Playful days at Montacute House

Visitors playing on the tree swing at Montacute House

Montacute House is an Elizabethan masterpiece of architecture and design. Its warm Hamstone construction casts playful shadows across the elegant garden, making it the perfect backdrop for a day out. The wibbly-wobbly hedges are great for a game of hide and seek, or why not seek out the swings in the parkland followed by a well-deserved picnic?

Exploring this spring

The sights, sounds and scents of spring are starting to emerge, so keep an eye out for butterflies, bees and dragon flies. The bright colours of the tulips can be spotted in the borders 

As well as new born lanbs, spring flowers will be out in the parkland and on the wider estate as well such as buttercups, bluebells and a little later on, wild garlic. There are three waymarked walks on the estate – one through the parkland, one that takes you through the beech woods that surround the village and one that takes you up St Michael’s Hill. The orchards will be blossoming as well.

For any adventurers working through the National Trust’s '50 things' list, you’ll be able to tick off quite a few. 

Picnicking at Montacute House

There are lots of great picnic spots at Montacute House. The Garden Orchard on the South Drive is one of the less formal areas of the garden, making it ideal for eating picnics and for more games of hide and seek. Around the Stables are several wooden picnic benches, including some that can accommodate wheelchairs.

You’re also welcome to pull up a rug on the lawns or park yourself on a bench whilst you munch your sandwiches.

Visitors in the formal garden at Montacute House
Visitors in the formal garden at Montacute House
Visitors in the formal garden at Montacute House


A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.