Play areas in the North West

Discover some of the best play grounds and natural play areas for kids in the North West. Across Cheshire, Liverpool, the Lake District and beyond, it's time for an adventure!

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside sites are open. In England our shops are open, along with outdoor seating at cafés. In Wales some shops are open, and cafés are offering a takeaway service. Houses and other indoor areas are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority. We strongly advise booking your visits in advance, especially over the Easter holidays when places may be very busy. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance on travel.

Visitors exploring the Play Trail at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke Hall 

Whether you want to get lost in a giant hedge maze, cross the stepping stones in the play area or take to the zip wire, there are great places to play all over Speke Hall. A firm family favourite in Merseyside.

 Visitors exploring the Play Area at Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester

Dunham Massey 

Let their imaginations run wild at Dunham Massey in the epic Log Pile. Build a den, walk the tight rope or play hide and seek in the parkland. And once you've finished, don't forget to treat yourself to something sweet at the ice cream parlour.

Child enjoying the play area at Lyme Park, Cheshire


The kids can let off steam in the magical Crow Wood playscape at Lyme, with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks for children aged five to 12. There's even a high-level walkway, sandpit and a tree house with a fireman’s pole.

Children exploring the gardens at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank 

Head to the natural play area at Quarry Bank to learn all about nature through play. Take a look under the logs - can you see any bugs? Look up into the trees - what birds can you see?

Children exploring the Adventure Playground at Tatton Park

Tatton Park  

Enjoy exploring and testing your limits in Tatton Park's Adventure Playground. With over 30 rides children of all ages are promised hours of fun.

A child playing on the rope swing at Wray Castle

Wray Castle

This gothic castle in the Lake District is a true family favourite. Venture outside to the play area and see how fast the tyre swing really goes! Or head into the castle to take a creative adventure inspired by the world of Beatrix Potter.