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Family days out at Tredegar House

Two children taking a closer look at alliums growing in the garden at Tredegar House, South Wales, in May.
Children exploring the garden in May at Tredegar House, South Wales | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

There’s plenty to entertain the whole family here at Tredegar House. With an impressive mansion house and 90 acres of gardens and parkland to explore, you’re bound to create memories to cherish for years to come.

Planning your visit

Here's some key information for planning your family visit...

  • There are baby changing facilities available next to visitor reception and at the Brewhouse Café. The parkland toilets are open in the summer months only.
  • Due to historic flooring, prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the house. There is a sheltered pram park available near the front door of the house.
  • Bicycles, scooters, frisbees and balls are not allowed in the gardens, however there’s plenty of space to play with these in the parkland.
  • There are kids’ lunchboxes available in the Brewhouse Café, and the second-hand bookshop has a great variety of children’s books to choose from.
  • Entry fees apply to the house and gardens, but the parkland is free to enter.

May Half Term

During May half term, we are continuing to celebrate the beauty of Spring with our Festival of Blossom and Blossom Spotter trail through the mansion house. Our explorer, sensory and Creative Kits are available at visitor reception for free to enhance your visit. Come and identify new life in the gardens and experience the thrill of late Spring.

Step into spring at Tredegar House

Creative Kits

Grab a pack: Help yourself to one of our Creative Kits, full of everything you need to turn your inspiration into works of art. Leave your art for others to see or take home.

Sensory Backpacks

Our sensory backpacks will suit a range of diverse needs for all ages. Take to the gardens and explore, the packs contain a variety of sensory items, including fidget toys, ear defenders, a magnifying glass, a story book and soft toys.

Explorer Backpacks

Families and children can pick up an explorer backpack from Visitor Reception to enhance your visit. Find your way through the formal gardens and Mansion House while connecting with nature and those around you through fun, seasonal activities.

Festival of Blossom

20 April - 2 June

Embrace the festival of blossom at Tredegar House, immerse yourself in the renewal of spring, nature, and flowers in the gardens.

Blossom is all about celebrating the elegance of nature. Spring is the perfect season for this as we have new life in the gardens, busy pollinators, and lots to allow you to get closer to the natural world. Follow the trail of blooms throughout the house, try and find all of them and count them along the way, let us know how many you find!

Artists and designers have been inspired by blossom for hundreds of years. Can you discover the beautiful blossom designs in Tredegar House?

You'll spot them on objects, carvings, paintings and they're on the walls, floors and even the ceilings!

Artist in Residence

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays,

April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.

May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26.

June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30.

July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21.

Our community partners Urban Circle are working in our Orangery to create a red dragon that will be flown at the Reggae and Riddim festival on 27 and 28 July. The scales have been made using various artistic methods by the local community during workshops. With no cost on top of normal entry, this is a great opportunity witness a unique art display being brought to life for all to see.

Workshops

1 and 2 June.

Urban Circle will be holding workshops to create part of a lion’s mane that will be on display at the Reggae and Riddum festival on 27 and 28 July. Come along to give your contribution to this communal piece of art that will be seen by many.

Things to do in the house

Dress to impress

Make believe Tredegar House is your own home or workplace, with a selection of traditional outfits. With dresses, jackets and hats to choose from – will you become the lady of the house or the butler? Don’t forget to stop for a family photo in the Brown Room.

Play with puppets

Head into the New Hall where you’ll find a cosy corner with an interactive puppet display. Create your own stories about the people who once lived here with your family and friends, or see if you can re-enact some of the stories you’ve heard during your visit.

Child looking over a bridge at Tredegar House, Wales
Child looking over a bridge at Tredegar House, Wales | © National Trust Images/Aled Llywelyn

Things to do in the gardens

New play area under development

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50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾

Take part in 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, the National Trust’s bucket list for young explorers, every day when you visit us. Will you watch a bird, befriend a bug or go welly wandering as you enjoy everything the gardens have to offer? Collect your activity sheet from visitor reception before you begin your wild adventure.

Things to do in the parkland

Space to play and picnic

With a vast sweeping green areas, the parkland is the perfect place for a kick about with a ball, a short cycle ride or to take in nature with a picnic and a stroll. In wet weather, some of the paths can become a little muddy so remember to dress for the seasons when you visit.

Feed the ducks

The ornamental lake at Tredegar House is the home of lots of different birds, including ducks, coots, swans and geese. Remember, frozen peas are the best household feed for birds as they’re full of healthy nutrients.