Sizergh National Trust Review

As a parent with two energetic kids, Barney and Matilda, I’m always on the lookout for family-friendly attractions that offer a perfect blend of fun, education, and natural beauty.  Sizergh ticked all the boxes and exceeded our expectations! 

Our recent pleasure of visiting Sizergh National Trust, left us with wonderful memories and a longing to return. Just a short distance from Kendal, this enchanting destination offers a countryside charm that is truly captivating. With its breathtaking countryside charm, a captivating mediaeval house, and gardens, creates the perfect backdrop for an enchanting day out for the families.

In this review, I’ll take you on our adventure at Sizergh and share why it’s an absolute must-visit for families seeking a memorable day out.

Where is it located?

Sizergh National Trust is located in the heart of the lovely county of Cumbria, England, just a stone’s throw away from Kendal. As we ventured towards this countryside haven, we were immediately captivated by the breathtaking surroundings. From lush woodlands to sprawling farmlands and enchanting gardens, the setting alone is enough to captivate your imagination.

History of Sizergh and the Medieval House

But what truly makes Sizergh special is its rich history. The mediaeval house, lovingly known as Sizergh Castle, has stood proud for over 750 years, acting as the cherished family home of the Strickland family since the 13th century. Stepping into this historical treasure feels like stepping back in time, and your little knights and princesses will be in awe of the grandeur that awaits them.

As we ventured through the imposing doors of Sizergh Castle, we were transported into a world of knights and nobles. The intricate Elizabethan carved overmantels immediately caught our attention, and we couldn’t help but imagine the stories behind each piece of art. Barney and Matilda were wide-eyed as we strolled past ancient family portraits, admiring the detailed heraldry and antique furnishings that adorned the rooms.

The highlight for the kids was undoubtedly the chance to immerse themselves in history. As we regaled them with tales of yesteryears, their imagination ran wild. I could almost see the gears turning in their minds as they envisioned knights in shining armour and graceful princesses gracing the halls of Sizergh Castle. It was a history lesson like no other, where education seamlessly blended with fun.

What is there to do?

There’s so much to do at Sizergh National Trust that it’s hard to know where to start! Sizergh offers a wide range of activities that cater to the interests of every family member. Let’s dive into some of the highlights:

The Wild Trail: A Nature-Filled Adventure:

When it comes to keeping the little ones entertained, Sizergh truly knows how to hit the mark. The Wild Trail, with its interactive elements and abundance of natural wonders, quickly became our family’s favourite activity. This exhilarating adventure trail allowed them to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature while burning off some youthful energy. They hopped from one log to another, traversed a mini woodland quarry, and even discovered a thrilling tree swing. 

But it wasn’t just about the physical adventure. The Wild Trail also served as an excellent educational tool, teaching Barney and Matilda about the local flora and fauna. We spotted curious squirrels darting among the trees, adorable rabbits hopping in the distance, and an array of bird species adding their melodious songs to the symphony of nature. It was a sensory delight, and the kids couldn’t get enough.

The Children’s Scallop Trail: A Scavenger Hunt with a Historical Twist:

The Children’s Scallop Trail is a cleverly designed activity that invites the little ones to engage with the outdoors while unravelling the history of Sizergh. Following the footprints of the scallops, the family crest symbol of the Stricklands, we embarked on an enchanting scavenger hunt around the garden.

As we searched for the stone markers with engraved scallop footprints, the kids felt like true adventurers on a quest. Barney and Matilda loved following the footprints and discovering the hidden treasures around the garden. Each discovery unveiled a fascinating tidbit of history, allowing them to piece together the story of the Strickland family while exploring the stunning garden. It was a perfect mix of education and excitement, and the smiles on our kid’s faces were priceless.

Tranquil Walks: Exploring Nature’s Wonders:

Sometimes, it’s nice to slow down and soak in the beauty of nature. Sizergh offers a range of picturesque walks that will make your heart sing. As we embarked on one of these walks, we found ourselves immersed in a world of natural wonders. The diversity of wildlife was awe-inspiring, and we had our camera ready to capture the beauty that surrounded us.

The natural play area, built into the woods, was a highlight for Matilda, who was six years old at the time of our visit. She loved exploring the area and playing on the swings and slides.


Sizergh National Trust understands that comfort and convenience are key when exploring with the family. They provide a range of facilities to ensure your visit goes smoothly:

The Cozy Café: A Tasty Treat For Everyone:

After all that adventure, it’s time to refuel! The cosy café at Sizergh has a menu bursting with delicious, locally sourced food that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal or a sweet treat, the café has got you covered.

Baby Changing Facilities and Toilets

Mums, dads, and little ones rejoice! Sizergh understands that comfort and convenience are key when exploring with the family. That’s why they provide baby changing facilities and clean toilets for those emergency pit stops or nappy changes.

Souvenirs and Delightful Finds:

Before you leave this magical place, make sure to stop by the shop! It’s a treasure trove filled with local artisan crafts, delightful children’s toys, and enchanting books. You might find the perfect souvenir to remember your visit or a special gift for someone back home.

Would you recommend it?

Without a shadow of a doubt! Sizergh National Trust offers an unrivalled day out for families seeking adventure, history, and natural beauty. From the captivating mediaeval house to the interactive trails and the tranquil walks, every moment spent at Sizergh is an opportunity to create cherished memories.

As Barney and Matilda experienced firsthand, Sizergh ignites the imagination, nurtures a love for nature, and fosters a deeper appreciation for history. It’s a place where families can bond, learn, and have a whole lot of fun. So grab your camera, gather your loved ones, and embark on an extraordinary journey to Sizergh National Trust—you won’t be disappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cafe?:

Yes, Sizergh boasts a delightful café that offers a variety of hot and cold meals, as well as a selection of drinks and snacks. Whether you’re in need of a quick bite or fancy a leisurely meal, the café has you covered. Sit back, relax, and indulge in some delicious treats to refuel before continuing your Sizergh adventure.

What is your favourite part?:

Sizergh has so much to offer that it’s hard to pick just one favourite. But if I had to choose, it would be the Wild Trail. Picture Barney and Matilda’s excitement as they hopped across log stepping stones, their laughter echoing through the mini woodland quarry, and the pure joy on their faces as they swung on a tree swing. It’s an adventure that combines fun, learning, and the great outdoors, making it a winner in our book!

Is it suitable for Dog walkers?

Absolutely! Sizergh National Trust welcomes dog walkers with open arms. However, it’s important to note that dogs must be kept on leads in certain areas, especially during bird breeding season. So, bring along your furry friends, explore the beautiful grounds together, and let them revel in the sights, scents, and sounds of Sizergh.

How much is it?

Admission prices vary depending on age and membership status, so it’s always a good idea to check the official National Trust website for the most up-to-date information. They’ll have all the details you need to plan your visit and ensure you have a fantastic day out without any financial surprises

Pros & Cons


  • The Wild Trail is carefully thought out.
  • Excellent range of food.


  • Expensive for non-members
  • Smaller than some National Trust sites.

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Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Ryan

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