Pond-dipping, bug-hunting, exploring the innards of trees, the National Trust are challenging kids to complete a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4 and Dyrham Park offers the perfect chance to tick off several of these.
Veer off to the left upon entering the grounds and you’ll discover a path lined with carved wooden sculptures including a particularly impressive eagle. Head straight on downhill (walk or take the free shuttle bus which ferries people up and down every 15 minutes throughout the day) and views spill across the valley to the 17th Century mansion house at the heart of the park. Fallow deer roam freely in the Estate and there’s ducks to spot on the elegant ponds in the beautiful gardens behind the house – a lovely picnic spot in summer.
Despite having visited several times, I only discovered the Old Lodge play area a few goes in and what a treat it was with a newly walking toddler. Brightly coloured vintage tractors to play-drive, a bug hotel, Ride-on smaller plastic tractors to navigate round a track, a very realistic looking Cedric the cow to feed, wagons to climb and natural wood play area with balance beams makes a nice day out exciting for the little ones too. You’ll find picnicking families and scampering children here during school holidays.
Days out around Bristol – Dyrham Park
As ever with National Trust places, Dyrham Park is excellently equipped for families. A duck egg blue Courtyard Tea Room offers children’s meals, cream teas (possible to take away), vegan and gluten free options, drinks (including wine, Bath ales and Dyrham Park’s very own cider), babyccinos, high chairs and a baby station complete with microwave. On cold or rainy weekends get there around 1130am to avoid the rush. If you’d just like to pick up something quick to eat and enjoy in the grounds, pop into the smaller Courtyard Kiosk just off the courtyard.
Garden and park only
- Adult: £5.20
- Child: £2.60
National Trust members go free 🙂