Visiting Mottisfont with your family

A family group walk across the south lawn in front of the house at Mottisfont, Hampshire

There’s plenty of space to run, jump and play here, and always something for families to do - rain or shine.

May half term

Children lie on a bridge to gaze into a stream at Mottisfont, Hampshire

May half term at Mottisfont 

Saturday 28 May - Sunday 5 June: get ready to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with themed crafts and activities. We’re open from 10am-8pm (last entry 7pm) on Mondays - Saturdays from Monday 30 May – Saturday 2 July (closing at 5pm on Sundays) for rose season, which attracts thousands of visitors. Please pre-book your parking space to guarantee entry from 30 May if you’re planning to visit between 10am-3.30pm.

Space to play

Wooden bridges and a rushing river mean we're one of the country's top destinations for playing pooh sticks - challenge your family to a game when you visit. Ball games and frisbees are welcome on the paddock areas. Why not try some of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' challenges? From rolling down a hill to making friends with a bug, there's something for every young explorer to do at Mottisfont.

Hints and tips for a family visit

  • Free entry for under 5s.

  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets, located at the welcome centre, stables, lower corridor in the house, and kitchen garden. 

  • Pushchairs welcome around the grounds. There are gently-sloping areas and wide pathways around much of the grounds which are suitable for pushchairs and little legs; pathways are muddy and uneven in some places so sturdy tyres are recommended.

  • Drinks, snacks and light lunches available from café and additional outlets, 10am-4.45pm daily. Indoor and outdoor seating, and picnic benches around the grounds. 

  • Breastfeeding welcome anywhere around the property.

  • We're sorry, but our Water Play and Wild Play areas are currently closed as they require essential repairs. Our refurbished Wild Play area will be re-opening for the summer holidays.

  • Ball games are welcome, though please not on the formal lawns in front and behind the house, or in the walled gardens.

  • Bikes, scooters and trikes are not allowed anywhere on site, due to vehicles operating onsite at all times, unfenced waterways, gravelled paths and visitor feedback. We only allow toddler push-along bikes, operated at all times by a parent/guardian.

  • Areas of open water around the garden and grounds - close supervision strongly advised at all times and please no paddling in the natural watercourses. 

  • We don't allow windbreakers, gazebos, pop-up tents, parasols or barbecues within the grounds.