At Glyndebourne

Opening hours

View Box Office and Customer Service open hours

The Glyndebourne gardens, Shop and Long Bar open from 3pm on Mon - Sat and 2pm on Sundays on Festival performance days.

During the Tour, the Glyndebourne gardens, Shop and Long Bar open 2 hours prior to the start of the performance. 

The Glyndebourne Gardens and Lake

Glyndebourne encourages you to enjoy the gardens but please be aware that 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.


The taking of photographs and use of recording equipment in the auditorium is forbidden.

Food and drink

Food and drink are not permitted in the auditorium, shop or Organ Room.

Picnicking in the Grounds

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

In order that all visitors to Glyndebourne can enjoy the beautiful gardens and view we are 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.


Summer Festival 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. In the autumn Tour performances we have a shorter 20 minute interval.


Bells, clearly audible in the gardens, are rung 10, 5 and 3 minutes before curtain -up at the beginning of the performance and at the end of the intervals.

Lost property

Glyndebourne cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property left on the premises. Lost property is only kept until 31 December each year. In the event of loss please contact the Customer Service Department on +44 (0) 1273 815000.


Latecomers are not admitted into the auditorium but will be able to follow the opera via a live relay in the Organ Room. If a suitable pause occurs, patrons will be shown to their seats, although this might not be until the interval.

Patrons who wish to leave the auditorium during the performance cannot be readmitted unless there is a suitable pause.


Glyndebourne advises that children under the age of eight years old may find it difficult to maintain concentration for the duration of an opera. In the interests of the audience, Glyndebourne reserves the right to ask children to leave the auditorium if they are causing a disturbance.

First Aid

The First Aid room is situated on the Blue side of the auditorium on the Foyer Circle level and is manned by St John’s Ambulance personnel.


With the exception of guide dogs or hearing dogs, dogs must not be brought into the grounds and, for their own health, must not be left in vehicles in the car park. Guide dogs and hearing dogs can be taken into the auditorium.


Smoking is not permitted inside any building including the terraces and the Long Bar. For patrons wishing to smoke, ashtrays are provided in the designated open areas at either end of the Long Bar.

Why is there a time limit?

Due to demand from other customers seats are reserved for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to allow you to complete your purchase. If the order has not been completed within this time, all seats will be removed from your basket.