Our top gardens for children

Gardens are great places for children to explore and let their imaginations run wild. Our younger visitors can play hide-and-seek, climb trees and go wildlife spotting. Here’s our pick of the best gardens to enjoy some family fun.

Family sat on the grass

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

Blickling’s gardens are an ideal natural playground, with 55 acres of perfect hide-and-seek spots as well as places to play rounders. Follow the winding paths and the secret tunnels or see if you can find the secret garden.

Visitors walking in front of a castle

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

There's a colourful garden to explore at Chirk Castle, with lots of nature and wildlife to see whatever the time of year. Spot lots of different birds, hunt for insects or fungi or let off steam on the natural play area. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family.

Children walking on a log in the woods

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire 

Explore the wild woodland play trail or take a boat out on this pretty stretch of the river, which is thought to have inspired The Wind in the Willows. There’s plenty of space at Cliveden for the little ones to stretch their legs in beautiful surroundings.

Visitors walking along a path in spring

Dyffryn Gardens, Wales 

Stretch your legs as you wander through the many gardens at Dyffryn. A peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff, it has year-round seasonal highlights making it perfect no matter when you decide to visit. Explore secretive garden rooms, run wild on the enormous Great Lawn and visit the Log Stack – the natural play area.

A family walking by daffodils in the garden

Killerton, Devon 

With space and freedom to explore and play, the gardens here have wide open spaces and winding paths through woodlands. Explore the buggy-friendly path around the garden which is perfect for little legs, or take an adventurous climb up to the top of the Clump and find a den building area where you can test your skills.

Visitors admiring flowers in a garden

Kingston Lacy, Dorset 

Kingston Lacy is a favourite for a family day out and it's easy to see why. With a fascinating history and acres of colourful gardens and parkland to explore, an adventure awaits whatever your age and whatever the season.

Children running around a topiary yew tree

Mount Stewart, County Down 

Voted one of the world's top ten gardens, there are lots of different areas to explore with your family. Don't miss the mythical animals on the Dodo Terrace – see if you can count them all.

Visitors looking at some pink flowers in spring

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

Rowallane Garden is the perfect place to go on a wildlife safari. Ladybirds, butterflies, bees, hedgehogs and much more live here, so search up high in the trees and down below under rocks and you’re sure to find some friendly creatures.

Family walking up some stairs in the hedge maze

Speke Hall, Liverpool 

The black-and-white Tudor beams of Speke Hall will fire young imaginations on a day out exploring the gardens here. Find your way out of the hedge maze, discover the secret garden, or follow the Giant Childe of Hale play trail to find out about the local legend of John Middleton who was supposedly 9ft 3in tall.  

Family looking at the daffodils

Tyntesfield, near Bristol 

With space to stretch out and explore, Tyntesfield is a top spot for having a go at some of the '50 things' activities. Find some funky fungi from amongst the 1,000 different species found here, don your wellies for a welly walk or get to know a tree amongst some of the oldest, widest and most interesting of their species.