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Family-friendly things to do at Mompesson House

Two girls run on the lawn behind Mompesson House.
Children playing in the rear garden at Mompesson House | © ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

If you’re planning a day out in Salisbury, Mompesson House is the perfect place to relax and while away a few hours. From explorer activities to exploring our self-contained walled garden, there’s enough to keep interested minds busy and encourage play. This spring, you can fall in love with blossom at Mompesson House and Salisbury's Cathedral Close. The Festival of Blossom runs from 22 March to 4 June and provides entertainment and activities that put those with SEND and dementia first. Pick up a blossom map and trail, take part in a free workshop or add to the community blossom bunting.

Planning your family visit

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

  • Baby-changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet in our courtyard.
  • Pushchairs are allowed in the garden. We have a sheltered storage area for pushchairs and buggies and a member of staff will be happy to help you.
  • Hip carriers are available to borrow.

Family-friendly things to do

We have a free activity sheet to encourage children to take in their surroundings and use all their senses.

Our second-hand bookshop has a children's section with chairs available to sit and read.

Our tea-room has plenty of child-friendly options, with sweet and savoury snacks available.

Two girls enter Mompesson House through the front door.
Visitors at Mompesson House | © ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

SEND families

Mompesson House is trying to become an inclusive site for families of children with SEND. We can offer the following:

  • Child-size ear defenders to borrow on entry at the front door.
  • A map in the second-hand bookshop showing quiet and busy areas. There are also seats in the second-hand bookshop and this is a quiet zone.
  • A sensory guide to Mompesson involving touch, sight, sound and smell. These are available at the front door or the second-hand bookshop.
  • A Now and Next board in our second-hand bookshop.
  • A peaceful and accessible garden.

If you have any questions or concerns about visiting, please call or email us. Our staff are happy to help guide you through your visit.

A view of Mompesson House from the garden, with purple alliums in the foreground, in Salisbury, Wiltshire

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