Your favourite autumn family days out

We asked you to tell us about your favourite places for a family day out this autumn. From dodging the waves on East Head, West Sussex to spotting the ‘murder holes’ of Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, there are lots of adventures in store at the destinations you picked.

Each of the places below has been chosen by the people who know best – children and their parents. We’d love to know your family’s favourite places in autumn. Please let us know by sharing them with us on Facebook or Twitter.

A red squirrel moving among foliage in the woods
Look out for Mount Stewart's red squirrels National Trust Images / John Millar

Mount Stewart, County Down

The extensive gardens are a great place for the kids to go to let off steam. Autumn is the ideal time to go in search of the statue of the white stag and to look for the many red squirrels that call the gardens home. Ask a member of staff or a volunteer for a children’s tracker pack, which includes binoculars, puzzles and outdoor activities, to help the kids explore.

Child dressing up in armour
Child dressing up in armour at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex National Trust Images/John Millar

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam is a castle with bags of medieval character - great for an atmospheric autumn day out with the kids. There are spiral staircases, historic battlements and a look-out tower plus a portcullis, moat and ‘murder holes’ to keep out enemies.

 Passengers aboard the Gondola on the water
Passengers aboard the Gondola National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Coniston, Cumbria

Coniston has lots of quiet roads, forest trails and bridleways – great for a family walk, an hour or two of exploring or for going on a really long bike ride (50 things challenge number 11). For something a bit different, take the Steam Yacht Gondola to Monk Coniston and follow the trail through its special trees.

A solitary seal sits with its head upright and its paws supporting it on a beach at Blakeney Point
A solitary seal sits on a beach National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

East Head, West Sussex

Beaches aren’t just for summer. With seals and sand lizards to spot and dunes to play in on East Head, there’s plenty to fill those autumn days. The soft sand is perfect for a bit of wild art (50 things challenge number 18) or some beach games.

Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

Standing on a rocky crag 100ft (30.5m) above the sea and accessible only via a causeway, Lindisfarne has all the right ingredients for a blustery autumn adventure. See more of Holy Island while rockpooling, birdwatching and flying your kite, three of our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Be sure to check the tide times when you visit and remember the castle will be closed for winter.

 Children in a den at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
Build your very own den in Joiner's Wood National Trust / Dominic Rusell-Price

Nostell Priory and Parkland, Yorkshire

The parkland at Nostell is just waiting to be explored. Make the adventure play area your first stop off point - we've got everything from wobble dishes and totter beams to spring horses, sound rollers and wooden playhouses. There’s also a brand new zip wire, just waiting to be whooshed down. In the house, don't miss the chance to dress up like a Victorian in the servants' quarters.

Visitor cycling on the Blickling Estate
Visitor cycling on the Blickling Estate, Norfolk National Trust Images / John Millar

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Blickling is captivating in the autumn, as the trees start to turn. There’s plenty to see on this estate, and you can explore on foot, by bike or on a Segway tour. The Great Wood is a brilliant place for building dens (50 things challenge number 4) and the fallen tree on the way up to the Orangery is a good place to hunt for creepy crawlies (challenge number 31).

A view of Powis Castle and terraces. Powys, Wales
Powis Castle and Garden National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Powis Castle, Powys

Powis is a great stomping ground for children in autumn. Follow the route of the wilderness walks through the woods, see if you can spot the bird and bat boxes. There’s also a special trail for those tackling our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Children can also follow clues around the castle and retrace the footsteps of Welsh princes in this impressive medieval fortress.

The Island Pavilion and bridges with Croome Court in the distance
The Island Pavilion and bridges with Croome Court in the distance National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Croome, Worcestershire

With the RAF connections of Croome is the place for budding pilots. The RAF-themed playground comes complete with a parachute swing, a look-out tower and an aeroplane slide. There are also explorer packs to help the kids seek out bugs in the autumn leaves (50 things challenge number 31), and a natural play area for den building (50 things challenge number 4).

 A Roman gives a talk to visitors
A Roman gives a talk to visitors at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

Chedworth Roman Village, Gloucestershire

The Romans left a curious legacy here: snails. These little creatures are protected so can’t be handled but you can still look out for them or children can use one of our tracker packs to identify some mini beasts (50 things challenge number 31). The kids can be a Roman for the day armed with an explorer’s map. You can round off your visit at the planetarium-style Discovery Dome.