This rare 14th-century Wealden hall-house was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust, in 1896.
The thatched, timber-framed house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere, and surrounded by a delightful, tranquil cottage garden full of wildlife.
Open Saturdays-Wednesday 10.30am-5pm until end of October, then weekends only 11am-4pm
Where: The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TL
Tel: 01323 871961
Beloved home of Sir Winston Churchill and his family – a fascinating resource for personal information on him.
The gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of nature, including the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot playhouse. Beyond the gardens are woodland family trails, natural play areas, den building and a Canadian camp.
Where: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Tel: 01732 868381
Previously the countryside retreat of queens and heirs, this 18th century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey with many unique and unexpected features to discover, including the large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower.
Our children’s play area is a great place to run off steam, and look out for the Thatched Cottage, a Victoria refuge filled with toys, games and dressing up clothes.
Where: Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG
Tel: 01372 467806
Interesting hillside garden with year round features. Offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities.
Where: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA
Tel: 01732 868381
Stretches of sweeping parkland sheltering a classic country house.
Take the time to wander through our 400 acres of rolling parkland and woodland, open all year round, and don’t forget to pay a visit to our natural adventure area for children. You can also see inside our house on four afternoons a week between April and October, when specially designed Georgian costumes will be available for the children to enjoy.
Where: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT
Tel: 01483 222482
Outstanding 14th century moated manor house.
Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson.
The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.
Where: Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT
Tel: 01732 810378
Knole is a historic house and medieval deer park situated in the market town of Sevenoaks. With a large number of free attractions on offer including the Visitor Centre, Park Experience room, several exhibitions and the entire deer park, a visit to Knole makes for a wonderful, fun and affordable day!
Where: Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Tel: 01732 462100
An atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside. Feel inspired as you walk around a place that has been the setting for so much creativity, whilst taking in lovely views, listening to music and relaxing with a cup of tea.
Where: Leith Hill Lane, Leith Hill, Surrey, RH5 6LY
Tel: 01306 711685
An area of woodland, parkland, farmland and open heath. Dowloadable walking trails available from National Trust.
Climb all 74 steps of the spiral stair at Leith Hill Tower to be at the highest point in South East England. On a clear day you can see the English Channel to the south and the clock face of Big Ben to the north.
Entry to the Tower £2 adult/£1 child. Free for National Trust members.
Where: near Coldharbour village, Dorking, Surrey
Tel: 01306 712711
National Trust gardens, set around a romantic house and ruins. Explore the garden and woods or discover hidden treasures in the house. Activity and spotter sheets will keep little ones happy while our seasonal trails in the garden and geocaching in the woods are fun for everyone.
Where: Handcross, near Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB
Tel: 01444 405250
A stately mansion in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. New in the mansion for our youngest visitors, pick up a Petworth Play Bag and match colours, feel textures, look for shapes and pose like a sculpture.
With 700 acres to explore there are endless opportunities for walking at Petworth. Download one of our trails and try out the Park Explorer to get the most out of your stroll.
Where: Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR
Tel: 01798 342207
Looking for new ways to explore the outdoors as a family? Surrey’s Polesden Lacey offers experiences the whole family will love. From free binoculars to borrow to the Squirrel’s Corner adventures playground, there’s something here for everyone!
With 1400 acres of grounds at Polesden, why not bring the family and the dog, and take a walk in this beautiful setting.
Grounds open 10:00am-5:00pm, with house opening at 11:00am.
Where: Great Bookham, Nr Dorking, RH5 6BD
Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey.
The award winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on them. Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were build and climb aboard ‘Reliance’, one of three surviving barges.
Boat trips available.
Where: Navigations Office and Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RR
Tel: 01483 561389
Scotney Castle is a great place to visit as a family. With plenty of activities on offer and over 780 acres of parkland and woodland to explore as well as the house and garden and Old Castle, there’s so much here for all the family to enjoy.
Where: Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN
Tel: 01892 893820
Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.
Garden open 10am-5pm until 5th November 2017, then 10am-4pm throughout winter months (closed 24th & 25th December)
Where: Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3QX
Tel: 01825 790231
Arts and crafts family home with Morris & Co interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.
Wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland.
Opening times: House – 11.00am-4.30pm, Garden 10.00am-5.00pm. Winter opening (from 31st October 2017): House – 11.00am-3.30pm, Garden 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed 24th-25th December.
Where: West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE
Tel: 01342 323029
Created in the early 20th century, this hillside arboretum now has more than 1000 species of shrubs and trees, many of them rare. There is always something new to see no matter what time of year. In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics, and in winter you can take a peaceful stroll among the hollies and snowdrops.
Where: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD
Tel: 01483 208477