At Glyndebourne

Opening hours

Opening hours: 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri (excluding bank holidays)

The Glyndebourne gardens, Shop and Long Bar are open to ticket holders before the performance. As opening times vary, we include information either on your ticket or on a separate flyer within your ticket wallet. Alternatively please check the performance schedule.

During the Tour the Glyndebourne gardens, Shop and Long Bar open two hours prior to the start of matinee performances, and two and a half hours prior to the start of an evening performance.


Performances have a long interval lasting approximately 90 minutes, allowing plenty of time for dining in one of Glyndebourne’s restaurants or a picnic in the gardens.

During the Tour performances have a shorter 20-minute interval, and you can dine either before or after the performance, depending on the performance start time. You can find the performance start times in the brochure and on your tickets.

Bells, clearly audible in the gardens, are rung ten, five and three minutes before curtain-up at the beginning of the performance and at the end of the intervals.

The Glyndebourne gardens and lake

Glyndebourne encourages you to enjoy the gardens, but please be aware the lake is not fenced and therefore children should be accompanied at all times. Please note that not all areas of the gardens are illuminated after dark.

Picnicking in the gardens

Picnicking in the gardens is an age-old tradition. As these are private gardens, we’d really appreciate it if all visitors took their rubbish home with them and did not leave it in the grounds or at Lewes station.

So all visitors to Glyndebourne can enjoy the beautiful gardens and views, we’re unable to permit gazebos or any type of awning. If you do require covered or group catering, please contact Leith’s to discuss options available.

You can book places in our new Garden Marquee which is situated in the Orchard and by the River Cottage Deli. Spaces can be reserved for £10 per person. Please phone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 815 000 to book.

A limited number of free picnic tables, particularly for use during bad weather, ​are ​situated on the Upper Circle level​. In the interests of fairness, and as a result of customer feedback, a queuing system is in place from the Blue Circle side, and access is given to the Upper Circle tables at 3pm Mondays-Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. Please note: at Festival 2018 there are a few performances when the queuing system will start 1pm, when the gardens open – please check the performance schedule for full timings. There is also a​ free marquee by the Archive Gallery​ next to the main car park, which accommodates up to 200 customers. Picnic tables and chairs are provided​.

NB. ​Given the limited availability of picnic tables on the Upper Circle ​and​ in the marquee, we recommend you bring your own dining furniture with you where possible ​to avoid disappointment. Subject to availability, it’s ​also ​possible to reserve picnic furniture​, porter service (and picnics!)​ through Leith’s Glyndebourne’s on-site caterers​.

The gardens

Glyndebourne's gardens are a treat for the senses all year round. Discover more about what's going on in the garden and the people who look after it.

Visit the Archive

The Glyndebourne Archive holds a wealth of material for the purposes of research, private study or curiosity.

Glyndebourne secrets

A face behind the bamboo, Audrey Mildmay’s plaque, ‘IW’ marked in stone and The mail box.