Experience more adventures with your grandchildren

Grandparent and grandson playing on a log at dyffryn gardens

Do you want to discover more things to do with your grandchildren? Whether it’s a weekday visit, an after-school activity or a half-term treat, here are some ways to make the most of your time together.

Share secrets of the past

Did you hear the one about the Roman snails that invaded Chedworth 2,000 years ago? Amaze and baffle your grandkids with unexpected histories. At our Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, young explorers can uncover the legend of Finn McCool, the Irish giant said to have built the basalt columns to fight his Scottish nemesis. Or visit Bodiam Castle in East Sussex where a costumed character will entertain the little ones with stories from its gruesome past.

Children sword-fighting in the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria
 Children sword-fighting in the grounds of Wray Castle
Children sword-fighting in the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria

Special places for little legs

Whether you’re by the coast or in the countryside, exploring on foot is one of the best ways to show your grandchildren the great outdoors. Lots of the places we look after offer easy walks that will satisfy both young and more seasoned adventurers, as well as accessible routes that are suitable for pushchairs. At Blickling Estate in Norfolk you can embark on a buggy-friendly trail through historic parkland, whilst at Baggy Point in Devon you’ll enjoy spectacular sea views and excellent wildlife spotting opportunities.

Born to be wild

Skimming stones, rock pooling and flying a kite are just a few ways to teach your grandkids about nature. Our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ guide is perfect for planning an adventurous day out, whatever the weather. Your little ones can try den-building at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire or play pooh sticks at Minnowburn in County Antrim. Get stuck into our 50 things and enjoy a wild adventure together.

Cycling in the woodland at Osterley Park, London
Grandad and grandson cycling through the woods
Cycling in the woodland at Osterley Park, London

Food, glorious food

Feeling peckish? We’ve got cafés, restaurants and tea-rooms with food to tickle even the most discerning of taste buds. Tuck into a tasty lunch at Hinton Ampner in Hampshire – with pick and mix boxes for little appetites and hearty one-pot wonders for grown-ups. Food isn’t the only thing on our menu at Belton House. Little ones will love exploring the adventure playground inside the café while you enjoy a well-earned cuppa. Or take your grandchildren to see their favourite TV chefs in action at this year's Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. From 2-5 August 2018, they can learn to make the perfect loaf or tea-time treat from some of the nation's best-loved chefs.

Visitors oustide in the cafe at Stourhead, Wiltshere
Family and child with drinks and snacks
Visitors oustide in the cafe at Stourhead, Wiltshere

Go wildlife spotting

Foster their love of nature with a day spent wildlife watching. From new-born lambs to feathered friends, you’ll be greeted by all kinds of animals at special places across the country. Inspire inquisitive children at Stackpole: spot the charismatic otters in the lake and bats roosting in the woodland. At Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire you could see marsh harriers and free roaming Konik ponies. Bring a pair of binoculars and watch your grandkids’ curiosity grow.

Crabbing at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk
Crabbing at Blakeney National Nature Reserve Norfolk
Crabbing at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk

Tell tales

Follow in the footsteps of famous children’s authors at Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century house in Cumbria or Rudyard Kipling’s home, Bateman’s, in East Sussex. Experience the magic of Harry Potter at Lacock in Wiltshire – the beautifully-preserved abbey starred in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling novels. Encourage their love of reading and adventure by picking up a copy of Go Wild in the Woods, a pocket-sized survival guide for budding explorers.

Get crafty

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a range of craft activities for all the family. Aspiring artists can master a digital portrait at Beningbrough, paint a landscape at Allan Bank or swap the smartphone for quill and ink at Coleridge. Creative children can get imaginative at Dyffryn Gardens. Have a go at sewing in the morning room, play the piano or try out the typewriters – everything in the house has been designed to be interactive.

Hallowe'en fun at Eastbury Manor House, Essex
Enjoying Halloween at our places
Hallowe'en fun at Eastbury Manor House, Essex

Feeling inspired? For an adventure on your doorstep, search our days out guide for things to do in your area. Opening times may vary so don’t forget to check before you visit.