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Family visits

Compton Verney is delighted to welcome visitors with children. Whatever the weather, we can offer something for every member of your family to enjoy. From our children's adventure playgroundwillow tunnels and nature trails to all-weather explorer backpacks and arty activities every school holiday there's always plenty to capture the imagination, stimulate the mind and keep your children happy and interested.

Compton Verney's commitment to families was recognised last year when we were long-listed for the Telegraph Kids in Museums Award.

Indoor activities

  • Our discovery room offers a range of books and activities to help you and your family find out more about our collections and exhibitions.
  • Our free all-weather family backpacks are a great way for you and your children to explore the Compton Verney collections together. Discover five different packs for various ages at the Family Unit.

Outdoor Activities

  • Pick up one of four free grounds trails and explore the 120 acres of Compton Verney’s parkland with fun hands on activities for children and adults to enjoy together. 
  • Explore Nature's Art Box on the south lawn and get creative in the grounds using natural materials to make your very own land art.
  • Climb, swing and explore in our children's adventure playground or hide away in the willow tunnels.

School holidays

During the school holidays we offer plenty of arty activities that are suitable for all ages. Whether it's half term, the summer holiday or winter break there are a whole host of things to do.  Most require no booking, so all you have to do is turn up and join in. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our What’s On pages, or receive regular updates when you sign up to the Compton Verney families e-bulletin.


Restaurant and Café

Our Restaurant offers a range of child friendly food options, including lunch boxes and little portions of main meals for little people. We also provide infant lunches for babies aged 6 months plus and are happy to warm bottles for you. During bank holidays, school holidays and weekends our Café serves a selection of snacks and sandwiches. Highchairs are provided in both the Restaurant and Café. Muddy wellies always welcome.

Family friendly facilities

Baby-changing and feeding facilities are available on the ground floor. Hipseats are available from the Ticket Desk for carrying children aged 6 months to 3 years. All galleries are accessible to prams and pushchairs with lifts to all floors.

 Season Pass

If you're planning on visiting us more than twice this year then it's worth purchasing a Season Pass. This allows unlimited entry to our collections and grounds during our open season. It costs just £5 for a child, £16 for an adult or £32 for a family of two adults and up to four children. You can buy on site from the shop or ticket desk or save money by buying online. (Online prices are £5 for a child, £12 for an adult or £24 for a family)

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