National Trust Adventures at Tyntesfield, North Somerset


This year for Christmas as a family we received passes to National Trust for the year, with the plan to use them on weekends at home but also when we were away too. Recently during our Easter holiday stay in Cheddar Woods, we visited Tyntesfield property in North Somerset, not far from Bristol.

It was a bright sunny day in the Easter holidays so lots of other people had the same idea, which meant we had to queue a while to get into the car park. However, once inside the grounds it really didn’t feel busy at all.


Entrance was included with our passes although we chose to pay extra from Mini to do the Easter trail. She was given a map with activities to do at various locations, such as reading a book or colouring a picture. The trail was well thought out and was more involved than others we’d done that week. Sadly some of the activities hadn’t been looked after and were unusable.

The Tyntesfield estate was large and sprawling, they even ran a little shuttle bus around the site for those that needed it. The house itself stands proudly in the middle of the estate and has its own chapel attached. We could have explored the house as part of our annual pass but decided as it was such a lovely day to spend the time outside instead.


We found a lovely play area which Mini enjoyed exploring. It also happened to be right next to the café so Mr Mack and I indulged in a spot of tea and cake whilst she played, we were on holiday after all. Not all National Trust properties have a children’s play area, and some have a more natural woodland play area. Tyntesfield also has an even bigger children’s play area than the one we found but we didn’t realise until we were leaving and it was at the other end of the estate, hidden in the woods. We will make sure we explore that if we go back again. Mini didn’t mind too much as she was happy exchanging her trail map for a Easter egg.


After our tea and cake stop we had a slow walk back through the estate towards the car park. It was lovely to appreciate the gardens and beautiful flowers. Mini was more interested in running around in the free open space, which is the great thing about National Trust properties, they encourage  children to explore the spaces freely.


We all enjoyed our afternoon at Tyntesfield and feel that there would be plenty more to explore if we visited again including a tour of the house and the hidden play area in the woods.

To find up to date ticket price and opening hours visit the Tyntesfield website here.

If you are looking for other family friendly activities to do in Somerset we also visited and would recommend the following attractions:

The Wild Place Project

We The Curious Museum

Wookey Hole Caves 

Country Kids



  1. May 30, 2018 / 6:53 am

    I think we will have to pay a visit here! Thanks for the heads-up on the play area (a much appreciated feature for my two!)

    • mommamack15
      May 30, 2018 / 7:07 am

      Hope you have a fab day if you go. Yes it’s a shame we didn’t find the other play area as apparently it’s much bigger than the one we did find, although further away from the tea and cake 🙂

  2. June 1, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Sound like a lovely place to visit and a perfect place for kids to run around. I love that they have a little shuttle bus running over at the estate too. How handy!

    • mommamack15
      June 1, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      I was tempted to use it but thought I’d better walk off the cake instead

  3. Wherejogoes
    June 3, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    We live a few minutes away from Tyntesfield so it’s our local NT property I think there isn’t an inch of it we haven’t explored! There’s always something new to see and they do good children’s trails. We’ve enjoyed watching the development of the property over the years since it was acquired, it has such a fascinating history. #CountryKids

    • mommamack15
      June 3, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      How lucky to have such a lovely place to explore so close to you

  4. June 3, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    It’s so majestic looking! Play area sounds perfect too! Will definitely visit if we’re even in the area!

    • mommamack15
      June 3, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Hope you enjoy your visit if you do get to go 😊

  5. June 4, 2018 / 8:36 am

    It looks gorgeous there. I love visiting National Trust properties we haven’t been since last year as our passes have run out. I keep meaning to renew it as they are such good value. Sarah

    • mommamack15
      June 4, 2018 / 8:52 am

      I think when ours run out at Christmas I’ll move to doing it on a monthly direct debit as it doesn’t work out much that way

  6. June 4, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    We love this National Trust, stopped on our way to Cornwall years ago when our eldest was 9 months. Thanks for bringing back some sweet memories with your lovely pics, one can never go wrong with National Trust!

    • mommamack15
      June 4, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Glad it bought back happy memories for you, hoping we can carry on building our family memories with our national trust membership

  7. June 6, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    We always try and hunt out a National Trust property where ever we go and we’ve visited here before! It’s a lovely estate with great grounds to walk around x #CountryKids

    • mommamack15
      June 6, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      That’s what we’re trying to do too and find lots of new ones to explore

  8. June 6, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Somerset has some great attractions and this National Trust property definitely looks like one of them. How annoying to discover the second play area just as you were leaving, definitely a reason to return. Going at Easter with the Easter Egg trail is always a bonus, it has become a tradition at all their sites I think. I always think it is a sign of getting older when you appreciate the gardens and flowers while kids just love the freedom and space.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely Easter day out at #CountryKids

    • mommamack15
      June 8, 2018 / 9:24 am

      We’ve done a few Easter egg hunts now at NT properties, Mini always loves the chance to run around in the open space

  9. June 7, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    We’ve yet to really explore Somerset but this sounds like a good place to visit. It’s a shame that some of the activities were unusable. #CountryKids

    • mommamack15
      June 8, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Sadly I think it had just been really busy over the Easter period and they hadn’t been replenished, we made the most of the ones we could do though

  10. June 8, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Looks like you had a great day & of course tea & cake is a must #countrykids

    • mommamack15
      June 8, 2018 / 9:27 am

      NT always do a good slice of cake 🙂

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