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 woodland adventure play areawillow 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 has been recognised by being long-listed twice for the Telegraph Kids in Museums Award.

Complete any of our family activity packs or trails and collect a stamp for your Children’s University Passport at the shop.  Our Gallery activity packs include
– Percy the pig for 18 months – 3 years
– Dan the dog for ages 3+
– Connie and Verne’s little suitcase for ages 3+
– Hidden treasure for ages 6+
– Exploring through drawing for ages 10+ and adults.

Our Outside trails include Explorer nature trail for all ages, Talking buildings for ages 9+,  (Please note that ages are just a guide).


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Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park offers a great value day out for families.

There is a wide range of different ticket options available to suit families of all ages and different sizes.

Keeping children’s prices low

We want to encourage the next generation of art and landscape lovers so keep our prices for children low.  Under 5s are admitted free and children aged 5-15 are £3.

Offering great value

Our children’s tickets include access to our woodland adventure play area, pond dipping and all of our family activities including weekday Forest Schools, Arty holiday activities and trails.

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 to your inbox by signing up to the Compton Verney families e-bulletin.

Save money with membership

If you’re planning to keep coming back, our Collections and Park Annual Ticket is great value at £19 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. With this you and your family can enjoy 12 months unlimited access* to our family activities and collections in the gallery as well as all the Park has to offer.

Upgrade to a family silver membership for £56 and see all the exhibitions over the 12 months* too or save £8 if you sign up for Direct Debit.
*during our open season

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Welcome Centre – opening late April 2016

Our Welcome Centre staff are on hand and happy to help with any questions you have.


Fully accessible toilets are located in the Welcome Centre and on every floor of the gallery.

You will also find a step in the main gallery toilets to assist small children with hand washing at the sink.

Baby changing facilities

Baby-changing and feeding facilities are available on the ground floor and top floor (beyond the Marx-Lambert Collection) of the gallery.


All galleries are accessible to prams and pushchairs with lifts to all floors.There are lifts to all floors of the gallery


The cloakroom is available on the Ground Floor of the gallery.

  • You may leave buggies here, subject to space availability.
  • There are lockers for big bags and rucksacks to save you having to carry them


Benches are available in most of the gallery spaces.

Portable seating is also available from the racks in the stairwell.

The First Floor Discovery and Family Room has large comfy chairs and sofa’s if you wish to stop off and take time out.

Hipseats are available from the Ticket Desk for carrying children aged 6 months to 3 years.


Our newly restored ‘Capability’ Brown footpaths are great for buggy friendly walks with lots of nice spots for picnicking on the way.

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We aim to provide healthy, good-value food for our family visitors as we know that a visit to the Cafe or the Lawn Restaurant is an important part of your visit.

Family friendly places to eat
The Lawn Restaurant offers a range of child-friendly food options, including a children’s menu, lunch boxes and little portions of main meals for little people. We are also happy to warm bottles for you.

Our Café serves a selection of snacks and sandwiches.

Both the Lawn Restaurant and the Café have high chairs and unlimited tap water available.

The Welcome Centre Café will open late April and is a great place to grab a hot or cold drink and a snack whilst enjoying the pond dipping and bird watching in the Park or taking a break from adventures in the Woodland Play Area.



Start where you like… 

Outside or inside in any order.  Maybe let the little ones decide?  Although you might end up spending all day in the woodland adventure play area!

…take a map

Children like to use maps to find their way around we’re designed our new Park map to make it fun to explore all areas and find out what’s there.

Pick up a free trail or backpack

These will be available from our new Welcome Centre at the end of April or from the Family Unit at the bottom of the stairs in the gallery.  These helps children and families of all ages explore our collections and park.

Take your time

Feel free to stand or sit in front of a work of art as long as you like

Enjoy it!

You don’t need to be an expert to look at or talk about art.  It’s fine not to ‘get it’.  No-one will judge you.  Our Gallery Assistants and Interpreters are on hand to help if you have any questions.

Here are some questions that you can use together as a family to help you explore.

What do you think is happening in this work?

What is the smallest, largest, funniest, strangest work in this room?

What does this remind you of?

How does the work make you feel?

Make some noise

It’s OK to talk and make noise.

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