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Family-friendly things to do at Saltram

An adult and child look up admiring the decorations on the Christmas tree at Saltram, Devon
Enjoying the fallen leaves at Saltram this Autumn | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Discover all the things to do with the family on a day out at Saltram. Explore the garden, house or head out on a family adventure around the estate on a walk or cycle ride. Find out what events are coming up that have children in mind.

Planning your family visit to Saltram

  • Free entry for under 5s

  • Baby-changing facilities in most toilets

  • Buggy-friendly routes and paths around the garden and estate walks.

  • Play area next to the car park and cafe

  • Children’s menu available at the cafe

  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop

Christmas at Saltram

Pick up a family trail from the welcome centre and head off on a hot air balloon adventure around the gardens! Can you find all of the missing items that our woodland friends need for their balloon ride?

Got your house bookings all sorted? Then you can collect your house trail from our welcome volunteers at the front door of the house. The beloved mice are back again, for another Christmas at Saltram. This year, meeting new woodland friends around the house, showing them all the fun that a Georgian pleasure garden has to offer.

All visits to the house will need to be booked in advance to guarantee entry to one of the most prestigious events of the season. Please note that tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded so please take care when placing your booking.

Bookings can be made here: Buy Saltram Christmas in Bloom - House Entry Tickets online - National Trust (

Pushchair parking at Christmas

This year we have a pushchair parking tent available just opposite the house. We ask that where possible pushchairs are left in the buggy parking area during your house visit.

Top things to do in the house

Can buggies go into the house?

You can measure the width of your buggy at Visitor Welcome to see if you can bring your buggy into the ground floor of the house. There are some steps leading out through the kitchen, so the volunteers will direct you back along the route to the front door.

Alternatively, you can leave your buggy at the front of the house undercover.

What can we see?

Discover the history of the Parker family and the amazing collection of items and paintings adorning Saltram's show rooms.

Things to do in the Garden and Estate

Family friendly estate walks and cycling

Saltram's estate boundary walk is a great way to stretch your legs and walk along our buggy friendly paths towards the woods with views of the estuary.

Why not explore the quieter 'Dell walk' if you would like to venture into the estate a bit further on your adventures.

Its also a great place to bring the bikes and explore! The paths are generally level with some hilly areas for those up for a challenge. There are also dedicated cycle paths and a pump track dedicated to those littler bikers.

A garden for all seasons

The garden is a great place for the family to create lasting memories. Free seasonal garden trails throughout the year get children to connect with nature and the history of Saltram.

The paths are buggy and wheelchair friendly and the borders are bursting with interest and colour all year round.

The garden is the best place to have a picnic and the lawns make a great snack spot but also the perfect place to fly a kite, play and let off some steam.

Eating and Drinking at Saltram

The Stables cafe is the perfect place to sit and have some lunch as a family. There is indoor and outdoor seating available, as well as lots of highchairs to use and a baby change within the cafe. The Stables is a perfect family friendly place to visit.

For those who want to continue to explore, there is the option of take away drinks from the trailer cafe in the car park.

In the Spring and Summer, Saltram is perfect for family picnics to. Our favourite spots around the garden include the serpentine lawn or castle folly area.

Family walking their dog on the beach near Saltram, Devon
Family walking their dog on the beach near Saltram, Devon | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris