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Family fun at The Weir Garden

Two children lying in a pile of autumn leaves at Castle Ward, County Down
Child playing with autumn leaves. | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Take a stroll next to the river, do some wildlife spotting, let of some steam in the natural play area, and play a game of hide and seek in nature's playground.

Exploring in nature

Unwind as you make you way around the weaving pathways, spot the 1920s features such as the boathouse and rockery, listen to the bubbling river as you look for birds and mammals and enjoy the seasonal delights of the walled garden.

The riverside garden and walled garden are ten acres altogether, so make for a lovely family stroll. The garden is built onto the banks of the Wye so is not really suitable for pushchairs due to tree roots and steps, but little legs will be fine wandering around with a little extra help.

Father playing with toddler son among colourful autumn leaves in a wooded area with fallen leaves on the ground.
What will you discover at The Weir Garden? | © Chris Lacey


The play area is a great spot also let off some steam. Climb aboard the secret tree house and exploring the trees. Spot creepy crawlies in the wild garden and find all the colours of the rainbow in the rockery.

There’s no better place to spend a day, having good old fashioned fun. Maybe play hide and seek or see what you can spot under rocks together. There’s no age limit to spending good quality time together, bring your camera and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Pumpkins growing in the Walled Garden at The Weir Garden, Herefordshire
Spot the pumpkins this October half term at The Weir Garden | © Paul Harris

The National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' is a great way to try some self-led activities in the garden. Print or download the list here and discover what fun activities you can try whilst here.


There are no catering facilities or shop at The Weir but ample spots to sit and eat a picnic. The WCs are located at the top of the riverside garden and include baby changing facilities.

The bridge at The Weir Garden, surrounded by trees displaying vibrant autumn colours, overlooking a section of the River Wye.

Things to see and do at The Weir Garden 

Explore the garden on the banks of the River Wye and discover the unusual walled garden, restored glasshouse, rockery and rustic hut.

A group of people gathered together in the grounds at Stowe in Buckinghamshire discussing the tasks that need to be done for the day

Volunteering opportunities at The Weir Garden 

Help maintain the natural beauty of The Weir Garden on the banks of the River Wye by joining the volunteer team.

The River Wye viewed from the Summer House, The Weir Garden, Herefordshire

The history of The Weir Garden 

The Weir Garden has a rich and varied history, from Roman settlement to family garden. Discover the stories of times past and learn about the garden’s history.

A man and child explore the ruins of Fountains Abbey. The man is holding the little girl as they look up at the stone walls of the abbey.

Family-friendly places to visit 

There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.

Two children sitting on a wall dressed for winter

Family-friendly places to visit in Worcestershire and Herefordshire 

Where will your next adventure be in Worcestershire and Herefordshire? There's woodland play areas, family trails and organised activities to discover.

A mother helps a young child climb over a fallen log in the parkland, on a bright, wintry day.

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ 

Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.