For families

A fantastic family day

Try on costumes and imagine life in Victorian times © Sharon Ball

Try on costumes and imagine life in Victorian times

Families with children - and grandchildren - of all ages will find plenty to keep everyone busy at Charlecote. Rain or shine there's always something to do, and our visitors tell us it's a special place they love to keep returning to throughout the year.

The house is open every day except Wednesdays. The Victorian kitchen and the outbuildings are open to explore every day but we're not always able to cook on Wednesdays.

Fun for all ages

Come and play in Major Mustard’s house in the woodland garden © Jana Eastwood

Come and play in Major Mustard’s house in the woodland garden

Spring into action in our park and gardens.

  • Explore the woodland garden and Major Mustard's woven willow house.
  • Walk through the gate at the end of the long border to find the grass spiral ready to run around.
  • Take a longer walk around the parkland and see if you can spot swans and ducks on the river.

Journey of Discovery

Take a Journey of Discovery through our parkland © Jana Eastwood

Take a Journey of Discovery through our parkland

Bring your members' magazine or download the poster from the Journey of Discovery page and see how many spring plants, animals and birds you can spot in our parkland and gardens.

Recreate your discoveries to enter the competition to win a delightful original framed illustration by Benedict Blathwayt.

Find out more about our wildlife.

Under 5s are free

Under 5s come in to National Trust places for free, and where better to tire out your terrible twos or fractious fours?

A couple of hours outdoors at Charlecote could be just what you all need to recharge your batteries. The paths are buggy-friendly but you'll need to leave buggies in the porch before going in the house.

'Our four-year old grandson was kept occupied for the five hours we were here.'

Rain doesn't stop play

Look who's hiding in the house this Easter

Who's hiding in the house in the Easter holidays? Can you find all the Cuddly Critters today?

Pick up the children’s trail in the Great Hall from one of our room guides and find out more about the objects collected by the Lucy family.

Book ahead for one of our family events.

The Victorians weren't so vile!

See what’s happening in the Victorian kitchen today, help with the cooking and try on a maid’s costume to share the experience of Victorian life.

Take a look in the outbuildings and imagine a servant's tough everyday life.

History all around you

Our friendly room guides will talk to you about anything that interests you, they have lots of stories to tell.

It's worth taking a closer look as they share some of the things you might just miss.

50 things...

Charlecote's a great place to start your adventure:

  • Run around in the rain
  • Explore inside a tree
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Fly a kite or hunt for bugs
  • Track wild animals and go birdwatching

The great outdoors

Everyone can try a game of croquet

You can let off steam running round our giant grass spiral or try a game of croquet on our Croquet Lawn from the end of May. There's a set of rules to get you started or just enjoy the challenge.

Play with our giant games or try hide and seek around the trees on the Cedar Lawn.

Our parkland paths are buggy-friendly for a longer walk too.

Watching wildlife

There’s all sorts of wildlife here, from bugs in the gardens to magnificent swans and herons on the river. Look and listen to discover something fascinating.

Our Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam the parkland and we'll have new pigs behind the stables again in the spring.


Pick up a children's lunch box in the restaurant

Pick up a children's lunch box in the restaurant

The Orangery restaurant offers children’s meals and snacks, and we’re happy for you to bring your own food for babies.

When we're busy, there's a tea tent for snacks in the tea-garden by the Stables so you don't have to queue in the restaurant. There are ice creams, drinks and crisps in the Pantry shop next to the entrance to the Victorian kitchen.

You are always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy by the river whatever the weather.



Our Servants' Hall shop has lots of pocket-money priced toys, games, sweets and books for you to enjoy.

Find ice-creams in our Pantry shop by the Victorian kitchen.

There's always a selection of children's books in the Stables second-hand bookshop too - perhaps you can pick up a classic to share.