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Family-friendly things to do at Greenway

A family exploring the trails in Autumn at Gibside, Tyne & Wear
From puddle jumping to wildlife watching, there's lots of fun to be had at Greenway | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

At Greenway you'll find a host of activities to keep the family entertained. With outdoor trails and winding paths to explore in the garden, and seasonal events throughout the year, you'll make great memories together at Greenway.

Planning your family visit

If you’re visiting Greenway for  a family day out, here’s some handy information at a glance to help your plan your visit:

  • If coming by car, please book your parking in advance
  • Free garden trails available to pick up in visitor reception
  • Baby-changing facilities in access-friendly toilets
  • Buggy-friendly routes around the garden
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house
  • Children’s menu available from the Barn Café
  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop
  • Children's books in the second-hand bookshop.

Family friendly things to do in the house

Inside the house, there's a fun family friend trail inspired by Agatha Christie and her travels. Can you help them find all the items they need? Pick up the packing list trail, clipboard and pencil at the house entrance.

Adventures at the Boathouse and Battery

From the Boathouse quay you could count the boats on the river, which is always bustling with activity; trawlers, river cruises, a paddle steamer and kayakers can regularly be seen. At the Battery the cannon always captures little-one's imaginations – can you defend Greenway from attack by river pirates?

Knitted stocking hangs over the edge of a sofa with a lit Christmas tree twinkling in the background.
Festive feels in abundance at Greenway | © National Trust / Lauren Hutchinson

Experience festive family days out this Christmas


Weekends from 25 Nov -24 December, and daily 27-31 December

Celebrate a festive day out at Greenway with 'A Wreath Encounter'. Explore the winter garden and follow the trail of 'The twelve wreaths of Christmas'. Each wreath has been inspired by a different well loved Christmas movie. Can you guess which one? On your winter wander, why not pose for a family Christmas photo at one of the selfie stations?

Inside, the house is full of seasonal cheer with traditional decorations, sumptuous garlands, handcrafted wreaths and festive floral displays. Alongside the magical sparkle of fairy lights and trimmed trees will be fun wreath crafts in the house kitchen to take part in.

Coleton Fishacre

Weekends 25 Nov-17 Dec, daily 20-31 Dec (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Welcome to Winter Tide and Time at Coleton Fishacre. Gather the family for a host of magical memories as you explore Coleton Fishacre. From a sparkling tunnel to a magical model village, there's moments of wonder where ever you look as the house is transformed with a frosty coastal feel.

Outside, the garden by the sea is the perfect place to stretch little legs. Don't forget to stop by Cafe Coleton for the new winter menu.

The River Dart is in the foreground with a tree-lined riverbank behind and Greenway House seen through the trees high on the hill in the background.

Book your parking

You don't have to book your visit in advance, but if you are travelling by car you will need to book parking at Greenway. You can book for today up until 8am. Every Thursday time slots will be available for the next 14 days.

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Celebrate Christmas this year at Greenway. Step into the season with a festive outdoor trail in the garden, see Agatha Christie's holiday home dressed for the holidays and browse the shop and café for gifts and tempting treats.

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You don't need to book your visit in advance to Greenway, but if you're coming by car, you will need to book a parking space ahead of your visit. To help plan a visit to Greenway, find out in this article how to book your car parking space, travel by ferry and everything else you need to know to arrange your visit.

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Eating and shopping at Greenway 

The Barn Café and the Tack Room provide takeaway drinks, food and ice cream. Browse the souvenirs and gifts in the National Trust shop, or find a pre-loved read in the second-hand bookshop.

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