Once upon a time places

All of the places we look after have their own fascinating stories to tell. A few of these places are really special because they share their stories with some rather famous book and film characters. Children can walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter, enter Batman’s secret lair and find out what a real Hobbit hole looks like inside. What’s your family’s favourite story? Look at the places below and start planning your day out.

Family visitors in the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Walk in Harry Potter's footsteps 

If you or your children are Harry Potter fans, you can have a great family day out exploring familiar places. Start with Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, which became Hogwarts for the films.

Girl running under a line of trees at Batemans

Glimpse behind the Just So Stories

Bateman's, East Sussex was home to Rudyard Kipling. Visit with your family to glimpse behind the Just So Stories and see illustrations from The Jungle Book.

Visitor at Henrhyd Falls, Powys

Discover Batman's secret lair 

The Henrhyd Falls in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, starred as Batman's hideout in The Dark Knight Rises. Will you and the kids brave the 27m waterfall to access the superhero's den?

Belton’s sundial was made famous in Helen Creswell’s book ‘Moondial’

The tale of time on Belton’s Sundial

Visit the Moondial exhibition at Belton this summer and see the Sundial being repaired in the garden.

Visitors at Hill Top admire Beatrix Potter's dolls' house

Visit Beatrix Potter's house 

Go on a family day out to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house in Cumbria, and discover the treasures on display. Don't miss the doll's house that inspired The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

The eighteenth-century dovecote in the garden at Antony, Cornwall

Wander around Wonderland

Antony House in Cornwall was transformed into Alice's Wonderland for Tim Burton's 2010 film. Walk through the magical house and gardens with your family for your own Wonderland adventure.

View though the autumnal trees in woodland on the Ashridge Estate

Get lost in the Enchanted Forest

The Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire became the Enchanted Forest in the 2014 film, Maleficent. Take the kids to explore the mysterious woods and tread the path of the film's star, Angelina Jolie.