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Family-friendly things to do at Shugborough Estate

Mother with a boy using binoculars at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
What can you spot at Shugborough Estate? | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

With 900 acres of grounds and parkland to play with, you're not short on family activity options here at Shugborough Estate, whether you head to the walled garden to see what's growing, join a family trail or whizz down the zipwire in the Explorers’ Wood play area. Find out what's on offer and everything you need to know to plan your visit.

Planning your family visit

  • There are toilets and baby changing facilities at Park Farm, the Plant Centre and Midden Yard
  • Pushchairs are welcome in all outdoor spaces. We ask that they are left outside when visiting the Mansion, Lichfield Apartments and Servants Quarters
  • We welcome budding cyclists across the estate up to the age of five
  • Fill up hungry tummies at Park Farm Café or the Mansion Tea-room. Both have a microwave to heat up milk and baby food.

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Exploring the estate

With 900 acres of estate to explore there are new adventures to experience every time you visit.

You can follow a circular walk from Park Farm that leads back to the car park via the hill to Hadrian’s arch. There are great views over the parkland, and the hill to Hadrian's arch is perfect for rolling back down again.

Look out for the blue and red bridges on the circular walk through the gardens and arboretum.

Explorers' Wood play area

This natural play area inspired by ocean-faring patron, Admiral George Anson, is filled with fun things to do like a zip-wire, climbing logs and a climbing wall.

Park Farm

The working model farm is home to the Southdown sheep and Longhorn cattle that graze the parkland. They are often out and about across different areas of the estate so look out for them on your walk.

Take a look at our interactive farmyard exhibit in the historic Mill Block, to find out about the role the farm played in Shugborough’s history.

Visitors at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Exploring the mansion at Shugborough Estate | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Head to the walled garden to see what's growing.

Then head to the arboretum to see oaks from around the world, plus the widest yew tree in Europe - how many steps will it take for you to do a complete circuit of the trunk?

Family-friendly things to do in the house

Learn about sea-faring stories in the mansion. Challenge the kids to look out for the lion's leg, one of the more curious objects in the collection.

Visitors walking towards the house at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire.

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