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Family days out at Tredegar House

Visitors in the Kitchen at Tredegar House, Newport
Visitors in the Kitchen at Tredegar House, Newport | © ©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

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.

Unwrapping 500 Years of Christmas at Tredegar House

This year at Tredegar House we’re unleashing the magic of Christmas for all to enjoy.

Opening times: House and Garden open Friday to Monday, 1-4 and 8-11 of December and every day from 15 to 23 December, 11am-4pm. Late night opening until 8pm on selected days.

Unwrap 500 years of Christmas at Tredegar House, with twinkling lights, a magical atmosphere and over 80 decorated trees.

Family festive weekends

There will be family festive weekends on 9, 10, 16 and 17 December where the ever-popular grumpy old Scrooge will make his return to cast his disapproving eye on the Christmas festivities, but there will be plenty of choir singing and singalongs to keep the festive spirit alive and a roaming Father Christmas spreading joy to all.

Plan your Christmas visit here.

A visitor admiring the Christmas display at Tredegar House, Newport, Wales
Christmas at Tredegar House, Newport, Wales | © National Trust Images/Aled Llywelyn

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 Morning Room 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.

Sensory backpacks

Our colourful sensory backpacks are available for anyone to borrow and are designed for families with additional support needs. They contain a variety of sensory items, including fidget toys, ear defenders, a magnifying glass, a story book and soft toys.

Sensory backpacks are a new addition to Tredegar House and our team have carefully developed them, following guidance from several sensory-focussed organisations. We’d love to hear your feedback so that we can continue to enhance the backpacks over time. Please feel free to chat to our team if you have any comments or suggestions to share with us.

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

Explorer backpacks

There’s so much to discover in the formal gardens, whether it’s new life growing in the flower beds or burrowing insects in wet weather. These backpacks are designed to help young explorers get closer to the natural world and include useful tools to use around the gardens on your adventures.

Explorer backpacks contain a pair of binoculars, a compass, a magnifying glass, insect observation equipment and a seasonal spotter book. There’s also a storybook to read when you’re taking a break from your discoveries.

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.

Lakeside trail

This short, easy circular trail will take you around the perimeter of the parkland at Tredegar House. The 1-mile, level walk offers a tranquil escape from the city for all the family to enjoy.