A day out to a National Trust property is always fun and Grey’s Court near Henley is no exception. There is a beautiful house, extensive gardens and a huge woodland estate to roam around.
Grey’s Court Walks
With younger children the walk from the carpark to the house and play area is beautiful with lovely views across the Chiltern Hills. For older children, there are fantastic longer routes through the Beech Woods surrounding the estate. There is a 1.2km loop and a more adventurous 3km loop. There are stunning bluebell walks here towards the end of April.
Grey’s Court Playground
There isn’t a ‘traditional’ playground but there are lots of play areas which are great fun for children. Walk through the magical wisteria tunnel to reach the play spaces. The Greys Fort play area has been moved since I wrote this review originally so it’s now near the Cowshed tea-room. I hope to be back soon and will include my updated photos then. My kids also loved just running round the maze-like tracks by the sun dial.
Fairy Door Trail
There is also a fairy door trail with doors dotted around the estate – pick up the trail map from the Visitor Reception by the car park.
Grey’s Court House
The house is a Tudor mansion with free-flow visits from 1pm. They usually have a
children’s activity running. For example, at the moment they have a conservation dice game, where children can learn more about how the house is looked after.
Grey’s Court Cafe
The Cowshed tearoom serves a selection of soup, sandwiches, tea and cakes.