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Family-friendly things to do at Montacute House

Children playing near orangery at Montacute House
Children playing near orangery at Montacute House | © James Dobson

Montacute House is an Elizabethan masterpiece of architecture and design. Its warm Hamstone construction casts playful shadows across the elegant garden, making it the perfect backdrop for a family day out. Take a stroll around the garden and enjoy the changing colours of the season or seek out the swings in the parkland.

May half-term

Croquet coaching day

Volunteers will be on hand to provide tips on how to become a pro at the quintessentially summer sport of croquet. Join them on Saturday 29 May and perhaps take part in a game or two.

Taunton Garison encampment

Come and meeting the Taunton Garrison and learn about 17 Century soldiering. Join in musket drills, meet the blacksmith, camp cook and the dreaded barber surgeon, and learn about their crafts. Weapons will be on display but not fired. The camp will be in the Farmer’s Piece on 29, 30, 31 May and 1 June.

Planning your family visit

Here's all the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out to Montacute House:

  • Family picnic areas
  • Baby-changing
  • Pushchairs and back-carriers allowed on site, but unfortunately must be parked/stowed to enter the house. Please ask at reception for information when you arrive.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden and parkland

Picnicking at Montacute House

There are lots of great picnic spots including the Garden Orchard on the South Drive. It’s one of the less formal areas of the garden, making it ideal for eating picnics and for games of hide and seek. Around the Stables are several wooden picnic benches, including some that can accommodate wheelchairs. Should the rain appear, there is also a covered area.

View of the east side of Montacute House from Cedar Lawn with sunshine hitting the house

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