Come and explore at Charlecote this spring

Children run with kits in summer parkland at Charlecote Park

Families with children - and grandchildren - of all ages will find plenty to keep everyone busy at Charlecote. Rain or shine there's always something to discover, and our visitors tell us this is a special place they love to return to throughout the year.

Half-term trail

Enjoy our new Textures of Charlecote trail this half term and take a closer look at nature's own designs.

The trail runs from 25 May-2 June and costs £3 per trail, with a small prize at the end. Normal admission prices apply to non-National Trust members.

Explore outdoors

There’s always plenty of space just to run round and play games, whatever the weather. You can buy bug-hunting kits and other outdoor activities such as simple kites from the Servants' Hall shop, and play with them straight away.

Wellies on, ready to go!
There's plenty of room for the family to run around at Charlecote this spring
Wellies on, ready to go!

Balance bikes only, please. The paths are too uneven and busy with visitors for pedal bikes.

Wild about nature – what will you spot today?

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while, or pop in to the bird hide in the Spinney.

Watch the ducks, swans and herons on the river but don't feed bread to them at Charlecote or anywhere else. They'll gobble it up but it upsets their tummies. Wild bird seed is much better for them.

Look around the gardens and see how many ladybirds and butterflies you can see today.

Flying, swimming, running... what is our wildlife doing today?
Family at picnic bench watch wildlife in parkland at Charlecote
Flying, swimming, running... what is our wildlife doing today?

Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit but watch them from the pathways though, They are large and unpredictable wild animals though, and should never be approached. Even our Ranger never handles the deer.

The Victorians weren't so vile!

See what’s happening in the Victorian kitchen, help with the cooking and try on a maid’s costume to share the experience of Victorian life. Pick up a Servants' Trail in the kitchen too.

Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers. 

(Sorry, we don't always have enough volunteers to cook in the kitchen every day, please phone ahead if this is an important part of your visit).

See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today
Children watch volunteer in Victorian kitchen at Charlecote Park
See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today

Come and see how the Lucy family lived in Victorian times and try to find all the Cuddly Critters hiding in the house. Our friendly room guides will help you if you can't spot them all, and they'll tell you about anything that interests you.

Take care

  • Please cross the busy road from Visitor Reception with caution.
  • Buggies and fragile artefacts just don't mix so you'll be asked to leave pushchairs and large rucksacks at the front door of the house.
  • Please keep an eye on children in your care at all times. The riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced.
  • Please help little ones to keep to the winding paths in the woodland garden - short-cuts trample the plants!

    Our woodland water feature was vandalised by unsupervised children. We are a charity, and receive no Government funding. We don't yet know if - or when - we'll be able to replace it.
Whatever the weather...
Children in wellies in puddles at Charlecote Park
Whatever the weather...

Did you know…?

… every Family Membership sold by our friendly Visitor Reception team at Charlecote generates a payment to us from central funds and directly helps us look after this special place. And you all get a whole year of days out at 500 places!

... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.

... we have £10 membership for 5-17 year-olds.

… under-5s come in to all National Trust places for free.

… you’re always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy by the river, all year round.

Check social media before travelling to Charlecote on busy Bank Holidays

Busy Bank Holidays and sunny weekends 

For safety and conservation reasons we will close the whole property to new visitors for an hour or two if we reach capacity. Please don't park on the village verges as you will not be admitted during this time. Find out how we manage busy days.

Find a ‘50 things’ event

We've got loads of events to help you try out different ‘50 things’ activities, from den building workshops, to learn how to cook on a camp fire.

Join as a family

Join today and your membership will help us to protect the landscapes you and your family love to explore