10 National Trust sites offering Easter trails and egg hunts for 2023
From historical games to crafty activities, here is our roundup of the best Easter trails and egg hunts at National Trust sites across the UK for 2023.
By Victoria David | Last updated Mar 17, 2023
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Looking for the best National Trust sites to visit this Easter? Look no further! Springtime brings warmer weather and new growth, making it the perfect time to explore the great outdoors with your family. Much loved by Mumsnetters, the National Trust's 500 properties offer the best family-friendly options for outdoor visits to historic buildings and natural places.
So, why not blow away those winter cobwebs and visit one or more of the National Trust's best Easter trails and egg hunts? With activities for all ages, it's the perfect way to enjoy the season and create lasting memories with your loved ones.
What’s on this Easter with the National Trust?
This Spring, 190 National Trust sites are holding Easter adventure trails for the holidays, with each location offering a different themed Easter trail experience that you and your family can explore.
At each property, there’ll be opportunities to jump in muddy puddles along woodland trails, and find adventure around every corner with traditional games, crafty makes, nature spotting and dress-up fun.
Every person who takes part in a trail for £3 at one or more of the 190 National Trust sites will receive a trail sheet, pencil, bunny ears and a chocolate egg (or a vegan and Free From alternative egg). As always, admission for National Trust members at any of the participating sites is free, while non-members will need to pay the applicable admission fee.
So without further ado, keep reading to discover our roundup of the top National Trust sites offering Easter trails this April that the whole family can enjoy.
1. Easter egg hunt at Ham House and Garden, Surrey
Ham House and Garden, ©National Trust Images/Chris Davies | Find out more
“Not really sure if it is 'London' enough for you - although NT include it in their London section, but Ham House is lovely, and the gardens are beautiful. It's right on the River Thames, so you can walk along the river path as well.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Seeline)
“Ham House definitely. Tube to Richmond then walk to it along the river. Proper NT country house experience.” (Rated by Mumsnetter Thecazelets)
For the ultimate Easter egg hunt in London, explore the 17th Century Ham House and Garden, located along the picturesque South Bank of the River Thames. Surrounded by stunning manicured lawns, wild woodland, and practical gardens perfect for picnics, this property offers the ideal space for your children to run, skip, and play between the ten themed stations spread throughout the gardens, courtyards, and terraces.
Make the most of the Spring weather and join us for hours of family fun while learning about the traditional games that teenage Elizabeth Murray would have played in the Stuart period. Your children will love trying their hand at hoopla and competing in wheelbarrow races to win the ultimate Easter egg prize.
With no need to book beforehand, simply turn up at the visitor reception dressed for the weather between 10am and 5pm from 1st to 16th April, to pick up your trail map and join in the excitement.
Whether rain or shine, this National Trust Easter egg hunt is an unforgettable experience that your family will cherish for years to come. So why wait? Start planning your Easter adventure today and create lasting memories with the ones you love at Ham House and Garden.
2. Easter egg hunt at Osterley Park and House, London
Osterley Park, ©National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole | Find out more
“Osterely Park House in zone 4, ten minutes walk from Osterely tube station… We love it. It's an amazing oasis in South West London. One minute you are walking through SW London urban/suburban houses, then bam! Through the gates into a country estate, cows, horses, farm shop.” (Loved by Mumsnet user Cheshire1973)
Discover the enchanting 'Palace of Palaces' nestled in the heart of Greater London, Osterley Park and House, and get ready for an Easter adventure your family won't soon forget! Built in the 16th Century, this stunning country estate is encircled by ornamental formal gardens and acres of lush parkland.
During your Easter trail, make your way along the trail and find poetry-themed, nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Accessible by the Piccadilly Line, Osterley Park is the perfect spot to spend the Easter holidays between 1st to 16th April.
3. Easter adventures at Tyntesfield, Bristol
Tyntesfield, © National Trust Images / James Dobson | Find out more
“There's a few National Trusts around Bristol. Tyntesfield had an amazing outdoor play.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user SquashedFlyBiscuit)
Discover a magical Easter adventure at Tyntesfield in North Somerset, just a stone's throw away from the bustling city of Bristol. Surrounded by 540 acres of historic woodland, this National Trust property boasts a striking Gothic Revival house and offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable day out with the family.
Join in on the Easter trail with a twist as you explore the Victorian-inspired nature games and activities. Spend the day exploring the beautiful grounds, spotting local wildlife and enjoying the fresh air.
But the fun doesn't stop there! From 1st to 16th April, Tyntesfield offers the most family-friendly facilities yet, including three play areas for children of different ages and a den-building village to inspire their imaginations.
4. Easter adventures at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
The lake & Chapel at Clumber Park, © Steve Bradley | Find out more
“My favourite place in the world is Clumber Park (Nottinghamshire) - it’s more of a park than a property, so better in good weather.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user EnglishGirlApproximately)
For those of you in or near Nottinghamshire, we’d recommend driving to Clumber Park for their Easter adventures at the Discovery Centre. From 1st to 16th April, their Easter trail will be open from 9.30am to 3.30pm, providing an entire day of excitement and activities for the whole family. Be sure to dress your little ones in clothes you don't mind getting muddy in for this fun-filled day.
On arrival, you will receive your trail pack (bunny ears, trail sheet, pencil and egg). There will be a wide range of activities, from Easter Bunny’s Sports Day to Wild Art, to keep your children entertained throughout the day. And there's something for everyone, as there is even a different trail for the adults to follow! While Clumber Park is a park rather than a property, there are still plenty of things to see, like the Lime Tree Avenue, Ornamental Bridge, and Chapel. Take the time to explore the beautiful surroundings and make some unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
5. Easter trail at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Chedworth Roman Villa, ©National Trust Images/James Dobson | Find out more
“I really like Chedworth Roman Villa - understated but amazing and National Trust.” (Rated by Mumsnetter SummerSazz)
Step back in time this Easter and discover the wonders of Chedworth Roman Villa. This historical building is not just one of the largest Roman villas in Britain, but also one of the grandest. With its stunning mosaics, bathhouses, and even a water shrine, you'll feel like you've stepped into a different world. And that's not all - their Victorian Museum boasts an impressive collection of archaeological artefacts found on site, giving visitors a glimpse into the fascinating history of this ancient villa.
For an Easter adventure that will exercise both your body and mind, we highly recommend joining their trail from 1st to 10th April. With the help of friendly staff and volunteers, children will go on a journey back in time and experience life in a grand Roman villa. From games and puzzles to a live history lesson and even a chance to be a real archaeologist, this event is history in action with an exciting Easter twist.
6. Easter egg hunts at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Attingham Park, © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus | Find out more
“Attingham Park in Shropshire is fabulous…” (Rated by PeachQueen)
“Attingham Park is worth a look, it's a lovely day out and some nice walks around the estate.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Squidgee)
Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, is very popular with Mumsnetters and locals, so be aware it can get very busy at peak times. However, if that isn’t a sign that a place is worth visiting, we don’t know what is.
Built in the 18th century, the regency mansion is surrounded by 200 acres of parkland where you can spot deer, enjoy their natural play area and take long walks through miles of woodland. It is accessible for buggies, and children under five with balance bikes are welcome to bring them, too!
This Mumsnet favourite location in Shropshire is offering egg hunt opportunities from 25th March to 16th April, and no booking is required. You’ll receive your trail pack for £3 before embarking on a route filled with nature-inspired activities that both children and adults can enjoy as you explore the beautiful grounds of Attingham Park.
7. Easter adventures in Lyme, Cheshire
Lyme, Cheshire, ©National Trust Images/Robert Morris | Find out more
“Lyme Park in Cheshire is lovely and also has a Wardrobe Department so you can dress in period costume (adults as well as children!)” (Recommended by Mumsnetter 5foot5)
Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme was once home to the Legh family, and in its heyday, was a great sporting estate. These days, this National Trust site is a 1,400 acre estate that is home to a medieval herd of red deer alongside hundreds of other animal species and insects.
For Easter this year, from 1st to 16th April, make sure you grab your wellies and your £3 trail pack to hunt around the garden for Easter games and things to do. Discover what’s in bloom in the estate’s elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC’s Pride of Prejudice.
Once you’ve completed the Easter trail, don’t miss a chance to visit the house to step back in time to the Regency era. There’s also the Timber Yard Cafe that offers snacks and cakes, whilst the Refreshment Kiosk in the car park offers grab and go drinks and ice creams… Both are great places to wind down for a post-trail treat together.
8. Easter egg hunt at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Lanhydrock, © National Trust Images/John Millar | Find out more
“Relatives thoroughly recommend Lanhydrock in the South West.” (Suggested by Mumsnetter ineedaholidaynow)
“Lanhydrock House near Bodmin lovely old bits and fascinating insight into Victorian life.” (Loved by Mumsnet user DefConOne)
For Easter fun in Cornwall, head to Lanhydrock, where they have over two weeks' worth of activities planned from the 1st to 16th April. With something for kids of all ages, it's the perfect destination for families looking for some holiday fun.
For £3 collect your trail sheet, pencil and bunny ears before heading over to the House of Games, also known as the transformed Old Thatched Cottage. But don't forget to wear sensible footwear and bring waterproofs, as Spring weather in the UK - as we all know - can be unpredictable.
At Lanhydrock House, you'll find Olympic-style games, face painting, competitions, and a chance to explore the house and learn how the Victorians celebrated Easter.
But that's not all! Treat yourself to a sweet cream tea at the Stables Tea Room or a sandwich at the Park Cafe, and let the kids run off some energy at the children's play area. Or bring a picnic and a football and enjoy the acres of parkland for some outdoor fun and games. Just be sure to keep an eye out for grazing cattle and sheep…
9. Easter adventures at Dyffryn Gardens, Wales
Children play at Dyffryn Gardens, ©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra | Find out more
“Dyffryn Gardens is an NT property fairly close again makes for a great day out.” (Recommended by Lavendersquare)
Looking for a peaceful and family-friendly location to spend your Easter break in Wales? Look no further than Dyffryn Gardens, just a short distance from Cardiff. With 55 acres of stunning gardens and woodland, Dyffryn Gardens is the perfect place to explore and unwind.
Two exciting log stack play areas await children, while adults can relax with a picnic on the lush lawns or indulge in delicious cakes and sandwiches at the café. And with dogs welcome all year round in the gardens, your furry friends are welcome to join in the fun too!
For an extra special Easter adventure, a family-friendly trail is available for £3 (normal admission applies) from 1st to 11th April. Suitable for everyone aged two to twelve, the trail includes ten fun outdoor activities to enjoy from dress-up to guessing games and is the perfect way to make the most of your school holidays at Dyffryn Gardens.
10. Easter adventures at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
Castle Ward, Northern Ireland, © National Trust / Elaine Hill | Find out more
Be an Easter explorer at Castle Ward this April! Embrace your inner explorer when you discover the world at Castle Ward this spring, and make your way along the trail with your trail pack to find nature-inspired activities for the whole family.
Explore the estate, just as the Ward’s did, as you discover exotic plants, animals, foods, and collections from all around the world. Find and complete the 10 activities that are hiding along the Easter trail, like run like a squirrel and feed Bertha the bear.
Once you’ve completed your trail, view real collections in the Mansion, then head to the theatre for Easter crafts, storytelling, and shadow puppetry (note: only available 8th to 11th April).
The Easter trail itself is running between 1st and 17th April, from 10am to 4pm, so make sure you don’t miss the chance to explore the beautiful trails and gardens of Castle Ward.
Is a National Trust membership worth it?
“A National Trust membership can pretty much pay for itself with a well-planned trip to the Lakes, Northumberland or Northern Ireland.” IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads
Across the forums, Mumsnet users answer this question with a resounding yes. The cost of a family of four visiting a National Trust site can be around £35 on average for just one visit, so paying the membership fee is a no-brainer. The prices are:
Family membership with two adults
Two adults (Aged 18+) living at the same address and their children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free.
- £146.40 a year
- £12.20 a month
Family members with one adult
One adult (Aged 18+) and their children or grandchildren (17 or under). Under 5s go free.
- £91.20 a year
- £7.60 a month
For individual memberships, for adults aged 26 years and above, the price is £84 a year (£7 a month), young people aged 18 to 25 years old is £42 a year, and for juniors aged 5 to 17 years old, it’s £10 a year. Under 5s go free.
Lastly, lifetime memberships are available and although a higher price upfront, Mumsnetters swear that it’s a great investment in the long run. As Mumsnet user Ragwort admits, “My DH got Lifetime Membership for his 21st, he added me to it when we got married... We are now in our 60s so have had incredible value from it.”
No matter what membership option you choose, you get entry to 500 properties (check out our guide to the best National Trust places for more ideas), plus free parking and access to several guides, magazines and online resources for information and inspiration.
Where to find the best National Trust Easter trails and egg hunts near me?
The best way to find the best National Trust Easter trails near you is by using the National Trust Find an Easter Egg Trail feature on their website. You can narrow your search by area and category, such as family-friendly or active outdoors.
Are National Trust properties family-friendly?
Absolutely, the National Trust actively encourages families to get outdoors, get involved and learn about the historical and natural places in their area by offering plenty of children-centred events, activities and on-site facilities. From play parks to mazes, there is something to entertain your youngest to your oldest.
For more information, check out our Mumsnet guide to the best National Trust places for families to see which ones Mumsnetters rated.
Are National Trust properties dog-friendly?
A new paw print rating system has been added to the website and handbook. Dogs are welcome across the majority of National Trust properties, but not all. So, it is always worth checking their policy before you travel.
How many National Trust properties are there?
There are over 500 National Trust places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can find a full list of their locations here.
About the National Trust
The National Trust is a charity founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwick Rawnsley to conserve and protect buildings, gardens, collections and parkland that are integral to our nation’s heritage.
Today, they take care of properties and places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, supported by the millions of members, volunteers, staff and donors who help the charity preserve our history and natural spaces.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of the job that the National Trust does cannot be understated. The National Trust is for everyone, and by encouraging families to get outside this Spring with their 190 unique Easter trails, it is the perfect opportunity for children to learn about the UK’s long and illustrious history and experience the abundance of native flora and fauna.