Family Gardens – Great days out with children
Visiting a National Garden Scheme garden isn’t just for adults – there’s plenty of fun (and homemade cake!) to be had this summer holiday at our family-friendly gardens for children too.
From fairy gardens and children’s mazes to farm animals and miniature railways, we have lots of family-friendly gardens open, that go the extra mile to welcome little ones and keep them amused all afternoon long.
And with many offering free entry for children and an average adult admission of just £4.50, it’s a great value day out for the whole family.
Some gardens hold nominated open days where you can just turn up, others open “by arrangement” meaning you can contact the garden owner direct and arrange a visit at a convenient time for your family or group. View the individual garden listing to find out more.
So discover what’s behind the gate of your nearest family-friendly garden, browse our top family friendly picks and encourage your children or grandchildren outside with our garden activities.
Discover ovor family-friendly gardens open across England and Wales – where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, a fun and affordable day out, and plenty of homemade cake!
Picture – Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Derbyshire, open for the National Garden Scheme on Monday 4th September
Our top picks
From fairy gardens and miniature railways, to mazes and farm animals, many of our gardens go the extra mile to make sure our younger visitors have an unforgettable afternoon. Discover which family-friendly gardens we think are unmissable.
Picture – Barnards Farm, Essex, open for the National Garden Scheme on various dates throughout July, August and September.
Garden activities for children
Gardens are an important part of growing up and whether you’re in your own garden or at a National Garden Scheme opening, they are the ideal place to have fun and learn about nature.
To encourage your children to get outdoors, take a look at our nature trail, colouring sheets, recipes and crafts.