Many of the beautiful houses and gardens we look after are imbued with a magic that you’d normally only find in the pages of a fairytale. There are fascinating stories just waiting for you and your family to uncover on your next day out.
From mansions that are guarded by dragons, to gardens where princesses once played, visit one of these places and you’ll find plenty to feed your imagination – whether you’re young or young-at-heart.
How long will it take the kids to discover the secret fairy house in the gardens at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire? They'll love looking inside this magical world.
Ightham Mote, Kent, has a curly wurly tree and goblin’s grotto in its gardens, which children love investigating. The house is charming too – perfect to discover on a rainy day.
Can you and the kids find your way to the middle of Nelly’s Labyrinth? Named after a reputed local witch, it’s just one of the highlights of a trip to Cragside, Northumberland.
Fairy tale fans will be in their element at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Can the children find Sleeping Beauty? Don’t miss the woodland playground in the gardens.
If you think the children would enjoy a day finding out about dragons, a bear hut and an extinct volcano, visit Killerton in Devon. It’s full of legends just waiting to be uncovered.
Claremont Landscape Garden in Surrey was once a place for young royals to play. Let your little princes and princesses continue the tradition when you visit.
Walk in Alice’s footsteps through the magical house and gardens of Antony House, Cornwall. This is where Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderful film was shot. Don’t miss discovering Antony’s history too.
The gardens of Mount Stewart in County Down are some of the most unusual in our care. Discover dinosaur statues, go animal spotting and meet the legendary white stag.
Bodnant Garden in Conway, Wales, is known throughout the world for its stunning collection of plants. Explore the grounds with your family on the plant-hunter discovery trail.
While you're out exploring our gardens you could also complete lots of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities too, from rolling down a really big hill to going on a walk barefoot or even creating some wild art.
Weird and wonderful things happen among ancient trees. Visit one of the many enchanted forests we look after, and enter this magical wooded world.
Dressing up is a fun way for children to get in touch with the past. We've picked our top places to try on costumes and play make-believe.
How do you keep the kids entertained on a rainy day? Head to one of the special places we look after for some great activities that won't be ruined by a downpour.