For families

Feel the weight of the mail and chain armour © NTPL / John Millar

Feel the weight of the mail and chain armour

Ready for an adventure?

From enjoying some fresh air whilst exploring the terraced garden, to discovering something new in the house, we've got lots of activities for families to create their own adventures at Trerice.

Whether it's rain or sunshine there'll be something for families to learn and enjoy throughout the year.

Costume days

Since 2010 our volunteer costume team have been busy making outfits inspired by Tudor portraits for visitors to try on. Find out when our next costume day is and you too can become a Tudor.

Space to feel free

With lush lawns to roll around on and many different levels to explore, there's space to feel free around the garden at Trerice.

Here to help

Our friendly volunteer room guides in the house are here to share the best bits of Trerice and help families learn about life in the house.

Discover more indoors

  • Handle replica artefacts such as our armour, games and fabrics
  • Look up at the huge Great Hall window, fireplace and ceiling
  • Peer out of the Great Chamber window as Lord or Lady of the Manor
  • Spy on other visitors through the Minstrel's Gallery openings
  • Ask a room guide about the fallen down North wing and its rebuilding

Trying on the armour

A young visitor feeling the weight of a mail vest at Trerice in Cornwall © John Millar

Get into the spirit of defending a house like Trerice by trying on mail and plate armour in the Great Hall. It's heavier than you'd think.

Playing games

Traditional games on the Great Hall table at Trerice in Cornwall © John Millar

There's no such thing as boredom at Trerice. The Great Hall is the perfect place to settle down to challenging siblings to a traditional game.

Brass rubbing

Capture the details of our brasses with your own rubbing © NT / Lee Searle

We've recreated brass monuments from the Arundell family of Trerice so visitors can take home their own rubbing.

Family fun outdoors

  • Challenge the family to traditional outdoor games
  • Climb up to the top terraces of the garden for a stunning view
  • Look out for bugs and butterflies around the garden
  • Find a sunny spot for a family picnic

  • The clues are there - house detectives at Trerice in Cornwall © NTPL / John Millar

    Become a house detective

    Look for clues as to the highs and lows of our long history. Spot the repairs, rebuilds and little details....

  • Challenge the family to a game of kayles (Cornish bowls) in the fresh air © John Millar

    Kayles (Cornish bowls)

    Try kayling or Cornish bowling. Playing high above the house it's easy to forget you're in the 21st century...