Family visits to Goddards House and Garden

Goddards family playing in autumn leaves

Imagine growing up in a house like Goddards. Cricket in the corridors and hide and seek in the gardens. That was how the Terry children enjoyed it in the 1930s. Bring your family to explore the five acres of gardens and soak up the family history of the house.

Ten things to do at Goddards to make you feel at home

1. Get hands on and have a go on the old typewriter and find out what it was like to be a typist at the factory.

2. Learn some 1920s games and have a go at bagatelle (a bit like old fashioned pinball).

3. Explore the garden and hunt around the insect hotel to see what bugs and beasties you can find.

4. Stand still like a heron at the side of the pond and see what fish you can spot.

5. Follow the 'Tops Tails' trail of the Terry family's favourite pets and how they perform against the animals and insects featured on tree stumps dotted around the gardens. 

6. Learn how to tie a bow tie like Peter Terry – take care not to get yourself in knots.

7. Sit on the furniture in the drawing room and feel like you own the place – or indulge in a slice of chocolate cake on the terrace.

8. Play clock golf in the gardens (and find out what clock golf is!)

9. Be inspired by Wimbledon and try your hand at tennis on the grass court - we have wooden racquets you are welcome to borrow.

10. Enjoy the ‘click’ and ‘clack’ of croquet in the garden

Alongside that, expect chocolate themed weeks and horse inspired play on race days. See what family events and activities are coming up throughout the year.

Try croquet on the lawn at Goddards
Croquet on the lawn at Goddards
Try croquet on the lawn at Goddards

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback from visitors which saw us being awarded a coveted Highly Commended award by York’s Little Vikings magazine in their Best Chocolate Experience category, 2019.

" I like going into the secret garden and seeing what we can find, like butterflies and wild flowers. It's fun when the garden games are out too - I even beat my brother at croquet!"
- Esther, age 7