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A family standing on the lakeshore at Aira Green in Ullswater
Views out over Ullswater are worth the walk at any time of year | © National Trust Images / Stewart Smith

Family-friendly places in the Lake District

Plan your next family day out in the Lake District. From natural outdoor play areas to indoor themed house trails, wildlife spotting to dressing up, there's something for all ages to enjoy.

Easter holidays

Spend the Easter holidays with the National Trust here in the Lakes. It's a great opportunity to make the most of your membership, explore the new season and visit somewhere new.

Children looking out at the autumn view from Allan Bank in Grasmere

Easter holiday adventures 

Soak up the sights and smells of spring and step out on an Easter trail at Wray, Allan Bank, Acorn Bank or Wordsworth House & Garden. Take part in some fun outdoor activities and complete the trail to collect your prize. Each trail is different so make sure to try out more than one over the holidays. If you're looking for more Lake District adventures this Easter, explore some easy outdoor walks with mountain views at Tarn Hows, Derwent Water and Fell Foot. Try your hand at arts and crafts at Allan Bank, step into the pages of one of Beatrix Potter's little white books at Hill Top or dress up in Georgian costume at William Wordsworth's childhood home. Stop off for a walk down to the watermill at Acorn Bank, cosy up with a film at Lanty Slee's in Langdale, or borrow a free pair of wellies and head up to see the waterfall at Aira Force. Find more inspiration below.

The Lake District's family friendly places

Find houses, gardens and natural play areas to explore with the whole family.

Visitors enjoying art activities in the art room at Allan Bank, Grasmere, Cumbria

Allan Bank 

Come and play at Allan Bank this spring. Whether you are following the woodland trail, looking for red squirrels or having an indoor picnic, we’ve got plenty of family activities to help you create great memories together come rain or shine.

Family, seen from behind, taking part in a spring trail at Sizergh. They're walking up towards the Visitor Centre. Mum has a long red coat on, little boy has a cap, grey hoodie and yellow tracksuit bottoms, dad is wearing jeans, a rucksack and a cap, and little girl is wearing wellies and a navy blue coat.


Whether you’re after a wild play area to let little legs run off some steam, a peaceful garden for a pram-friendly walk, or a children’s trail through a house filled with treasures, there’s something for all ages at Sizergh.

A family walking through the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria, in autumn


Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Wray parkland and castle, from outdoor walks and lakeside views to a scenic boat cruise across Windermere * *seasonal.

Visitors and their dog relaxing by the shore of Lake Windermere in spring at Fell Foot, Cumbria

Fell Foot 

From buggy-friendly lakeshore walks to Gothic boathouses to explore and England’s largest lake to splash in, there’s something for all ages at Fell Foot, Windermere.

Family exploring the working watermill at Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Acorn Bank 

Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Acorn Bank in Cumbria, from geocaching around the parkland to newt spotting in the Sunken Garden. Try the new self-guided nature trail and use the rubbing plaques to discover the flora and fauna of Acorn Bank's walled garden and woodland.

Children cooking at Wordsworth House, Cumbria

Family-friendly things to do at Wordsworth House and Garden 

Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Wordsworth House and Garden this autumn, from scary crafts and spooky stories by the fire to Georgian-inspired fun and games in the house, there is something for everyone no matter the weather.

Family adventures further afield

Discover more family days out in the North of England with plenty of places to play, explore, and create memories.

A family walking through woodland at Cragside surrounded by lush greenery with trees and purple flowering bushes in the background

Family-friendly places in the North East 

Make new family memories in the North East this spring. From weekend and school holiday adventures, nature- inspired walks, house to explore and play areas to let off steam, there's something for everyone come rain or shine at the places we care for.

Two children running across lawn in front of brick and timber house

Family-friendly places in Liverpool and Lancashire 

Plan your family day out in Liverpool and Lancashire. From the beauty of the great outdoors and amazing histories to play areas, balance bikes and even a maze, there's something for the whole family to enjoy rain or shine.

A child with curly blonde hair wearing green sunglasses lying on a picnic blanket.

Family-friendly places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Plan your a family day out in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. We've got play areas, activities for kids, wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rains.

Visitors outside the front of East Riddlesden Hall in Yorkshire

Family-friendly places in Yorkshire 

Plan an adventure in Yorkshire this spring, with play areas, activities for kids, wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rains. Bring the whole family to make memories during your time together.

Two Herdwick sheep sitting in the grass with Wastwater and the surrounding mountains in the background on a spring day

Discover more in the Lake District

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.