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Visiting Crom with Family

A family boat ride in June on Lough Erne at Crom, County Fermanagh
Discover the tranquillity of Crom with family | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Find out everything you need to know about visiting Crom with the family. From playing in the new play area to borrowing balance bikes and essential information on where you'll find baby-changing facilities, tearoom, picnic facilities and more.

Bikes stand against a stone wall on a sunny day
Hire a bike and explore Crom on two wheels | © Lee John Mann


A new playground is located beside Bell Hill campsite opposite the Holiday Cottages.

The new playground has swings and a slide, braille and sign language features, plus a new accessible path for visitors with wheelchairs and prams.

We're very proud of the fact that much of the new playground was been built with recycled wood, reflecting our commitment to sustainability.

Climb the yew trees

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.

Bike hire

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.

For a gentle cycle, take your bike along the trail to the old castle ruins, boat house and white bridge before 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.

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

Balance bikes and helmets are also 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.

Boat Hire

Depending on water levels, you can hire boats and canoes at Crom. 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 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

Did you know you can also stay at Crom? We have fantastic indoor and outdoor options. Book a family getaway by camping in one of our 2 campsites, glamp in one of our 5 glamping pods or staying in one of our 7 holiday cottages at Crom.

Planning your family visit

  • Children must be supervised at all times as there are water features and uneven surfaces 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.

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

Contact us


Phone to book your boat hire

028 6773 8118
Castle ruins at Crom, Country Fermanagh.

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