Our top gardens for children

Gardens are great places for children to explore and let their imaginations run wild. Playing hide and seek under giant rhubarb leaves, climbing trees, getting lost in mazes and making dens in natural play areas are just some of the adventures to be had. There are also hundreds of summer family events for you to enjoy, from drop-in art and craft workshops to outdoor theatre and geocaching. Check out our events calendar to see what’s on near you. Here’s our pick of the best places to enjoy some family fun in our gardens.

Children with porphyry urn in the temple at the garden in Anglesey Abbey

Find the tree house at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

Anglesey Abbey has a garden full of fun for all the family, especially the kids. They will love exploring the Wildlife Discovery Area, with its tree house and willow tunnels.

Child in adventure playground at Belton House

Take a miniature train ride at Belton House, Lincolnshire 

The miniature train ride at Belton House, Lincolnshire, is a favourite with young visitors. There are also I-spy trails, geocaches and pop-up hides in the garden – can you and the kids find them all?

Visitors in the Parterre garden at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Escape the maze at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Can you and the kids find your way through the giant maze in the gardens at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire? Success surely deserves a tasty treat at the Doll's House Café.

Visitors pond-dipping in the burn at Cragside, Northumberland

Discover the labyrinth at Cragside, Northumberland 

When you've finished spotting red squirrels at Cragside, Northumberland, head for the labyrinth. Cut out of a rhododendron forest, it's perfect for a family game of hide-and-seek.

A girl and boy admiring a flower in the garden at Erddig, Wales

Meet working horses at Erddig, Wrexham 

What better way to travel than on a horse-drawn carriage? Take a ride through beautiful woodland at Erddig, Wrexham, and then take the kids to meet the working horses at grooming time.

Visitors in the laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden

Get lost in the maze at Glendurgan, Cornwall 

Not many places have a beach at the bottom of the garden! Visit Glendurgan in Cornwall and you can build sandcastles with the kids as well as explore the famous cherry laurel maze.

The pavement maze at Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Spot wooden barn owls at Greys Court, Oxfordshire 

Can the children find the doors of all twenty fairy families who live in the gardens at Greys Court, Oxfordshire? There are wooden barn owls to spot in the colourful kitchen garden too - plenty to keep the kids busy!

A boy and his dad playing football in the garden at Hardwick Hall

Build a den at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 

Kids love the woodland play trail at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, which was designed by children for children. There's also fun to be had hoola-hooping, making mud pies and building dens.

Girl running in the garden at Nymans

Have fun at Nymans, West Sussex 

Garden fun is a strong tradition at Nymans, West Sussex. Visit in the summer and you'll see teepees, and there's plenty for the kids to explore, including balancing beams and a bamboo jungle.

Children sitting on the edge of the fountain at Mount Stewart House

Look for mythical creatures at Mount Stewart, County Down 

The garden at Mount Stewart, County Down, is an enchanted place, with lots of different areas to explore with your family. Don't miss the mythical animals on Dodo Terrace.