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Family-friendly things to do at Killerton

Visitors in the park in winter at Killerton, Devon
Enjoy a day out with the whole family at Killerton | © National Trust Images/Caroline Irby

Explore the garden, woods, and parkland at Killerton. With an estate that covers 6,400 acres, you'll find fun and adventures for children of all ages. Discover the Bear’s hut in the garden, let off some steam around the parkland or tick off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. For our intrepid explorers, pick up the Volcano Explorer Challenge or try orienteering, with courses for all abilities.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Children's play areas (for under 8s)
  • Highchairs available in all cafés
  • Walks suitable for big and little legs
  • Table tennis in the Old Apple Store
  • Bats, balls and plenty of space for a kick-about by the play shed in Front Park
  • Off-road cycle path to Broadclyst.

Frosty Footsteps trail

Get exploring Killerton this February half term. Can you decipher the poem and footprint at each stop along the trail to discover what the animal is? The Frosty Footsteps trail will run from the 10 to the 25 February, taking you around the gardens and parkland.

Easter Adventures at Killerton

Follow the route on your Easter trail sheet and take part in ten exciting activities around Killerton gardens, chapel grounds and parkland. There's plenty to learn, see and do. Oh, and don't forget to collect your chocolate egg at the end!

Bringing the dog? Be sure to pick up an eggs-tra dog friendly trail sheet that will take you around Front Park to complete a special egg hunt. Trails are £3, normal admission applies. Easter Adventures at Killerton will run from 23 March to 14 April 2024.

Visitors inside the Bear Hut, looking out of the window at Killerton, Devon
Find the Bear's hut in the garden at Killerton | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Fun for little legs

Keep your eyes open for the seasonal flowers, sweet chestnuts and pine cones on the buggy-friendly path around the garden. It's the perfect circular route for little legs to take at their own pace, or for longer legs that prefer a gentle stroll.

Take the path to the Bear's hut, for an extra adventure of discovery.

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Cycling at Killerton

Toddler balance bikes are welcome in the garden. For bigger wheels, the best place to cycle on the estate is on the cycle path from Killerton to Broadclyst. Take in the rural landscape as you pedal through farmland and Devonshire countryside. It's a leisurely six-mile round trip from Killerton to Broadclyst village.

Orienteering at Killerton

For our intrepid explorers, the Volcano Challenge activity has been designed in partnership with Devon Orienteering Club. It introduces children to orienteering and the four new permanent courses in place at Killerton. The orienteering activity takes place on Front Park Bank and is suitable for over-eights who are happy to traverse steep and uneven ground. 

Children's Volcano Challenge (eight-plus years) is available at Visitor Reception for 50p.

Use the map to find eight orienteering plaques that spell the name of a creature lurking in the undergrowth. Once this challenge is complete, go on to find names of a tree, bird and an animal that lives at Killerton. Our budding explorers are then ready to undertake Killerton’s yellow orienteering course.

The orienteering courses

The orienteering courses at Killerton have had a huge overhaul, with thanks to the Devon Orienteering Club.

Outdoor activities at Killerton

Play areas

There's a small playground with a slide for younger children, just by the stable block, and another with swings in a leafy area of the overflow car park.

A woman and two children play in autumn leaves at Killerton
Children playing in the parkland at Killerton | © National Trust Images/Caroline Irby

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' fun

Killerton is the perfect place for getting closer to nature and ticking off some of your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'. Here's a few of the activities you could complete during your visit:

  • No. 4 Build a den: Build a den out of sticks on a flat spot in the woods, cover it with leaves, and you've got a pirate hideout or a meeting place for spies
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: There's plenty of bugs to find around the parkland and woodlands. Head over to the old turkey oak tree to see the ultimate bug hotel
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: Killerton is home to many bird varieties. Listen out for the songbirds and the unmistakeable tap of the woodpecker. Can you spot the noisy rooks roosting in the chapel grounds?
Two visitors admiring a laid table in the Dining Room at Killerton, Devon

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