Playful summer days at Montacute House

The Elizabethan mansion and partial view of one of the pavilions at Montacute House, Somerset

If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family over the holidays, why not head over to Montacute House and Garden where there is a variety of activities to keep the whole family happy?

Family fun at Montacute

Montacute is an Elizabethan masterpiece of architecture and design. Its warm hamstone construction casts playful shadows across its elegant garden making it the perfect backdrop for a summer’s day out. The wibbly-wobbly hedges are perfect for a game of hide and seek, or why not pack a picnic to enjoy in the garden or wider estate where you can also enjoy the swings in the park?

Visitors in the formal garden at Montacute House

Montacute's picnic spots

The best picnic spots at Montacute House can be found by hunting for them, but we've saved you the hard work by listing them here. Please book ahead before visiting Montacute.

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.

What will you find on your adventure?

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.

Woman removing child's wellies from the back of a car

Please book ahead before visiting 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The garden, parkland, car park and toilets at Montacute are open. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm on the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. The house, shop, café and book barn remain closed until further notice.