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.

A family walks through woodland in autumn.

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.

Girl standing on a log with Chirk Castle in background

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 playing in some leaves

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 through some rocks

Cragside, Northumberland 

Look out for red squirrels in the pines overhead, and wildlife in the pond. Then head to the labyrinth. Cut out of a rhododendron forest, it's perfect for a family game of hide-and-seek.

Family playing in some leaves

Hill Top, Cumbria 

Step into the garden of celebrated children's author, Beatrix Potter. Create your own adventures as you explore familiar spots from her much-loved books including the slate-flagged garden path made famous by the Tale of Tom Kitten, and the rhubarb patch where a certain Miss Puddleduck tried to hide her eggs.

A family playing outside in the woods in autumn

Killerton, Devon 

With space and freedom to explore and play, the gardens here have wide open spaces and winding paths through shady woodlands. Spot autumn colours on 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.

Mother and son in stood in the woods

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.

Family walking in the woods

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. Please be aware that you'll need to book a ticket before visiting.

Children playing in the woods

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. Please be aware that you'll need to book a ticket before visiting.

Mother walking and son cycling on bike

Speke Hall, Liverpool 

The black-and-white Tudor beams of Speke Hall will fire young imaginations in a day out exploring the gardens here. Seek out minibeasts in the woods, discover the secret garden, or bring your own games to play on the lawn as a family.  

Family playing in the woods

Tyntesfield, nr 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 1000 different species found here, don your wellies for a welly walk or get to know a tree amongst some of the oldest, widest or most interesting of their species.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​