During our recent holiday to Devon, to paid a visit to National Trust Killerton. We have had National Trust membership as a family for two years now. It’s great to visit new places when on holiday, they always offer big open spaces for little ones to run off steam.
Killerton was only a 15 minute drive from where we were staying, so off we headed on Sunday afternoon to explore the estate. Our visit was in the middle of February, however we were lucky as it was a mild and bright, sunny day.
We decided to head off to explore Killerton House first. Inside they had a children’s trail to find hidden mice in each of the rooms. I must agree the mice were very well hidden and it took all of us some time to find them.
After exploring the beautifully decorated rooms, we headed off to see more of the gardens and grounds. There were a number of trails around the grounds to follow. We chose to follow a path that did a loop around some of the higher gardens, before ending at the chapel within the grounds.
Unlike some other National Trust properties we have visited, Killerton had great paths around the gardens. It was easy to navigate the pushchair, well apart from some rather steep hills to go up. As we have had a mild Spring there were already lots of beautiful flowers starting to appear, such as Snowdrops and Daffodils, they looked beautiful in the sunshine.
There is only a very small children’s play area at Killerton, however there are plenty other things for little ones to enjoy. Mini found plenty of logs to balance along and trees to climb. There were also lots of swings hanging from various tress around the park. Mini and I managed to climb onto one, without falling off, to admire the beautiful views over the gardens.
As we had already eaten we took a quick stop at the café for a drink and for me to feed Baby Mack. Unfortunately the service was pretty slow and it took quite some time for our drinks to arrive. We were kindly offered to transfer them into take out cups as Mini was eager to get outside and run around again.
Our trail ended at the chapel at the far end of the estate, it had beautiful stained glass windows inside which looked gorgeous with the sun coming through. According to my health monitor on my phone we had clocked up over 5000 steps exploring Killerton. It was so lovely to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and admiring the beauty of nature around us. National Trust Killerton was a great property to visit and there were plenty more grounds that we didn’t have chance to explore. If we are in the area again we will definitely pop back to explore the rest.