Fun for families at Clandon Park

Family in the garden at Clandon Park, Surrey

Discover something different for kids at one of the UK’s biggest heritage projects. Clandon Park is the perfect place to let your family’s imagination run wild. Inspire budding architects and designers with floating fireplaces and bright building blocks and then head outdoors to find a trim trail hidden away in the treeline.

Visiting Clandon Park provides a unique opportunity to explore behind the scenes of an extraordinary building at a special moment in its history. But it’s not a moment that’s going to last forever; this contemporary ruin can only be seen for a limited time before work begins to restore and rebuild the house. 

Pull on your hard hats and take a wander through an extraordinary ruin
Visitors on the walkway at Clandon Park
Pull on your hard hats and take a wander through an extraordinary ruin

See the house

Pull on your hard hats and your high-vis jackets and step inside to explore the house in its post-fire state. Little explorers can follow two walkways: head into the ground floor to see important State Rooms and then into the basement spaces for amazing views upwards. You can see all the way from the basement’s stone floor to the scaffolding roof with fireplaces left by the fire floating in between. 

Down in the basement you’ll find interesting objects from the collection that were discovered in the ashes after the fire to look at. Some are perfectly preserved; others have been damaged and changed by incredibly high temperatures. Kids can imagine how they’d rebuild the house with set of giant, brightly coloured building blocks under the arches. 

Please note the house tour is suitable for children ages 2 and above. 

Garden games and places to play

Sunny days and freshly cut lawns mean garden games. Become a master of the mallet by trying your hand at croquet. You’ll find them all waiting for you on the West Lawn or just ask a member of staff.

Find balance beams, slalom posts and a log path in secret spaces under ancient trees
Family in the garden at Clandon Park, Surrey
Find balance beams, slalom posts and a log path in secret spaces under ancient trees

When you’ve achieved victory on the croquet lawn there’s more places to play with a trim trail tucked away in the trees at the edge of the garden. There are balance beams, slalom posts and a log path where children can run off some energy, and then there are some secret seats hidden under ancient trees for ready for an ice-cream break. 

More to see and do outdoors

After you’ve discovered the house, the garden is full of big trees, high hedges and other nooks and crannies for hide and seek. Little ones can hop, skip and jump through the butterfly filled meadow, and there are perfect picnic spots all over the garden to throw down a blanket and enjoy your homemade treats. 

You’ll see waterlilies unfurling and borders bursting with colour in the Dutch Garden and, if you look carefully, you might even spot a peacock parading on the lawn…

Hop, skip and jump around a butterfly-filled meadow
Family in the garden at Clandon Park, Surrey
Hop, skip and jump around a butterfly-filled meadow

What you need to know

Clandon Park is open from March to November, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am -5pm. Exploring the house is suitable for everyone over the age of 2 and is untimed, you can take as long or as little time as you like. Admission is £8.40 for adults, £4.20 for children (under 5s free), £21 for families (2 adults, 2 children) and free of charge for National Trust members. Amenities are still limited following the fire, but temporary toilets (one accessible) are available at Visitor Reception where limited refreshments are also available. Please dress for the weather, with sensible footwear particularly recommended. Hard hats and high-vis jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on the walkways.