Fun for families at Compton Castle

Compton Castle and garden in summer

This small fortified manor house is packed with fun things for families to do and keep your little-ones entertained. From dressing up in medieval costume, to spotter trail in the garden and even vintage games. Please remember to supervise them at all times.


Nature spotter trail

New for 2022 is a nature spotter trail for the medieval garden and is ideal for all ages. Available to pick up on arrival from a member of the visitor welcome team, get close to nature and become a Compton Castle adventurer.  


Medieval costumes

Visitors to Compton Castle can step back into medieval times with a range of handmade costumes for kids big and small to try on, as a group of Compton Castle's volunteers have been busy creating costumes for how people would have dressed in medieval times. 

As well as seeing the types of clothes, find out about how clothing showed what social class you belonged to, and the differences between men and women's outfits of the time.


Play games on the lawn

The smooth lawn in front of the castle is the perfect place for a game of quoits, a traditional game where you throw hoops and try to land them on the markers. Popular with all generations, who will have the perfect aim and get the most points? 


Enjoy a game of quoits on the lawn at Compton Castle
Children playing a traditional game of quoits
Enjoy a game of quoits on the lawn at Compton Castle


Did you know?

The squirrel is significant to Compton Castle as it was the name of the ship Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed to colonise Newfoundland in 1583 in the name of Queen Elizabeth I. As you explore this treasured family home, can you spot any squirrels?


Picnics in the orchard

Whatever the time of year, a picnic in the orchard is a must-do on your visit. In the spring lunch under the blossom of the apple trees, in the summer soak up the sunshine and race around the trails mown into the long grass, and in the autumn look for apples ripening on the trees.

Can't visit us? Activities to do at home