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Visiting Springhill with Family

Couple walking their dog
Enjoy the great outdoors with family at Springhill | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Find out everything you need to know about visiting Springhill with kids. From playing in the natural play area to borrowing balance bikes and essential information on where you'll find baby-changing facilities, bringing a picnic and more.

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 during the summer months, just ask at Visitor Reception when you arrive.
  • Baby changing facilities located in disability access toilets near Visitor Reception and the Courtyard.

Play areas


The natural playarea is located near the main visitor car park. The natural play environment that feels like part of the landscape, allowing kids to enjoy adventures in nature while their imaginations run wild. We hope it encourages your little ones to look up and around, admire the views, engage with their senses and appreciate being outdoors.

Snow covered path at Springhill leads into the woodland
Explore the gardens at Springhill | © Adam McCappin

Balance bikes

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 outdoors. 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 visitor reception. You don’t need to book anything, and the balance bikes are free to use - just turn up and get going.

Ballance bikes are not available throughout the winter months.

The Barn

This interactive space allows families to enjoy a coffee from the Coffee shop while kids can play with some toys or read a book. Located in the courtyard The Barn is where visitor reception and the coffee shop is located is a great indoor space for kids to enjoy come rain or shine.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Are you ready for your next wild adventure? Springhill 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 Springhill. How many can you do on your next visit?

  • No. 1 - Get to know a tree
  • No. 4 - Build a den
  • No. 18 - Create some wild art
  • No. 34 - Discover wild animal clues
  • No. 44 - Watch a bird
  • No. 50 - Take a friend on a nature adventure

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