Family-friendly things to do at Montacute House
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.
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
- 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.
October half term
Whatever the weather there is lots to do at Montacute House. Undercover in the stables you can enjoy soft archery, quoits, connect 4, giant Jenga and much more. Plenty of space to run around in the garden and parkland to keep warm.
Meet the Marquess of Winchester's Regiment
The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment will be demonstrating aspects of 17th-century life at Montacute House on Saturday 28 October - an educational and fun experience for all the family.
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.
Explore the garden of Montacute House throughout the seasons. See the yew trees, affectionately known as ‘wibbly wobbly’ hedges, or take a few moments of tranquillity in the Orangery.
Explore the ground floor of the house at Montacute in Somerset, home of the rare Tournai Tapestry.
Walk the estate at Montacute House and discover nature, views and landmarks to enjoy throughout the season. Bring along your dog and enjoy wide-open spaces.
Hidden around the house and garden discover nine specially designed reindeer – you’ll spot each unique, larger-than-life character as you’ve never seen them before. Have a boogie with Dancer and fall in love with Cupid. Running daily from 25 November to 1 January (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Whether it’s a quick bite to eat or some retail therapy you’re looking for, Montacute House is sure to have something for you.
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