Fun for families at Standen House and Garden

If you're looking to enjoy a family day out, Standen provides the perfect location. Designed to be a family home, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere both indoors and outdoors.

Family friendly facilities

  • Baby changing facilities available
  • High-chairs available in café 
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • Picnics welcome in the picnic area near car park and around the estate
  • Please note buggies are not able to be taken into the house for conservation reasons due to narrow corridors and fragile furnishing. We are able to provide 'hippy chick' seats/baby carriers for young visitors in the house and a covered space to leave buggies and pushchairs whilst you visit the house.
  • Shelter spots and benches throughout the garden
  • Childrens' activities available all year-round
  • Pocket-money gifts in our shop
  • Area for running around and den building at top of garden

Fun and games indoors

The Little Room was a haven for children's games when the Beale family lived at Standen, with the boys often hanging the girls' dolls out of the window in jest.  There's even a small door which leads out onto a ledge above the conservatory roof, often a favourite haunt of the children.  Family records show that the Little Room was designed on a request from Helen Beale to the architect, Phillip Webb - he charged her sixpence.

Today the tradition of the Little Room is continued, as it is a place for fun and games and there are a range of toys and dressing up for families to enjoy on a visit to Standen. Access to the Little Room is via a set of stairs on the House terrace.

The Little Room provides a great place to escape from the rain
The little room at Standen
The Little Room provides a great place to escape from the rain

Outdoor play

We love playing in the garden but we also love our delicate plants, trees and shrubs so please leave balls, scooters and frisbees in your car. 

Let off some steam in the natural play area at the top of the garden where there's plenty of space to run around. You can also build your own den using sticks, make a mud pie or go bug hunting.

On Rock Top Walk you can also find Bothy nestled in the trees which is a great place to stop for a rest on your big adventure. Please note that access to the Plantation and Bothy does involve steps up to the area and may not be suitable for buggies.

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

Tick off more '50 things' activities in the garden and woodland. You can roll down a really big hill, build a den or track wild animals. Pick up a scrapbook and collect your stickers from visitor reception.

Woodland walks

Put on your wellies and get outdoors and closer to nature whatever the weather. Explore Hollybush and Rockinghill Woods, or perhaps take a short walk to Weir Wood Reservoir. Pick up a walk leaflet from visitor reception or download a trail below.

Discover woodlands at Standen, West Sussex

Walks at Standen

There are wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland, which can be enjoyed all year round. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Please note normal admission applies to enter the property and car park.