50 ways to enjoy the outdoors

Ever tried canoeing? We think it's a fantastic way for the whole family to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. See how many of our other 50 things to do before you're 11¾ list you can tick off. We've got lots of ideas to help you get outdoors and have a really wild time.

Family adventures

Visit one of our enchanted forests: home to fairies, boggarts and fire-breathing dragons. Enter Batman’s secret lair, storm our fairy-tale castles, and for Minecraft fans, try exploring a real life gold mine

Castles to coasts

Did you know that we look after 49 churches, 59 villages, 8 billiard tables and a waterfall? Plus mills, lighthouses, abbeys, castles, grand houses and miles of coast and countryside just waiting to be explored.

What's on near you

There's so much to celebrate and lots of ways to join in this season. We've hundreds of events, exhibitions and activities going on to inspire you and help you create memorable days out. Join us for a garden tour, discover some inspiring art exhibitions or bring your deckchair for some outdoor theatre.

Rainy day ideas

Don't let the weather rain on your parade. You can have tons of fun outdoors or in come rain or shine - all you need are your wellies. Our tea-rooms and restaurants are also cosy places to stop by for elevenses or meet up with friends for an afternoon treat.

Gardens and parks in bloom

An English rose garden in bloom at Mottisfont in Hampshire

An English rose garden in bloom at Mottisfont in Hampshire

Where better to enjoy the colourful blooms and sweet scents of the outdoors than in these gorgeous gardens and parks? Take a peaceful wander around a rich variety of garden from the world-famous to the hidden gems.

Fun in the outdoors

Come inside

Join us today

If you join us today, not only will you be free to discover hundreds of fascinating and special places, your membership fee means that together we can care for these places and spaces for ever, for everyone.

Group visits

Planning a group trip or a school visit? We've got all the information you will need to plan a truly inspirational and memorable group visit. We're more than happy to share our love of these places and collections with you and your group.

Something different?

We've loads of great ideas and themes for inspiring days out. Try the Shakespeare trail, walk in the steps of the Downton cast, or join us for the First World War centenary commemorations. Take a look at our days out guides for more inspiration.

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