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


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. 

2. Toilets


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.


Picnics and Parties in the Gardens

For enquiries regarding organised picnics please contact info@stephenshouseandgardens.com  These require permission and are subject to a donation to the charity.

Present rules for Covid. Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6) You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:

in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

From 17 May the Government are currently proposing the following: that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted  




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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