Please note that all events 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.
Admire the magnificent house
Allow 1-2 hours for the house. More about the house
Fun, interactive guide
Don't forget to pick up your fun multimedia guide at the house entrance. This guide has a tour made especially for kids and families.
The Dog exhibition activities
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 from creating your own dog breed to colouring in your own masterpiece.
Don't forget to look up
Keep your eyes peeled throughout the house because there are nine rooms with paintings on the ceilings. Make sure you ask a Guide to tell you about Mrs Hackett, the 1st Duke's housekeeper, while you're in the Great Chamber. She features on the painted ceiling.
Put your best foot forward
The 6th Duke bought the one metre ancient Greek marble foot that you can find in the Chapel corridor. It's thought to have been originally part of an 11 metre tall seated statue and is said to be a UK shoe size 101!
Can you hear the ROAR?
Keep an eye out for two lions at the end of the Sculpture gallery, but don't worry, they're friendly. There are a few other animals in the gallery as well. Can you find them?
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Explore the garden
Next, head outside. As you leave the house, you step into the vast 105-acre garden. Be sure to download one of our garden trails to help you discover the hidden depths.
Allow 1.5+ hours to explore the garden. More about the garden
Climbing and racing
Climb the steps in the giant rockery for an amazing view, before heading towards the maze.
Who will get to the centre first?
Next, decide if anyone is brave enough to walk the length of the Coal tunnel in the dark?
Use the children’s trail to find the human sundial, the balancing rock and the Emperor fountain. How high do you think it is?
Water, water everywhere
From the winding Trout stream to the Emperor fountain which can shoot water over 250 feet in the air, there's water everywhere. Keep an eye out for the willow tree fountain, but watch out, you may get wet!
Did you know all the water in the garden comes from the lakes above and feeds the water in our toilets?
Time for refreshment
Finally, exit the garden by the Stables, where you will find a selection of eateries, perfect for refuelling with lunch, an ice-cream or a snack.
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Adventure in the farmyard and playground
Allow 2–3 hours for the farmyard and playground. More about the farmyard and playground
Make new friends
Meet all of our farmyard animals and have a cuddle with the guinea pigs in the animal pen.
Who dares to go through the secret tunnel that leads to the huge adventure playground?
Bouncing and zipping
Let them bounce away on the trampoline, but don’t forget a zoom down the zipwire!
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Visiting with young children
Learn more about visiting with young children, including baby change facilities, feeding and more.