Our 10 Favourite Family-Friendly Castles


Looking for fun weekend ideas? Visit a castle with your family.

We have rounded up the best family-friendly castles to visit where your children can feel like kings and queens and enjoy a fun day out.

With the lockdown restrictions being slowly lifted by the government, we can now spend more time making the most of what the country has to offer. More and more castles will now be reopening to the public while prioritising the safety of their visitors and staff. Plan your visit and follow government guidelines before your day out.

Have a look at our favourite family-friendly castles to visit in the UK with your little ones.

1) Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. In 2019, it celebrated its 900th anniversary and it is one of our favourite family-friendly castles to visit with little ones. There is lots to do for children – discover the 12-hole adventure golf course with its miniature Leeds Castle, explore the beautiful gardens, have fun at one of the fantastic adventure playgrounds or visit the Bird of Prey Centre. If your little ones get hungry, head for a snack to the Maze Café. The Castle, Dog Collar Museum and some other attractions are still closed, but there will be more openings in the next few weeks.

Opening hours: every day from 10am to 6pm

Price: Adult £27, child £18.50, children under 4 – free. Click here to book online.

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2) Barrington Court, Somerset

Restored in the 1920s, this beautiful Tudor manor house with farm buildings, flowers and orchards is well worth visiting. Explore the garden with your little ones, visit the rooms and finish your visit with a cuppa and a snack from the takeaway kiosk. The house, parkland, garden, takeaway cafe and toilets at Barrington Court are now open.

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

Price: Adult £10, child £5. Click here to book online.

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3) Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

This 15th-century castle is one of the oldest brick buildings in England. Surrounded by 300 acres of woodland with gorgeous themed gardens, the castle is the perfect place for a family day out. Immerse yourself in the medieval times and spend a lovely day out with your little kings and queens. There are currently no castle tours, but there is still so much to do around the castle. Discover the wonderful gardens set within 300 acres of woodland and recharge your batteries in the beautiful surroundings.

Opening hours: daily 10am to 7pm

Price: Adult £7, child £3.50, children under 4 – free. Click here to book online.

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4) Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, will be welcoming visitors again from 23 July (remember to book your tickets online beforehand). There is plenty to do with children. Download a family activity trail, before your visit to make sure you make the most of it. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful family day out!

Opening hours: daily 10am to 5.15pm (last admission 4pm)

Price: Adult £23.50, child £13.50, children under 5 – free. Click here to book online.

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5) Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

Tintagel Castle is set on Cornwall’s north coast. Linked with the legend of King Arthur, it is the perfect place to visit with children. Discover the Tintagel Castle Bridge and cross onto Tintagel Island (while following social distancing rules), explore the island walk, visit Tintagel Castle Beach & Merlin’s Cave and have a takeaway snack from the café kiosk at the end of your visit.

Opening hours: daily 10am to 5pm

Price: Adult from £14.50, child from £8.70. Click here to book online.

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6) Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

The beautiful Bodiam Castle is one of our favourite family-friendly castles in the UK, perfect to visit with children. Although the castle remains closed, you can visit the beautiful grounds surrounding the castle and go for a family walk. Treat your brave explorers to a delicious snack at the Castle View café before leaving (takeaway only).

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm

Price: Adult £5, child £2.50. Click here to book online.

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7) Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

One of the most popular castles in the UK, Warwick Castle is a must-see. Originally built by William the Conqueror, it’s now a major family attraction offering lots of fun activities for children of all ages. There are plenty of things to do with 64 acres of gardens to visit and towers and ramparts to explore.

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm

Price: From £20. Click here to book online.

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8) Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire

This wonderful 14th-century castle provides plenty of fun activities for children. Make sure to visit the beautiful gardens and the Tea Room (open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) before you leave.

Opening hours: daily 10am to 5pm

Price: Adult £9 (gardens only £4.50). Children £7.50 (gardens only £3.50). Click here to book online.

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9)  Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Set in the heart of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh Castle is great for a family day out and will be reopening for the visitors on 1 August. Visit the Royal Palace rooms where kings and queens used to live, discover the oldest Crown jewels in Britain and see the Stone of Destiny – an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy.

Opening hours: 9.30am to 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Price: Adult from £17.50. Children from £10.50. Click here to book online.

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10) Mountfitchet Castle, Essex

Visit Mountfitchet Castle and travel back in time. Walk around the Norman village hidden behind the castle walls (bring a waterproof kids’ jacket just in case), hand feed rescued animals and enjoy an exciting day out with your little ones.

Opening hours: daily 10am to 5pm

Price: Adult £12. Children from £10.