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Family Days out at Colby Woodland Garden

A young boy is smiling and swinging on a tree rope swing at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire as two other children watch him.
Children playing on a tree rope swing at Colby Woodland Garden | © National Trust Images/ Chris Lacey

Enjoy a day out exploring Colby Woodland Garden and the wider estate with friends and family. Explore this special hidden wooded garden in a valley, discover its history and marvel at the trees and sky in the sky gazing glade.

Planning your family visit

To help you plan your day in advance, here’s some key information.

  • You can find our opening times here. Please check before you travel as opening times for certain parts of the garden may change depending on the season.
  • Take part in our events throughout the open season.
  • The Bothy Tearoom serves scrumptious fresh food.
  • We welcome picnics.
  • There are natural play areas.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead throughout Colby Woodland Garden. Read more about visiting with your four-legged friend here
  • Toilets can be found in the courtyard next to the Bothy. There are baby changing facilities as well as accessible toilet facilities.
  • If you’re visiting with a wheelchair or pushchair, there is level access from a drop off point near to the vehicle access to the courtyard area. If you require assistance or more information, please ask a member of our friendly team. View our accessibility map here.

Early Spring highlights

There’s plenty to see in early Spring at Colby Woodland Garden as the landscape starts to come alive for Spring. There are little green shoots bursting into snowdrops in the beds on Cwms lane, and soon the Camelias will show-off their blousy blooms along the foot of the west wood. Look out for the bluebell glades when the upper parts of the woodland are carpeted in blue, and their delicate scent is in the air.

It’s also a good time to explore the ‘Sky glade’ at the top of the wood where you can lean on a tree trunk and gaze at the clouds moving across the sky.

Natural Play areas

The Woodland Garden is the perfect place for children of all ages to discover nature through natural play. Discover the sky gazing glade at the top of the woods or have fun building a den under the trees. Enjoy jumping on the giant stepping-stones or explore the flora and fauna that makes its home around the stream running through the meadow in the lower part of the garden.

Pick up a “50 things to do before your 11 and ¾ ‘s” leaflet and chart from the visitor welcome centre when you arrive to give the kids an idea of how to make the most out of this giant outdoor play garden.

Eating and shopping

Find out more about here, or if the weather is good pack a picnic and a blanket to enjoy a spread with the whole family in the meadow in the lower part of the garden.

If you fancy shopping check out the Pembrokeshire Craftmakers Gallery above the tearoom or treat yourself or a friend to a Colby guidebook and second-hand book from the visitor welcome centre.

A view of the Walled Garden at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire. It has a path running through it, alongside which are densely planted borders and a large mature tree with dark red leaves.

Discover more at Colby Woodland Garden

Find out when Colby Woodland Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

External view of the Bothy tea room and gallery building with tables and chairs in the courtyard Colby Woodland Garden Pembrokeshire

Eating and shopping at Colby Woodland Garden 

A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the Bothy Tea-room serves delicious lunches and mouth-watering cakes and the Loft Gallery sells hand crafted local products. Our Visitor Centre has a second hand bookshop and souvenirs for the garden.

Couple walking the dog over a bridge at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

Visiting Colby Woodland Garden with your dog 

Colby Woodland Garden is a one pawprint rated place. Find out more about bringing your dog to the wooded valley and when and where you can visit.

Bluebells under the trees , Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

Visiting the garden at Colby Woodland 

From the walled garden’s humble beginnings as a kitchen garden, the woodland garden’s acres of heritage to our natural playground, there’s something for everyone.