Best activities for teenagers
Discover a world of endless adventures with our pick of the best things for teenagers to do. Round up your friends and family and get exploring.
- Try out some watersports
- Ever ridden a crashing wave or canoed under chalky cliffs? Feel alive as you surf the white water at Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland on a body board, or try coasteering at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire. For something different, you could have a go at kite-surfing at Brancaster Beach in Norfolk.Discover the best beaches for watersports
- Go behind the scenes of your favourite film
- Discover the places that provide the backdrop for your favourite films and TV shows. Get closer to the magical world of Malificent (2014) and Into the Woods (2015) at Ashridge in Hertfordshire. Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire has been used for two Harry Potter films, and you can reimagine famous scenes as you walk through the historic architecture. For sci-fi fans, Tredegar House in Newport featured in 11 episodes of Dr Who between 2005 and 2009.Visit top film locations
- Sleep under the stars on a camping trip
- Adventures don’t stop when the sun goes down. Spend a week in the wild on a camping trip, and listen for barn owls while you toast marshmallows on the fire. At some places you can wake up beside the water before heading out on a day filled with excitement.Discover the best places to camp
- Take on a challenging cycle trail
- There are many places where you can get out on your bike. The mountain biking trail at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire takes you through woodlands on steep routes to get your heart racing. For a challenging ride, take on the Long Mynd Classic in Shropshire. Pedal hard up steep climbs before being rewarded with high-speed descents and impressive views of the Carding Mill Valley.Try a longer cycling route
- Get into running
- Pull on your trainers and take in the great outdoors on a running route with a view. Explore woodlands, parklands, coastline and lakes when you run in nature. It beats the treadmill any day and means you can explore more places while you exercise.Discover the top running routes with a view
Saddle up and explore some of our favourite places to take the children for a bike ride. Find miles of peaceful, traffic-free trails through woods and parkland.
Join our filming and location managers as they share some weird and wonderful stories from behind the scenes and reveal some of our most popular locations.
For experienced surfers and those in need of a few lessons, we've picked out the best beaches where you can get out on the waves.
The open night skies in the countryside mean you’ll see thousands of sparkling stars and planets. Take a look at our top spots for stargazing.
Go geocaching – it's like a digital treasure hunt using a handheld GPS and a sense of fun. You can try it for free at many places we look after.
If you're a fan of watersports, find out the best coastal locations looked after by the National Trust, for activities ranging from coasteering to kite-surfing.
Choose one of our favourite coastal running spots and see where it takes you – miles of coastal trails, wooded valleys and havens for nature await.
From open seas to meandering rivers and lakes, there are plenty of spots where you can kayak or canoe. Find our top picks for water sports here.