Our top natural play areas

Splashing through streams, crashing along muddy trails and peering through the branches of a woodland den - there’s nothing quite like playing outdoors. We’ve picked some of our favourite natural playgrounds for children to explore at the places we look after. They are perfect for family wild time, and great for ticking off some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Some of our natural play trails, where social distancing is possible, have now reopened. Our formal playgrounds and play areas will remain closed. Please check property homepages before travelling.

Which places are open?

  • More than 135 gardens and parklands are open through advance booking
  • We’ve opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible
  • Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open and most don’t need to be booked
  • We’ve also opened 38 houses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.

A woman pushes a young girl on a zip line

Belton House, Lincolnshire 

Children of all ages are promised hours of fun at Belton outdoor playground. With over 30 pieces of equipment, including tree houses, towers, rope swings climbing nets and zip wires, let their imagination run wild.

Brownsea's natural play area

Brownsea Island, Dorset 

Our new natural play area is the perfect setting to let loose your inner squirrel as you learn to leap, balance and play just like our famous reds.

The Bishops Play Trail

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry 

Become a nature detective and discover our brand-new play trail at Bishop's Gate. Have a go at climbing the causeway stones, tackling the spider’s web and test your balance on the walking see-saw.

Child playing in Chute Wood Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Chute Wood is the best kept secret of Dunstable Downs, with a hidden natural play area and winding pathways just waiting to be explored. Gather sticks together to build a den, or search for bugs hiding on the forest floor or among the leaves. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Our wooden playground is perfect for practicing your balancing, climbing and scrambling skills, before settling down for a picnic in the cool shade of the trees.

A little girl whizzing along the zipwire

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Made from sustainable timber and hand-spliced ropes, this woodland playscape almost seems to blend into the trees around it. Little ones can hop, skip and jump from one end to the other, playing with chimes, a speak tube, skittles and a ball roll along the way. There’s things to wobble along and climb over, from scramble nets to a rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Children exploring the garden at Sizergh

Sizergh, Cumbria 

Starting from the car park, you’ll need to follow the clues to find this wild play area. It will take you on a mile-and-a-half trail through the woods. You’ll be glad you made the effort when you're abseiling, balancing on logs and swinging from the trees.

Woodland play area at Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield, Somerset 

Look out for the enchanted tree house in the woods at Tyntesfield, near Bristol. You'll also find a rope swing to play on and plenty of places to play hide and seek. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant guano bird and other sculptures. You will also find brass rubbings on the trail, so take some paper and pencils in your survival kit.