Summer adventures at The Vyne

For 2017 only, visitors can enjoy exclusive access to The Vyne’s rooftop walkway and watch our roof project taking place. This article tells you more about our rooftop walkway, the house, the gardens. We've also included a 'Useful to know' section and 'Key information for families' to ensure you get the best out of your visit. Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for daily self-led trails and activities. In case that wasn't enough, after that you'll find our 'Family events' section packed with date-specific fun for your diary.

Rooftop walkway

The Vyne rooftop walkway during a £5.4 million restoration project

Last chance to explore the rooftop walkway

As The Vyne approaches the end of a £5.4m roof project, you can seize this last chance to explore the lift-accessible rooftop walkway. All ages can look down on the roof of this former Tudor palace and take in views of the estate. Open daily until 28 February 11am-3pm with last entry at 2.30pm.


House ground floor
At the site where Tudor monarchs once roamed, visitors young and old can get under the skin of this project and uncover the hidden history of this former Tudor palace.

Uncover the visit of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535 and look up at the chapel gallery where Henry once knelt in prayer. You can also learn about The Vyne’s Victorian owner William Wiggett Chute who was that last person to carry out a major roof project here from 1842.

You can read more about the house here:

Images of courtiers on a medieval tapestry

Untold stories revealed at The Vyne

This year, our ambitious roof conservation project has given us an exciting opportunity to shine a spotlight on untold stories from The Vyne’s past. Using music, animation and audio we’re bringing intriguing moments from the mansion’s history to life.

Pack the sun cream, hats and sunglasses and come and explore the beautiful gardens and woodland here at The Vyne.

If you get peckish, the Brewhouse tea-room, the catering van and kiosk stock light refreshments including delicious ice cream.

The north lawn is great for picnics. Either grab a deck chair or shake out your picnic blanket for an afternoon’s ‘sprawl’ by the lake.

A child smells a flower in The Vyne gardens
A child smells a flower in The Vyne gardens

Useful to know:

Ball games, Frisbees, scooters, bikes and drones
Unfortunately ball games, Frisbees, bikes, scooters and drones are not allowed on the estate. This is to prevent further damage to the house and grounds. 

Don’t worry, there’s still fun instore with our 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾. Some activities are listed in the article below. If you really want to let off steam, venture out into Morgaston Woods where wild play can fire young imaginations.

A picture of a young girl peers through binoculars on an outdoor adventure

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at The Vyne

From geocaching to orienteering, tree climbing to the all-important game of pooh sticks, The Vyne is the perfect place to try some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Although the house, rooftop walkway, shop, tea-room and children’s play area are just for humans and guide dogs there are plenty of walks for you and your canine companion to do together. 

So that everyone can enjoy their visit to The Vyne, we ask that you please keep your dog on the lead at all times and use the bins provided.

Dogs on a lead are welcome.
A picture of a brown and white dog.

Key information for families

Toilets and baby changing
If you find yourself making a hasty dash, child in tow to the loo, you’ll find baby changing facilities and toilets in a block on the left, just after visitor reception, and also by our Brewhouse tea-room.

Access for pushchairs
You can get round the gardens on wide, hard gravel pathways. Do bear in mind that walkways through the woodland, wetland and parkland can be muddy. In some parts of the woodland, tree roots come across the path.

A family explore the great outdoors
A family explore the great outdoors

The rooftop walkway is buggy and wheelchair-friendly and lift-accessible. Due to fire safety regulations, the number of buggies and wheelchairs on the walkway is limited to three at any one time. 

As the Brewhouse tearoom is rather snug, you’ll need to leave buggies and pushchairs outside. 

In the house, we can provide slings whilst pushchairs are left in covered alcoves in the tunnel leading to the entrance. Items are left at your own risk.

A boy enjoys ice cream
A boy enjoys ice cream

Food for children
Our Brewhouse tea-room has childrens’ lunch boxes containing sandwiches, wraps, small vegetable bags, fruit, mini cheeses and cartons of drink. 

If you need to warm up milk, a microwave is available in the ground floor seating area of the Brewhouse.

Picnic areas
On dry sunny days, the best place to picnic is on our north lawn by the lake. We’ve also got benches between the north lawn and the bird hide, and dotted around the site.

Play areas
Very young visitors can enjoy a shady play space just off the Lime Avenue. For fresh air and simple pleasures, our inflatable toys and plastic cars could entertain your little tot all afternoon.

A family enjoy a picnic on the north lawn at The Vyne
A family enjoy a picnic on the north lawn at The Vyne


Daily self-led trails and activities