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Family-friendly things to do at Sizergh

Two girls leaning over the wall which looks over the Mirror Pond at Sizergh. They are wearing brightly coloured clothing. The pond is covered in lily pads, and it's a sunny day.
A family day out at Sizergh | © National Trust Images/James Beck

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

Planning your family visit

Here’s some useful information to help plan your visit to Sizergh:

  • Please note, the House will close from 17 - 26 June, and the entire site will close on Saturday 22 June, for a Strickland family wedding. Whilst preparations take place, the South Lawn will be closed to accommodate this.

  • During this time, to minimise disruption, the shop is set to have a makeover. So, from 17 - 28 June, the shop will be closed. There will be a reduced offer of our most-loved products, and the plants and garden section on the veranda will remain open.

  • The wild play trail is closed due to extensive damage following months of heavy rainfall. The play trail is really popular, and unfortunately the heavy rain mixed with high footfall now means the woodland needs time to recover.
  • You'll find toilets and baby-changing facilities in Ashbank Visitor Centre in the main car park, and in the Old Forge next to the House
  • The café offers a range of tasty kids’ lunchboxes containing sandwiches, fruit, a treat and juice or water. Hot lunches are also available and tray bakes, cakes and scones are baked fresh each day
  • If you’d rather bring your own picnic, tables and benches can be found outside Ashbank Visitor Centre, in a quiet spot off the orchard, and down by Gardeners’ Cottage. There are also plenty of benches around the gardens and hidden follies
  • Pocket money priced gifts and souvenirs are available from the shop.
Mother, father and child between them walking in the garden at Sizergh, talking animatedly. They're surrounded by green trees and plants.
Enjoy a springtime stroll in the garden | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Walks and wildlife spotting

There are three popular walking routes in the estate which are marked in a map available from the Visitor Centre. The Holeslack Accessible Trail is ideal for little legs and pushchairs, and will take you through ancient woodland, some historic farm buildings and a traditional Westmorland orchard.

Oxeye daisies and drystone wall at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Wildflowers on the estate | © National Trust Images/Peter Katic

‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

Enjoy the great outdoors whilst getting closer to nature with our ‘50 things’ list of self-led activities for young adventurers. There’s something to see and do at Sizergh all year round, but here are a few top suggestions to get you started.

Things to do on a rainy day

There's loads of fun to be had even if the weather is bad - try our favourite things to do when it's rainy at Sizergh.

  • Pull on your waterproofs and explore the wetland - take refuge in the bird hide and see what you can spot in the wetland
  • Take a stroll through ancient woodland on the Holeslack trail, and spot weird and wonderful fungi
  • Shelter in the cafe and enjoy cake and a cup of tea, and then have a browse in the shop
  • Discover the scallop trail in the House, and trace 800 years of family history
A family stand looking across a lake with Sizergh Castle in the background

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