Visiting Polesden Lacey with children

Children playing at Polesden Lacey

Looking for a family adventure? We have 30 acres of gardens as well as a 1400 acre estate to explore at Polesden, so there is always plenty of fun to have.

Species spotting

Why not borrow a pair of binoculars and have a go at species spotting? The bird hide is a great place to start looking, but there’s plenty to spot around the gardens and out on the estate. We have an array of butterflies, wild orchids, house martins and swallows. 

If you hear a cuckoo while out on a walk, please tell one of our rangers. Cuckoos are in serious decline so it’s great to know if they’re around. 

Go on the hunt for some creatures
Children using binoculars to look at birds
Go on the hunt for some creatures

Squirrel’s Corner

Take on our adventure playground! Squirrel’s Corner is a great place for kids to let loose. We've recently developed our play area, so now there are many more obstacles to conquer, blackboards to draw on and places to build dens.

Children play at Polesden Lacey
Children play at Polesden Lacey
Children play at Polesden Lacey

50 things to do before you're 11¾ 

Did you know that we have a Guinness World Record for hill rolling? Seriously – take a look at our certificate in visitor reception. There's a list of 50 things we think you should do before you’re 11¾, and you can try loads of them at Polesden Lacey, like rolling down a really big hill, making a daisy chain, climbing a tree and flying a kite. 

Click here to find out more about the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. 

Perfect picnic spots

If you just want to sit back and relax, there are plenty of places in the gardens for picnics. Why not make up your own lunchbox in the Granary Café and find the perfect spot?

The south lawn has beautiful views of our estate; apple orchard has plenty of benches and is great for games; or Home Farm orchard is a lovely and peaceful picnicking place.