If you’ve successfully managed to load up the car with teens, toddlers, picnic food and perhaps a grandparent or two before 10am on a Saturday, you want to be absolutely sure your day trip is going to be worth the effort. Thankfully, the National Trust has got you covered. With an impressive 500+ family-friendly destinations, including historic houses, creaking castles, secret gardens, and nature parks teeming with wildlife (not to mention plenty of facilities), you’ll never be short of a family adventure again. So sit back, put your feet up and get inspired about your next day trip, with insider insights from part-time writer and full-time mum, Milly Ahlquist.
1/10 Belton House, Lincolnshire
There’s plenty to do inside and out at this quintessential English country house in Lincolnshire. Take a tour of the eclectic mansion, including a fascinating look at life ‘under the stairs’, then head to the extensive indoor adventure playground: a massive complex of tunnels, tubes and walkways to keep the children (big kids included) entertained for hours. When the sun’s out, take advantage of the good weather to run riot in the hedge maze and the outdoor adventure playground too, featuring water play and music chimes. After all that excitement, enjoy an amble through 1,300 acres of stunning estate – kids will love searching for the resident herd of fallow deer. Finally, if your legs are aching a bit by this point, hitch a ride back by train to sample some tea and cake in the cafe.