Family days out near Plymouth

With the promise of crunching through leaves, rosy cheeks and hot chocolates, find out what’s on offer for families at National Trust places in and around the Plymouth area this autumn. With walks, cycle routes, and gardens to explore, take your pick for your family’s next adventure.

Please book ahead before visiting

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. We’re reopening the places you love, safely and in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens, parks and houses, especially at busy times such as weekends. See what’s open and ready for you to book this week below.

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Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

More autumn fun near Plymouth
Eighteenth-century dovecote at Antony, Cornwall

Gardens near Plymouth 

Autumn is taking a hold of our gardens near Plymouth. Here are some places to explore this colourful season.

Cyclists cycling through Plymbridge

Cycle routes and trails near Plymouth 

Near Plymouth there are cycle trails for all abilities, great for getting active and making the most of the amazing countryside near the city.

Visitors in the house at Tyntesfield wearing masks

Ideas for a rainy day out in the South West 

Stuck for something to do on a rainy day, or looking for houses to explore for a dose of history? In the South West, we're reopening the buildings you love, safely and in line with government advice.

Walker and cyclist near Cadover Bridge in the Upper Plym Valley

Autumnal walks near Plymouth

Crisp leaves underfoot, clear skies or clouds laden with rain, there's plenty of places to walk in autumn and enjoy the changing colours. Here are a few favourites near Plymouth to try out.

Family enjoying a picnic

Places to picnic in Cornwall 

Sandy beaches, colourful gardens, secluded coves: Cornwall is filled with perfect picnic spots which can be enjoyed whatever the weather (just don't forget your waterproofs). Here are just a few suggestions for your next picnic.

A family enjoy the beach at Poldhu Cove

Family friendly beaches in Cornwall 

There are lots of beaches to explore in Cornwall. Here are some that are looked after by the National Trust awaiting your visit, and are beautiful year-round for hardy souls who brave a visit whatever the season.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

You'll find lots of places open now - over 40 houses, 135 gardens and parks, and hundreds of coastal and countryside sites. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.