On our recent Sussex jaunt we needed some downtime from a festival we were spending the weekend at and a quick Google led me to Groombridge Place, I weighed up all the attractions it had to offer and raided my purse, buying tickets for myself, Kitty and Ozzy.
As you drive up to Groombridge there's the wow factor of the splendid house and gardens but there's much, much more to the place that just those. It's perfect for families, with award winning gardens where you can gaze at beautiful plants whilst the children play giant wooden chess, falconry displays, giant swings in the woods, the Boardwalk Challenge (with aerial walkways, tunnels, rope swings and child’s zip wire), den building, teepees, gypsy caravans, adventure playground, canal boat rides, super soaker and nerf arenas and more to keep everyone entertained.
I was impressed at just how much there was to do and the children loved our time spent there. The grounds and forest are vast but the planning of the site means that children only have to walk a short distance before they discover something different and exciting. If you are in the area and are looking for something fun that caters for families of all ages I would recommend Groombridge Place without hesitation.
Children (3-12) £8.45
Senior Citizens £8.45
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £33.95
Open every day throughout the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
10am to 5.30pm with last admission at 4pm.
Fridays are late night opening until 8pm.
Food & Drink
Groombridge Place has a licensed restaurant serving freshly prepared lunches, sandwiches and cream teas daily. The coffee bar serves hot and cold drinks, wine, beer, spirits and homemade cakes.
The canal boat that runs to and from the Forest costs £1.50 for adults and £1 for children, each way. The Boat does not run every day towards the end of season (with the exception of half term).