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Family-friendly things to do at Killerton

A family walk along a grassy path surrounded by daffodils
Enjoy a day out with the whole family at Killerton | © National Trust Images/John Millar

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
  • Preschooler toys in the garden on dry days during term time
  • Bats, balls and plenty of space for a kick-about by the play shed in Front Park
  • Off-road cycle path to Broadclyst.

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.

Rear view of children running across grass, lit by a ray of sunlight, with small trees, clumps of narcissi and a tree in blossom, at Killerton, Devon
Children playing in the parkland at Killerton | © National Trust Images/John Millar

'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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