Half term adventures in the North West

Make the most of October half term at National Trust places in Liverpool, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Pull on your wellies and crunch through leaves on a wild walk or follow a discovery trail for a family adventure with a difference. Every visit to the National Trust this autumn helps Europe’s largest conservation charity care for special places for years to come.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

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

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. 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.

Family on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank in autumn

Travel back in time and seek out the magic at Quarry Bank

The machines are roaring into action at Quarry Bank once again! Step inside the mill to discover what life was like for the children who worked here and feel the floor shake beneath your feet as the looms make fabric in front of your eyes. Outside, there's something magical happening – tiny doors have appeared in the trees and potions have popped up in the herb garden. Pick your very own wand to start your adventure and decorate it with nature's treasures as you explore

A mother and daughter watch the deer in the park at Dunham Massey in autumn

Have a hoot at Dunham Massey

Hooty the owl is having an autumn festival at Dunham Massey and he’s invited all his owl friends along. Step into the gardens and find out what Hooty’s friends are bringing to the festival. As you explore the winding paths as a family, you'll also learn lots about owls. And don't forget to take a wander through the park to see the deer who look impressive at this time of year. If you're lucky, you might just see them going head-to-head in the annual deer rut.

Little girl plays with autumn leaves at Lyme, Cheshire

Enjoy the sensory season at Lyme

Experience the seasons changing at Lyme, from the crunch of leaves beneath your wellies in the ancient woods to the roar of the red deer rut – it’s a feast for the senses. Visit Lantern Wood to take in the changing autumn colours or if it's a blustery day, why not bring a kite to fly on Cage Hill. Lyme is the perfect place to tick-off some '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities. Be sure to dress for the weather, and warm up after your adventures with hot chocolate.

A visitor holding a pumpkin

Help a dragon or pick a pumpkin at Tatton

Digby the Dragon has lost his precious eggs, can you help him find them all? Head to the farm to take on the trail, pause for a spooky selfie with Digby in the woodland, then collect your chocolate egg reward. You can also pick your very own pumpkin fresh from the field to take home with you to carve.

Family exploring the woodland at Alderley Edge

Seek out a wizard in the woods at Alderley Edge

Follow in the footsteps of wizards on the signposted trails at Alderley Edge. Explore the wooded landscape with a rainbow of autumn colour and impressive views - perfect for your seasonal photos. Get toasty with a hot drink and a slice of homemade cake in the Wizard Tea Room to end your magical day.

family in China

Have a colourful day at Biddulph Grange Garden

Shake up your senses on a colourful day out in the autumn garden at Biddulph. Jump in crunchy leaves, discover shiny conkers and burn off energy in the fresh air. You'll feel like you've been transported to another world (or country) in the Chinese garden where the golden larch and the acers are ablaze with reds and oranges - a picture-perfect backdrop for a family photo.