Family Days Out

Outdoor Play Areas at our historic places

We've picked out our favourite outdoor play areas for you and your family to discover.

Once you've finished exploring a castle, or wandering through the grounds of a stately home, head to the play area so your little adventurers can burn off their extra energy.

Please note: Due to changing tier restrictions, check the individual property pages of the sites you'd like to visit for the most up-to-date information.

New: Walmer Castle Woodland Play Trail

Little adventurers will love our new natural play trail in Walmer Castle's restored woodland walk.

Featuring wobbly bridges to cross, hollow tree trunks to climb and giant nests to hide in, it's a place for imaginations to run wild in a natural setting. 

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Outdoor play areas

Each of our outdoor play areas has its own historical theme so the kids can learn about the story of England as they play.

  • 1066 battle of Hastings, abbey and battlefield

    You’ll find this play area near the café at Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. Lovingly carved from wood, it features all sorts of fun apparatus based on the theme of 1066, including climbable barrels and even an enormous wooden ox.

  • Eltham Palace and Gardens

    The Courtaulds lived at Eltham Palace in the 1930s and loved to travel. That’s why this playground was designed on the theme of ‘around the world’. It’s right next to the café so you can watch your children play whilst enjoying a well-earned cup of tea.

  • Bolsover Castle

    Inspired by the towers and turrets of Bolsover Castle, this play area has it all. Swings, a slide and even wooden 'castle battlements'. It's right outside the café so kids can let off steam while you take some time out for yourself.

  • Audley End House and Gardens

    This play area is filled with horse-themed equipment and is right next to the café. Kids can climb to the top turret of the wooden house in the centre of the play area to be rewarded with views of the orchards and horses behind the walled garden.

  • Wrest Park

    Situated near the café this play area is inspired by Wrest Park, including its very own wooden pavilion to climb and explore. For daring adventurers there is even a zip wire to ride on, but there’s plenty here to keep kids of any age entertained.

  • Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

    The play area at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is based on the history of the family who lived here. Parents can relax on a picnic bench with a coffee from the nearby café while the kids climb, swing and slide through history.

  • Witley Court and Gardens

    Nestled in the woodland by Witley Court, you'll find a wooden adventure playground complete with a tree-house, slides, scramble net and wobbly bridge. Younger children can also explore the nature inspired musical instruments and wooden animal rides.

  • Free entry with membership

    If you live within a stone's throw of any of these places then free entry with English Heritage membership is a great value option for you. Upgrade your after school activities and weekend itinerary by making a historic site your local hang-out.

Find a place to visit

Where better to let little imaginations run wild than at a historic castle, abbey or house? 

Whether you fancy going exploring in Charles Darwin's back garden, or climbing the tallest tower at Dover Castle, a day out at one of our sites will keep everyone entertained.  

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