Once upon a time places

All of the places we look after have their own fascinating stories to tell. A few of these places are really special because they share their stories with some rather famous book and film characters. Children can walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter, enter Batman’s secret lair and find out what a real Hobbit hole looks like inside. What’s your family’s favourite story? Look at the places below and start planning your day out.

Family visitors in the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Lacock or Hogwarts? National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Walk in Harry Potter's footsteps 

If you or your children are Harry Potter fans, you can have a great family day out exploring familiar places. Start with Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, which became Hogwarts for the films.

Girl running under a line of trees at Batemans
Recreate The Jungle Book at Batemans National Trust Images / John Millar

Glimpse behind the Just So Stories

Bateman's, East Sussex was home to Rudyard Kipling. Visit with your family to glimpse behind the Just So Stories and see illustrations from The Jungle Book.

Visitor at Henrhyd Falls, Powys
Discover Batman's lair in Wales National Trust Images / John Millar

Discover Batman's secret lair 

The Henrhyd Falls in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, starred as Batman's hideout in The Dark Knight Rises. Will you and the kids brave the 27m waterfall to access the superhero's den?

Cyclist on a bridge in the Lake District
Have your own Swallows and Amazons adventure National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Step into Swallows and Amazons 

Coniston, in Cumbria, is where Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons stories are set. Visit with your family to have your own adventure.

The moondial at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Where will the moondial at Belton House take you? National Trust Images / Robert Morris

See the real moondial

The moondial of Helen Cresswell's children's book and the television programme lives at Belton House, Lincolnshire. Take the kids to see how it works.

Children playing at The Vyne
Ready to explore The Vyne? National Trust / Arnhel de Serra

Have a Middle-earth adventure

There's a Middle-earth playground just waiting for your kids at The Vyne in Hampshire. Don't miss the Roman ring found nearby, which is believed to have inspired Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Visitors at Hill Top admire Beatrix Potter's dolls' house
Beatrix Potter's dolls' house at Hill Top, Cumbria National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Visit Beatrix Potter's house 

Go on a family day out to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house in Cumbria, and discover the treasures on display. Don't miss the doll's house that inspired The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

The eighteenth-century dovecote in the garden at Antony, Cornwall
Play Alice in your own wonderland National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Wander around Wonderland

Antony House in Cornwall was transformed into Alice's Wonderland for Tim Burton's 2010 film. Walk through the magical house and gardens with your family for your own Wonderland adventure.

View though the autumnal trees in woodland on the Ashridge Estate
Will you find Maleficient in the forest? National Trust Images / Michael Caldwell

Get lost in the Enchanted Forest

The Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire became the Enchanted Forest in the 2014 film, Maleficent. Take the kids to explore the mysterious woods and tread the path of the film's star, Angelina Jolie.