Family-friendly things to do at Lytes Cary Manor
Family-friendly things to do in the house
Throughout the manor house, there are steps and access can be quite narrow so we ask that pushchairs are left in the Screens Passage of the Great Hall (where you enter).
Things to look out for in the house:
- The Great Hall is one of the oldest parts of the house. If you look up you can spot the angels at the bottom of each of the rafters – they each carry a shield decorated with the Lyte coat of arms.
- ‘The Good Companions’ are a pair of leather figures flanking the fireplace in the Great Parlour. They are also sometimes known as ‘fireside companions’ and their purpose has long been a subject of discussion. One idea is that they were brought to the table if there were only 13 people for dinner, as this was seen as bad luck.
- What animal you can spot in the Screens Passage of the Great Hall?
Family-friendly things to do on the estate
If you venture off the beaten track, you'll discover a woodland play area and three waymarked trails at Lytes Cary Manor that take you out onto the estate through open fields and woodland. The trails are all between a mile and a mile and a half, so suitable for short and long legs alike.
Things to spot on the estate walks:
- Shrill carder bumblebee: one of the UK's rarest bumblebees
You might also catch the ranger team working hard carrying out some footpath maintenance or monitoring butterfly species.
For any adventurers working through the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list, you’ll be able to tick off quite a few.
Picnic at Lytes Cary Manor
Wrap up warm and a relaxing lunch outdoors can still be had in one of the many picnic spots at Lytes Cary.
The turning circle is one of our favourites, as you get the best of both worlds with a view of the Apostle Garden and house, but you also look out to the estate and the circular water tower built in imitation of the ancient dovecote at Avebury. There are a few benches here.
There’s also a large picnic table under the trees at the start of the White walk. The ranger team have routed the shapes of leaves from native trees into it, so you can always test your leaf knowledge while munching sandwiches.
And just in case you’ve forgotten anything, a selection of snacks and warming drinks are available from the tea-room.
Find out about exploring the manor and the objects on display inside. See a 16th-century herbal book translated into English, leather mannequins and an embroidered mirror.
Explore the garden and see the unusual shaped topiary trees and hedges or catch the light on the sundial in the orchard.
The tea-room serves light bites, drinks and sweet treats. Browse the selection in the second-hand book barn and find a pre-loved read to take home.
With plenty of space for country walks your dog will enjoy adventures here. Discover the best places to take your dog and facilities available. Lytes Cary Manor is a two pawprint rated place.
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