In addition to our daily activities, we also host a selection of talks, tours and workshops throughout the year in the house, garden, farmyard and park.
Please note that all activities within or beginning in the house, garden and/or farmyard require visitors to have paid admission. All activities are subject to cancellation due to weather or circumstances beyond our control.
In the house
15 minutes | Every hour 11am-3pm | March - October
Extra tours during peak opening.
An introductory talk on the history of the house that starts by the weeping ash tree outside the house entrance.
March - October | English, French, Spanish, German, Simplified Chinese
Hear facts, figures and hidden stories of the house and collection, and explore the rich history of dogs in art, as well as the Cavendish family's love of dogs as part of the exhibition The Dog.
Pick up your multimedia guide at the tills in the North Entrance Hall.
Taster tour of the house
£4 adult, £2 child
45 minutes | 11.30am, 1.30pm | March - October
A tour with our expert guides of house, the history and the 2019 exhibition The Dog that starts at the house entrance. This tour covers additional information not in the multimedia guide. Afterwards, you can re-enter the house to see things at your own pace.
Tours are limited, first-come, first-served.
The Dog exhibition activities
Throughout the day
Play dog breed top trumps with the collectors cards you receive throughout the visitor route and be sure to stop by the New Gallery where there's tons of fido fun for young ones.
In the garden
Garden walking tour
1 hour | 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm | March to October
A guided walk covering the interesting and hidden stories from 400 years of the garden.
Garden buggy tour
£4 per person
30 minutes | Every hour 11.30am-3.30pm
Extra buggy tours during peak opening
A guided buggy ride around the depths of the garden to see key features such as the Ring Pond, the Rockery and the Cascade, and learn about the fascinating history of the garden and the wider landscape.
Buggy tours are very popular; waiting times may vary. Tours are limited; first-come, first-served.
Every hour 12pm-3pm
Extra tours available during peak opening
Get a bird's eye view of our garden and park with this special tour of the Belvedere.
Please be aware that access includes a winding staircase.
Self-guided | During garden open hours
Explore the 105 acre garden at your leisure using one of our suggested walks.
In the farmyard
Animal handling in the Oak Barn
Check board on arrival for times | March - September
You can handle all sorts of cuddly farm creatures here, three times a day. There's no better way to get up close and personal with our chicks, lambs and goat kids (in season).
Guinea pig village
11.30am, 2pm and 4pm
Take some time out to get up close with a few of our smaller furry friends.
Farmyard daily talk
1.30pm* | March - November
Meet the animals at our daily talk where one of our friendly experts will explain how we care for them.
*Subject to change during special events
Trailer discovery tours
Check board on arrival for times and prices
Meet us in the farmyard on weekends and school holidays for the chance to explore the landscape plus learn a little bit more about the area with commentary suitable for all ages.
During some special events including February half-term and Halloween, they're themed as well!
Trailer discovery tours are accessible to wheelchair users. To book a wheelchair onto a tour, please call 01246 583139 in advance of your visit.
3.30pm | Mid-April - October
You can see our cows being milked almost every day until the end of October. Fun and educational – it's a great way for little ones to learn about where their favourite drink comes from.
During farmyard open hours
Take time out from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the wide variety of birds that visit the area.
Around the park
During park open hours
Learn more about our landscape and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
Self-guided | All year
The trails in the park and Stand Wood have many paths for you to discover and explore. Here are a few of our suggested walks.