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Family-friendly things to do at Tattershall Castle

Child in the garden at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire in autumn
Enjoy an autumnal adventure at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

From playing medieval-era games in the castle to having a picnic in spacious grassy grounds, there are plenty of ways for your family to have an adventure and create special memories at Tattershall Castle. Find out what's on offer and what you need to know to plan your visit.

Caution: Take care!

The grounds feature two moats that are unfenced with steep drops and contain water. Children must be supervised at all times.

Make autumn awesome at the Castle

Get in for FREE on Heritage Open Days (16 - 17 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm)!

Heritage Open Days celebrates history and culture and give access to special places. Admission to Tattershall Castle will be FREE on Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September. Come along and explore to your hearts content.

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Rowallane Garden, County Down
autumn adventures and activities await at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Spook yourself silly this Halloween half term (Weds 18 - Sun 29 October, 10.30am - 4.30pm)

There's some spooky goings on at the castle. Will you dare to tread within the ghostly grounds?

The castle is a maze of haunting walls. Take our spine shivering Halloween trail for some frightful fun and enjoy some creepy crafting activities.

There are additional charges for trails and crafts.

A girl dresses up for Halloween at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
Come dressed in your most frightening Halloween costumes when you visit the Castle | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Delve into the graffiti exhibition and children's trail

With lots of tantalising clues as to the history of the people who visited, lived and worked at the Castle, you can discover all the ins and outs of the carvings that adorn these red brick walls. Children will love taking on the graffiti trail (£2 each with prize) and exploring the Castle on the lookout for the best bits. For older visitors, you'll find directions on each floor to help you make sense of the marks and symbols everywhere you look.

A close up of graffiti carved into the stonework at Tattershall Castle
Discover an entirely new graffiti trail and exhibition at the Castle this summer | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

And much more to do at the Castle...

Run, jump and explore

Explore the whole of Tattershall Castle with its echoing chambers and maze of rooms. It is the perfect way to stay cool indoors during the warmer months.

You will find a variety of medieval-era games on some of the floors as you climb the spiral staircase all the way up to the battlements.

Make sure to wander the ruins around the grounds, and enjoy the freedom of the spacious inner ward to have a run and jump about with the family.

Learn about history and nature

If you need to slow down for a bit, there is plenty of history at your fingertips waiting be uncovered.

Peer through stained glass windows while you explore the medieval tower and wander through ruins in the grounds, all the while discovering all the secrets this ancient castle holds.

Children's feet sticking out from a window in the medieval tower at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire
Child exploring the medieval tower at Tattershall Castle | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Grab a tempting sandwich, snack or sweet treat

In visitor reception you will find a selection of sandwiches, crisps, chocolate bars and ice-creams to get your tastebuds tingling.

Sunlight illuminating a heraldic stained glass window at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

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