Family visits to Goddards House and Garden

Two children running around in Goddards Garden

From family fun trails to vintage games and pond dipping sessions there's something here for all the family.

Vintage Games

Have a go at some 1930s games and challenge your family to dominoes, draughts, chess, croquet or tennis. 
Enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn at Goddards
Croquet on the lawn at Goddards
Enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn at Goddards


Learn about life in the 1930s

Imagine what it was like to live as a child in the 1930s and learn some fun facts about chocolate.

Pond Dipping Sessions

Throughout the year our ponds are rife with wildlife - the perfect place to do a spot of pond dipping.

Mr Terry's Menagerie

Ask for a Mr Terry's Menagerie trail leaflet on arrival at Goddards or download the leaflet below and find out about all the weird and wonderful pets the Terry family kept and the animals still hiding in the house. Discover animals in the wallpaper patterns or learn about how the Terry's took their rabbits for walks on leads around York racecourse!
Download Mr Terrys Menagerie leaflet (PDF / 1.1MB) download

Hands-on house

We love to help families feel at home - so take a seat in the drawing room, try your hand at bagatelle (old fashioned pinball) or bash the keys on the typewriter upstairs.