A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Visitor guidance

Guidance for Garden Visitors

All Tier 5 Guidance must be observed please see additional Tier 5 Guidance section

1. Access

The gardens will be open from 1000 until 1400, 7 days a week, Access to the gardens is through all gates. The playground and fitness equipment are available and we would ask that all visitors observe social distancing. Staff and Volunteers will be on hand to offer advice.  The gardens may be closed at any time in the case of emergency or if visitors are not adhering to the guidelines. The café is open for takeaway.  Please wear a face covering and observe the queuing system for your safety and the safety of others and our staff.

2. Toilets

Limited toilets facilities will be opened in the stables next to the cafe, including 1 with baby change facilities, plus access will be available to the changing places toilet. These facilities will be open during the cafe's opening times only. 

3. Dogs

In addition to the existing rules and bye laws regarding dogs, all dog owners are advised to keep their animal under close control at all times, if dogs are not kept under control the owner will be asked to put their dog on a lead or leave.

There will be staff on duty at all times that the gardens are open, staff will supported by volunteers. If you have any concerns you should make contact, at a safe distance, with staff on duty they will all be visible to you.

4. Gym equipment

The gym trail equipment is out of use due to lateset government rules

Covid 19 Additional Tier 4 Guidance

Meeting others safely

In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

You can exercise or visit a public outdoor place

by yourself
with the people you live with,
with your support bubble,
or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care are not counted towards the outdoors gatherings limit.

Public outdoor places include:

parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
the grounds of a heritage site
outdoor sports courts and facilities

You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

Picnics and Parties in the Gardens

Organised Picnics and Parties are currently not permitted within the Gardens 

You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups .

If you gather in groups you will be asked to leave the gardens




Dogs are permitted in the grounds but their handlers must observe the following regulations.

1     Dogs must be under supervision and proper control, and must not cause a nuisance to other people or any creature.

2     Dogs must be kept on a fixed length lead (max 2 metres) on the paths surrounding the lower green and on the terrace.   Long, extendable or retractable leads must not be used.

3     Dogs are not permitted on the lower green, in the children’s playground or in the pond.

4     The person in charge of a dog must immediately clear up any dog faeces, and deposit the waste in the special bins provided for that purpose. They must not use the ordinary litter bins.

Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the Cafe and the House. All other dogs are not permitted.

Copies of Barnet Borough Bye Laws on Dogs can be downloaded from this page.


Bicycles or similar non power-driven vehicles may be ridden on level metalled paths only, apart from: The west path from the Avenue Entrance to the Terrace entrance, including the terrace, and the south path from (and including) the terrace past the rear of the stables as far as the path entrance from the stable yard.

Please do not ride bicycles on lawns or through planted areas.

Electric/power driven scooters are not allowed in the  Gardens

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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