Bruce Castle has a dedicated family gallery, runs free events throughout the year and during school holidays, and has a range of activity trails and booklets.

The Park has a children’s play area just behind the Museum.

Our Little Explorers Gallery is having a makeover as part of our exciting project to restore our East-Wing. We have removed some of the interactives but the gallery remains open until Sunday 19 May.

Our next family days will be during half-term. Join us for Games Galore on the afternoons of Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May - see below for all details.

Boy playing with giant chess set outside Bruce Castle Museum

Games Galore 

  • Wednesday 29th May, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Thursday 30th May, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Head down to Bruce Castle Courtyard for an afternoon of outdoor play. Try giant chess, have a go at hopscotch, play a game of dominoes or get busy building with blocks. 

Suitable for families with children aged 3 to 8 years old.

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.  

Little Explorers Gallery - open until Sunday 19 May

Drop-in to the gallery during opening hours to explore our interactives, dress-up in costume, read a book, or try a puzzle.

Our dedicated family gallery is aimed at parents and carers with children aged 3-8 years old. 

Organised groups e.g. nurseries, play-centres etc. will only be admitted to the gallery if they have pre-booked through our education team.  

There may occasionally be a wait for the gallery if an educational session is taking place.


Girl reading a book about castles outside Bruce Castle Museum

Trails and activity booklets 

Discover more about the house and grounds with our family friendly activity booklets. 

Mystery Manor  

Meet Wilbur the Wyvern, a dragon-like creature who sits on Bruce Castle. In this sticker activity booklet, Wilbur will guide you around his home to explore the mysteries of the manor house. 

Pickup from the main Reception Desk, £1 per booklet 

Bruce Castle Tree Trail  

Explore the beautiful grounds of Bruce Castle Park and the creatures and mini-beasts who call it home! The booklet contains a range of hands-on activities perfect for children who love getting outdoors and exploring nature. 

Pickup from the main Reception Desk, £1 per booklet 

Family trail booklet with magnifying class