The meca of outdoor fun. Still discovering something new with every visit, we love Killerton House, its gardens and its woodlands. It’s a fantastic place to spend a few hours to a whole day entertaining kids solo, or with friends.
Five Reasons why Killerton is a great place for mums and dads, for babies, for toddlers and for little people. In short, Five reasons why Killerton is a great place!
1. The walks and views.
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As they say “Whether you’re here for a dog walk, a gentle stroll to enjoy the views, or an adventure with your young explorers, the outdoors at Killerton has a walk for you.” They certainly do – and with fantastic instructions too (either collect a booklet of the map and directions at reception or download here or if you’re blessed with a good sense of direction- not my strong point – follow your nose). Sling up and explore the beautiful 6,200 acre estate across Devon countryside (we’ve enjoyed the changing colours and temperatures throughout the seasons) or, with an all-terrain buggy on a dry day, the gardens and Front Park. Dogs allowed – our Spaniel loves it – and are allowed off the lead / sniff to their hearts content once out of the main area (four legged friends are not allowed in the house or walled gardens). Little legs can also enjoy the abundant space and freedom and are rewarded with giant swings dotted around the estate to enjoy on the lap of a parent. And with simply gorgeous views, it’s a great place for a top-up of endorphins (or a spot of mindfulness).
If spring is in the air and you’re looking for a walk with spring flowers, then Killerton have detailed the 6 best places to see spring flowers in the estate. Just click here.
Join the free guided parkland walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am. 2 miles with some hills. 1.5 – 2 hours. – I recently was lucky enough to have one all to myself as no one else joined. Aborted ¾ of the way through as little Miss became a restless fidgeter. But thoroughly enjoyed it – do try it out.
2. Natural playgrounds
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If the little ones have escaped the sling or buggy, then they will love the outdoors and all the natural playground sites that Killerton estate offers. There are dens to be built in The Clump, Forest school once a month from April through to October (read more here) there are fallen trees to clamber over and double swings to enjoy throughout the estate as well as tree stump stepping stones and nature’s playground at The Plains, and in The Front Park they can enjoy orienteering with stamping points positioned around the open parkland. Children can really #runwild and enjoy getting stuck into nature with sticks and stones and bugs and fauna.
For those looking for a more contained and traditional, small playground, there’s a slide some chimes to play with a stick and other bits to play as you walk from reception to the main house on the right-hand side.
The National Trust have rounded up 6 of the best places to play at Killerton – click here for more info.
3. The house – interesting exhibitions
Killerton house is not only a lovely, typical National Trust building to wander round, but also has fantastic exhibitions that are perfectly executed. 2018 marks the year of 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act – giving women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections. Killerton’s ‘Votes for Women?’ exhibition gives an insight into the divided views of the Aclands family. Children can enjoy spotting the mice in each room as you try to read snippets of information on Eleanor Acland’s suffragist campaign as well as her Aunt Gertrude’s anti-suffragist political views before the toddler drags you into the next room. Enjoy playing the piano and then head upstairs for dressing up and interactive activities for the children. A great wet weather place to go.
4. The gardens
Being outside, should the weather allow, is always a favourite place to be. Everything just seems a little easier with kids outside. Killerton garden is beautifully planted and kids can enjoy playing with the outdoor toys provided on the lawned garden, spotting different coloured flowers, wandering among the flower beds and generally enjoying some tame exploring. Take a picnic or grab something from the café and enjoy.
Lastly, but by no means errr least(ly), Killerton organises an array of fantastic events throughout the year including their apple festival, pumpkin trail and year-on-year they create a delightful and magical themed ‘Christmas at Killerton’. Well worth saving the dates in advance and heading along for well organised family fun days.
For a full run down of events click here.
For membership information and opening times please see Killerton website