Family-friendly things to do at Lanhydrock
Find out about the different things you can do with your family at Lanhydrock, from visiting the refurbished Victorian nursery to exploring the estate by bicycle.
Winter closing at Lanhydrock
Please note that the house and garden at Lanhydrock are now closed for the winter and will reopen on 1 March 2024.
Planning your family visit to Lanhydrock
- Free entry for under 5s
- Baby changing facilities in the Hub and Stable's Courtyard toilets
- Buggy-friendly route around the garden
- Play area at the Hub (next to Park Cafe)
- Children's options available at the Park Cafe and Stables tea-room
- Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop and Plant Centre
- Hands-on activities and play along the Family route
Things for families to do on the estate
With the Lanhydrock estate covering 900 acres, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Explore the parkland, ancient woodland and riverside walks at your leisure.
Go for a bike ride
Enjoy one of the exciting cycle trails, which are designed for a range of abilities, or burn off some steam around the parkland.
Don’t have a bike? No problem – you can hire one from our cycle hire team. You’ll find them at the Hub.
Let off some steam in the play area
Next to The Park café, you'll find the children's play area, which is equipped with everything needed to keep kids enthralled.
Play a ball game
If you want to play games then make your way further onto the parkland, where there's plenty of open space to throw a ball, make goal posts with jumpers, or simply spread out your picnic rug.
Take a stroll
Wander the parkland via one of the many suggested walking routes – ask one of the team for a leaflet.
Can you find the old Victorian swimming pool that was used by the Agar-Robartes children? It's a great place to spot wildlife.
Play area refurbishment
Please note that the play area will be closed for refurbishment from 1 January 2024 and is expected to re-open in March 2024.
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
- No. 18 Create some wild art: Forage in the woods for some quirky craft materials. What will you create?
- No. 31 Make friends with a bug: The garden is the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies – come and explore under rocks and in trees. There are plenty of butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and spiders for you to spot all over the estate
- No. 44 Watch a bird: The estate is alive with birds all year round.
Baby-changing facilities are available at both The Park Café and The Stables courtyard.
Things for families to do inside the house
Play in the nursery
Lanhydrock’s newly refurbished Victorian nursery invites visitors to interact with a range of items and learn stories about the Agar-Robartes children. From board games and a theatre with props, to Punch the rocking horse, there's lots to get involved with.
Explore the kitchen
How many days did it take a Victorian bread oven to heat up? And how did they keep their clotted cream cold? Find out all about working in a high-tech, 19th-century country house kitchen.
Meet the Victorian staff
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the open season come and meet the Victorian staff including the butler, housemaids, gardeners and Mrs Candy the cook, all brought to life by Lanhydrock's team of Experience Makers.
Cows picnic, too
Be aware that cattle and sheep graze in the parkland at various times throughout the year.
The garden at Lanhydrock is a must for people who love plants, stunning views and a place to relax. Read more about what to expect when you visit.
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Find out where to stop for food and drink on the Lanhydrock estate, along with the best places to shop for souvenirs and gifts.
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