Have a go at building a den in the Plantation.
Delightful Arts & Crafts family home, set in beautiful gardens. Famed for its colourful Morris & Co interiors (founded by the artist and designer William Morris), the house appears just as it would have done in the 1920s. There is plenty here to entertain children, including:
* House Trail - can you spot the 12 birds hidden around the house?
* Unlock your inner artist using the light boxes in the Butler's Pantry to
trace and colour your own William Morris inspired designs
* Explore the new natural play area (opening Autumn 2019)
* Discover the 'Little Room', where young children used to play
* Identify the produce growing in the beautiful kitchen garden
* Additional events for children are often run during school holidays (there
is generally a small charge for these). Click here for more information.
Free for National Trust members and children under 5 years
W Hoathly Rd, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE
Parking inclusive of admission charge
Summer: Gardens 10am-5pm, House 11am-4.30pm. Winter: Gardens 10am-4pm, House 11am-3.30pm
In addition to the house and 12 acres of formal gardens, there are 80 acres of ancient meadow and woodlands to explore too. A map of short self-guided walks around the estate can be collected from Visitor Reception. For uninterrupted views across to Weir Wood reservoir and the Ashdown Forest, head up to the top of the garden.
Standen's grounds are partly accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. The accessible route around the grounds is shown in a map which can be collected from Visitor Reception.
Well behaved dogs (on short leads) are allowed in the formal gardens and dogs can also be exercised (on lead) in the wider estate. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the house.
Although the ground floor of the house is wheelchair accessible, there are many stairs (with a handrail) to the first floor and no lift. Pushchairs are not allowed in the house at all (there is a covered area where they can be left). If possible, we recommend bringing a baby carrier instead of a pushchair, so that your exploration of the house and grounds is not limited.
The Barn Cafe serves hot and cold meals, snacks and refreshments. A children's menu and microwave for heating baby food is available. Alternatively, bing a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. On sunny days, grab one of the deckchairs on Goose Green to relax in whilst the children play. Or head to the Main Lawn for a game of croquet.
Please note, it is necessary to pay/show your National Trust card on vehicle entry to Standen.
*Work on the new natural play area was still underway when we visited in late September. We suggest phoning in advance of your visit to check it is open.