Family fun at Killerton
From the best places to for children to play at Killerton, to the '50 things' fun and family trails they can complete, find out about everything on offer for families.
Exploring in autumn
From September soak up a palette of dazzling autumnal colour around the estate. Enjoy exploring off the beaten track to come across secret paths, crunch leaves underfoot and take in the natural beauty of the changing season.
As you wander through the garden, discover the chapel grounds or climb an extinct volcano, why not tick of some of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾'? Take a look at the map for some ideas of activities that you could try as you explore Killerton. The activities are self-explanatory so you won’t need any equipment or see any signs, just enjoy being outside with nature. Download the map guide below and head to the top spots to try something new.
Visiting the house
The ground floor of the house will be open daily from 1-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Visits are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in the house. Please bring one with you.
Top five places to play at Killerton
There are all sorts of places to play at Killerton, from woods to parkland. Here are five of the best places to play when you visit, but the opportunities for a fun and playful visit are endless.
1. The Clump den building
After an adventurous climb up to the top of the Clump - the highest point at Killerton - you'll find a den building area where you can test your skills.
2. Sparrow Park
Two fallen veteran trees are a great place for clambering and climbing. Look out for big fungi growing on them in autumn and winter.
Keep your eyes open for swings as you explore the park. We often move them to new places, so ask in visitor reception for their latest location.
4. Park Wood den building
The more adventurous visitor might enjoy a walk to Park Wood where they will discover a secluded den building site. It makes a great place for a family afternoon creating the perfect forest shelter.
5. The lost house
It's an adventurous walk to the lost house but a great place for young imaginations and budding archaeologists.
'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Killerton
Killerton is a vast estate with 6,400 acres of parkland, woods, gardens and orchards to explore. Perfect for ticking off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾.'
4. Build a den
Explore the magnificent woods to discover the perfect haven for hiding - with a supply of sticks and twigs for building things.
6. Go welly wandering
There are acres of parkland to wandering in, don't miss the muddy puddles to jump in at this time of year too.
18. Create some wild art
Forage in the woods for some quirky craft materials. What will you create? Keep an eye out for events throughout the year for plenty of 50 things inspiration.
31. Make friends with a bug
Killerton's woodlands offer the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies – come and explore under rocks and in trees. What will you befriend?
34. Discover wild animal clues
The gardens and parkland are home to lots of wildlife including badgers, deer, foxes, otter and pheasants. See if you can spot any of them. Remember to stay quiet so you don’t scare them away.
44. Watch a bird
The estate is alive with birds all year. In winter, keep your eyes open for noisy rooks roosting in the chapel grounds and for the blue flash of jays as they dive into trees.
47. Cook on a campfire
Join us around a campfire on one of our many family events and activities and to cook marshmallows, apple fritters and more.