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Family-friendly things to do at Hare Hill

Two women and a child walk in the walled garden at Hare Hill in Cheshire
Visitors in the walled garden at Hare Hill | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Come out and play at Hare Hill where there are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained and help you create great memories together. Bird watching, den building or enjoying a picnic in the Walled Garden, pick your favourite and make it happen at Hare Hill.

Planning your family visit

Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Hare Hill:

  • Toilets with a baby-changing facility are are located in the garden
  • There are steps in the garden but a step free route is available with level paths throughout that is suitable for buggies.

Nature Packs

Our Nature Packs will be back this year for families to borrow, to help you explore the gardens and parklands and get closer to nature. Grab one of the free packs from our friendly team at our Welcome Building but please remember to bring them back so that other families can use them and have fun discovering nature together at Hare Hill.

A child playing on log pile outdoors at Hare Hill in Cheshire
Child playing on log pile at Hare Hill | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Run wild in the natural play area

The outdoor play area is an ideal spot for children of all ages to explore and enjoy. Build, climb, balance; the only limit is your imagination.

Spot wildlife in the wooded garden

Explore the wooded garden and look out for birds in the bird hide nestled in a hidden corner. Cross the bridges and spot wildlife on the ponds.

Explore the historic parkland

If you’re the adventurous type, follow the permissive path and explore the tenant farmland. Breathe in the fresh air and admire the beautiful Cheshire countryside surrounding this special place.

What do you need to know when visiting the garden?

  • Please don't bring footballs, scooters or bikes into the garden
  • Assistance Dogs only in the gardens. Dogs on leads are welcome along the permissive path to Alderley Edge.
  • Cows and sheep graze the farmland close to the permissive path. Dogs must be on short leads at all times through this area.

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

There are lots of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities to tick off during your visit. Here are some recommendations:

  • No. 1 get to know a tree: Every tree has something special about it. The wooded garden has trees aplenty with stories to tell
  • No. 35 Discover what's in a pond: Ponds may look like not a lot is going on when you're peering at the top of the water, but you'll be amazed what lives below the surface
  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks: Sticks are the best. There are so many ways you can have fun with sticks that we can’t begin to list them all here. Before choosing your stick, you need to decide what you want to use it for. Do you want to create a trail of arrows for friends to follow? Or will you use your stick to make a home for wildlife? Perhaps you’d like to decorate it and use it as a wand?
Two women are standing on a wooden bridge surrounded by tall trees in the garden at Hare Hill, Cheshire. One woman is holding a baby, while the other is pushing a pushchair.

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