket, you will receive a guidebook by post in May (UK only). One guidebook will be posted out per single ticket, and then one per two tickets thereafter.