Play areas in the North East

There are plenty of play areas to choose from in the North East. Climb aboard a 'train' at Wallington, enjoy woodland play at Gibside and get lost in the Labyrinth at Cragside. Enjoy playing out all summer at a National Trust place near you.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We're starting to open some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland at reduced capacity, through advance bookings every week. Most places up to 8 June have sold out. New tickets are released every Friday and we'll continue to add new places over the coming weeks. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are now open. All houses remain closed for now and all places in Wales remain closed following Welsh Government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.​

A girl swinging high on a swing

Be king of the castle at Gibside  

Discover an adventure castle inspired by Gibside's lost Strawberry Castle folly. Swoosh down the slide, fly high on the swings, zoom down the zip wire and scramble in the water and sand. For the really adventurous, there's also a low ropes challenge to test your balance and bravery as you make your way from one tree to another.

A family playing on a large train climbing frame

Let off steam at Wallington 

Climb aboard the giant play train, inspired by the 'Great Wallington Railway' created by the Trevelyan family who used to live at Wallington. With its climbing wall, driver's cab, fireman's pole and slide, it's the ideal way for young explorers to let off steam. Don't miss the wooden play fort and adventure play area in the West Wood too.

Child looking back up a spiral slide

Play out at Cragside  

Swing across the monkey bars and whizz down the spiral slide in Cragside's adventure play area. Look out for Nelly's Labyrinth, a maze of winding paths and tunnels cut out of a rhododendron forest - it's perfect for a game of hide and seek.

Children building woodland dens

Go wild at Washington Old Hall  

Command your own kingdom on the play castle at Washington Old Hall, perfect for little legs. Go wild in the the nuttery and get closer to some feathery friends at the bird hide, discover the watery residents of the pond and listen out for bees buzzing around the beehive.