All in all, we really enjoyed our visit to Montacute house. 

This weekend we had another visit to a local National Trust property so this post is all about our visit to Montacute House.

We’re certainly making the most of our National Trust Passes at the moment and this weekend we travelled the thirty minutes to Montacute house, managing to avoid the bulk of the bank holiday traffic by visiting on Easter Sunday.

We live close to both the M5 and the A303 which while great for travel, can also make things difficult when it comes to getting stuck in traffic, especially during the summer six weeks holiday!

I also want to preface this post by mentioning the fact we didn’t go into the actual house in the occasion, mostly because it’s just not something our toddler is quite ready for yet.

However, we did have a lovely time exploring the grounds of Montacute House and participating in the Easter Egg trail.

Our Visit To Montacute House

As we’d chosen to visit on Easter Sunday, we knew Montacute would be very busy so we arrived just after 10 am. This was definitely a good idea as there was still plenty of car parking spaces and we didn’t have to queue for long to go in.

We chose to pay an extra £3 to take part in the Easter Trail which leads around the grounds of Montacute and then the children get to choose either an Easter Egg or an activity pack at the end. While we were happy to pay this, especially as our passes covered the cost of entry and parking, it could get expensive if you have a lot of children.

As we’d never been to Montacute before, the Easter Trail made a really nice way to explore the grounds and make sure we did miss anything. It also helped us ask lots of questions of our three year old and helped her to explore the things around her.

The house itself has a very large formal drive, although off to one side of this there is a lovely picnic area with lots of things for children to explore, including a huge carved totem, which we spent ages looking at.

Following on from this, there are three, formal landscaped gardens, the first of which has a large fountain which is filled with Koi Karp. Our little girl was absolutely fascinated with watching the fish and we spent about half an hour looking at them!

The next two gardens had large lawns and an array of colourful flowers, perfect for picnicking. We stopped at the Cafe for some ice creams and a coffee for my husband and sat in the courtyard which had plenty of tables but was rather chilly as most of them were in the shade.

After our little pitstop, we continued exploring in a small meadow-like area towards the rear of the house. Here there were some carved seats and lots of picnic benches as well as trees to provide shade.

This area also overlooked a field that was full of sheep, lambs, and cows. From this area, you can head through the gate and embark on one of several waymarked walks.

Other National Trust Posts

Lytes Cary Manor National Trust Visit

Our Visit To Stourhead National Trust

Lacock Abbey National Trust (Harry Potter Filming Locations)

Parkland At Montacute House

Having a little one with us we opted just to walk around the parkland and enjoy watching the lambs play. If it had been just the two of us, we definitely would have headed up St Micheals’s Hill for a longer walk.

Dotted around the parkland are these Horse Swings which our daughter absolutely loved (it was her favourite part of the day by far!).

When we finally persuaded her to get off, we headed back to the house to collect her Easter Egg and head home. All in spent around two and half hours exploring Montacute which didn’t include visiting inside the house or stopping for a picnic (we’d brought snacks but stop for a picnic as we’d had a huge breakfast!).

Would We Visit Montacute House Again?

Yes, we would visit again although probably not for a little while. Although our little girl did enjoy it, there wasn’t quite as much for her to see and do as there has been at some other National Trust properties we’ve visited, such as Tyntnesfield.

If we return again this year, it will probably be just my husband and me so we can take a tour of the house followed by that longer walk up to St Micheal’s Hill.

If you’re heading here on a potentially busy weekend, I’d definitely recommend arriving early as it was packed by the time we were leaving and cards we struggling to get parked.

All in all, we really enjoyed our visit to Montacute house.

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