As part of the preparation for our 20 years celebrations, our Chinese Bronzes and Women’s Library collections will be closed from Monday 26 February, reopening with the rest of our new season on Thursday 21 March.

Grounds Trails at Compton Verney

If you’re a regular visitor to Compton Verney, you’ll know something of the diversity the landscape holds. There’s establishing flower borders near the chapel, a long-established woodland garden known as the ice house coppice, acres of wild flower parkland and lawns aplenty. However, have you heard of the family activity trails to help you explore some of that landscape?

Here are three of the trails available to help your family explore the outside environment at Compton Verney – all available on those shelves in the gallery until 14 December.


Choose from:

Explorer Nature Trail (recommended for ages 3+)
Use our tools to explore the grounds, searching for insects, birds and animals. Pack includes binoculars, insect magnifier and animal guides.


Talking Buildings (recommended for ages 7+)

Become a building detective and take a tour of our Robert Adam and Capability Brown architecture. Did you know for instance that our grounds feature an obelisk, an ice house and a sphinx bridge?

Talking Buildings

Moore Rodin trail
A brand new trail to guide you around the Moore Rodin exhibition and help you explore the sculptures. Available Tues 15 April – Sun 31 August.


There is of course plenty more besides, and our standard grounds plan is available from the ticket lodge with information and direction for art in the grounds, family play areas and some of our most distinctive trees. The plan also illustrates easy access footpaths and for the more adventurous – our mown footpath around the east park meadow. 

All in all, a great and very different layer to the already amazing content available within the galleries – do ask about the tours, and do remember to post a photo of your grounds exploration on twitter @ComptonVerney #CVGrounds  via facebook, or you can even join the Compton Verney Grounds Flickr group and upload to there!

Visiting information available via Compton Verney website