CASTLE ASHBY GARDENS: Given that entrance is free during the winter, and you just pay £4 to park, it really is well worth a visit to Castle Ashby Gardens particularly if you have little ones who are quite happy to explore. Ideally though visit ASAP before the end of October because there’s a few more things! At the entrance there is a lovely little play area with a climbing frame, castle, slide and caterpillar to climb on. Wander into the gardens and you soon come across a menagerie of animals. There are meerkats, marmosets, giant rabbits, budgies and ducks. Although the marmosets and giant rabbits were sleeping when we went.
Castle Ashby is the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton and the gardens are truly stunning. They’re a combination of several styles including the Italian Gardens, Orangery and Arboretum. Toddler was quite happy walking around and finding sticks and leaves as well as searching for big fish! There’s a pumpkin hunt event on 22nd Oct – 30th Oct 2016 £2.50 for each child. Dogs are allowed but in the formal gardens they must be on a lead.
ADDRESS – Castle Ashby, Northampton, NN7 1LQ
TIME FROM MK – 30 mins (approx)