Visiting Crom with Family
Find out everything you need to know about visiting Crom with kids. From playing in the play area to borrowing balance bikes and essential information on where you'll find baby-changing facilities, tearoom, picnic facilities and more.
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Planning your family visit
- Children must be supervised at all times as there are water features and uneven surfaces on site.
- Balance bikes can be borrowed free of charge from the Visitor Centre.
- Bike hire is available for all ages, just ask in the Visitor Centre when you arrive on site.
- Boat hire is available, it is recommended you book in advance by ringing the Visitor Centre on 028 6773 8118 to avoid disappointment.
- Tracker packs can be borrowed with a small refundable deposit from the Visitor Centre and include kits to go bug hunting, butterfly catching and pond dipping.
- Baby changing facilities located in parent changing room in the Visitor Centre, in the family changing room in the campers block (beside the car park) and in the disability access toilet in the Riding School.
- The tearoom is located in the Visitor Centre building, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Please note the tearoom is cash only.
- Picnic tables are located in the main visitor areas including the long barn in the car park, the play park, the jetty area or alternatively bring a rug for a picnic at the Old Castle Ruins.
- Stay in one of our self catering holiday cottages or get closer to nature by staying in the campsite or glamping pods.
The play area is located beside Bell Hill campsite opposite the Holiday Cottages. We have swings, balance beams and monkey bars and encourage children to use their imagination and enjoy adventures in nature.
Climb our ancient yew trees at the Old Castle Ruins, please make sure to wash your hands before eating as yews are poisonous when ingested.
Crom Estate is perfect for a day out getting closer to nature and escaping the business of everyday life.
For a gentle cycle, take your bike along the trail to the old castle ruins, boat house and white bridge befor passing the current Crom Castle on your way back to the car park. For those looking for more of a challenge, head out across the White Bridge onto Inisherk Island and follow the forest trail, passing the traditional orchard and the former walled garden.
We have a number of bikes available to hire from the visitor centre for half or full day hire. Bikes must be returned before 3.30pm. Bike helmets are provided.
Please note our bikes are available for adults and those under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. We have limited children's bikes available so bring your children’s bikes with you so you can all enjoy the estate.
Balance bikes are the perfect way to help your future cyclists learn how to ride in the safety of the great outdoors. Cycling is an important life skill and a healthy way to explore. We want to help the next generation’s cyclists learn to ride, starting their lifelong love of cycling in beautiful natural surroundings. That's why we are delighted to offer free-to-hire balance bikes to our visitors.
The balance bikes and helmets are available to hire from the Visitor Centre on a first come first serve basis. You don’t need to book anything, and the balance bikes are free to use - just turn up and get going.
If you feel up to the challenge of the oars this is perfect for you. The rowing boats are great for short trips and our new canoes are a fantastic way to explore the waters of Lough Erne. Both the canoes and rowing boat are recommended for a calm day.
We recommend phoning to book in advance to avoid disappoint. Please call 028 6773 8118.
Stay at Crom
Book a family getaway by camping in one of our 2 campsites, glamping in one of our 5 glamping pods or staying in one of our 7 holiday cottages at Crom.
50 things to do before you’re 11¾
Are you ready for your next wild adventure? Crom is the perfect place to explore outdoors and tick some fun activities off the National Trust’s '50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list.
Here are just some of the activities you can conquer with family and friends at Crom Estate. How many can you do on your next visit?
- No. 1 - Get to know a tree
- No. 3 - Camp outdoors
- No. 4 - Build a den
- No. 5 - Skim a stone
- No. 6 - Go welly wandering
- No. 8 - Spot a fish
- No. 9 - Eat a picnic in the wild
- No. 10 - Play conkers
- No. 11 - Explore on wheels
- No. 18 - Create some wild art
- No. 19 - Play pooh sticks
- No. 20 - Go paddling
- No. 22 - Find some funky fungi
- No. 23 - Get up for the sunrise
- No. 24 - Go barefoot
- No. 27 - Go stargazing
- No. 31 - Make friends with a bug
- No. 32 - Float in a boat
- No. 34 - Discover wild animal clues
- No. 35 - Discover what is in a pond
- No. 40 - Go on a nature walk at night
- No. 44 - Watch a bird
- No. 47 - Cook on a campfire
- No. 49 - Watch the sunset
- No. 50 - Take a friend on a nature adventure
Enjoy a boat trip on Lough Erne, or experience the best coarse fishing in Northern Ireland. Stop off at an island or two, and see the estate from the vantage point of the water.
Crom is a three pawprint rated place. We want you and your furry companion to enjoy your visit. Please help to ensure that all visitors, with or without dogs, can enjoy their visit by following these guidelines.
The Crom estate is situated in an ideal location on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, surrounded by the beautiful lakes you can enjoy a relaxing break in Northern Ireland.
The parkland at Crom lie beside the Upper Loch Erne, an ancient landscape including the old castle, and with diversity of habitats making it an important conservation site.
Take a look at the volunteer opportunities available at Crom and see whether volunteering here could be for you.
Discover all kinds of wildlife at the places in our care from marine animals to rare woodland species. Spot grey seals, otters, butterflies or birds on your day out.
The National Trust look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. With Rose Gardens, Walled Gardens and Kitchen Gardens, discover some of the best historic gardens in Northern Ireland. Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry while Castle Ward is home to one of the best examples of a Victorian garden in Ireland.