Visiting Scotney Castle with a family

Scotney has plenty to offer families throughout the year, from bracing walks in the winter to picnics in the summer. Trails bring the house and garden to life for children and there's plenty to explore in our natural play area and wilderness camp.

Good to know

  • Baby changing facilities can be found in the courtyard toilet block near visitor reception.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our tea-room.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches on the lawn opposite the mansion house.
  • Pick up a 50 things booklet at visitor reception to help your adventurers explore the estate.
  • There are plenty of buggy friendly paths around the garden, just ask at visitor reception.

Perfect presents

Don't forget to visit our shop with a large selection of children's books, cards and gifts. We have everything from sticker books to children's audio books as well as confectionery and toys.  You can be sure to find a gift for someone or a memory for your children to take home from their day out at Scotney.


Families playing in the badger and pepper play area

Badger and Pepper play area

Badger and Pepper were the beloved dogs of Arthur Hussey and we have now introduced their playground into the garden, to keep our younger visitors entertained. Swing from the trees on our new tree swings, play our natural drum kit or hide out in the play house. For those not afraid to get their hands dirty there is also the opportunity to make a mud pie, or two, in our mud kitchen.

A family enjoying 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

From the trees on your street to the flowers on your way to school, nature's all around you. Each challenge helps you become an awesome explorer and it also helps you understand a bit more about the nature around you and how to care for it too. Ask a member of the team for more details and start exploring today!

A forest den

Wilderness Camp

Explore inside a tree, build a den or create some wild art - just a few things you can do at our wilderness camp. Set your imaginations free and start ticking off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

A family play in the daffodils

Trails, walks and other fun activities

Throughout the year we have a variety of activities taking place at Scotney. From our annual Easter egg trail to raft building and pond dipping, there's always something to join in with. Keep an eye on our What's On page for up to date events.