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Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

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Summary

Take a look at a time gone by at Longleat House, a superb example of Elizabethan architecture, and one of the country’s finest stately homes. Home to sixteen generations of the Thynn family, the 7th Marquess of Bath is perhaps one of Longleat’s most famous residents.

Where is Longleat House located?

Close to the A36, between Salisbury and Bath, Longleat can be reached using the postcode BA12 7JS, although drivers should ignore sat-nav instructions on the approach to Longleat, and follow the brown tourist signs instead.

What is the history of Longleat House to the present day?

Much of Longleat House was built by Sir John Thynne, who was steward to Edward Seymour, Henry VII’s brother-in-law. Through this connection, Thynne bought ‘Longlete’, as a dilapidated priory, with 60 acres, for the princely sum of £53. Following generations have left their mark on the house, giving it an eclectic feel, accumulated over the centuries.

What is there to see and do at Longleat House?

The entrance to Longleat House, into the Great Hall, never fails to impress visitors. The ceilings are 35 feet high, and the walls are filled with magnificent paintings, giving a sense of how imposing the space would have been when banquets were held here. Other rooms open to the public include libraries, a splendid dining room and a saloon that is 90 feet in length. At the end, visitors can glide down the Grand Staircase, admiring the many artworks on the surrounding walls.

Other information

Longleat House sits at the heart of Longleat Park, which features the UK’s very first drive-through safari.

Longleat House also has a Attraction / Activity and Garden:

Longleat (Attraction / Activity Section)

Longleat Grounds & Gardens (Garden Section)

Inspirations

Longleat House is part of the following Inspirations:

Ten historic houses to give your wedding Downton Abbey style by Liz Coggins

"Set in 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens Longleat provides weddings of pure luxury. Ceremonies and receptions take place in three locations – the historic Elizabeth oak panelled Great Hall , the romantic Orangery overlooking the rose filled Love Labyrinth and Secret Garden and for smaller, intimate ceremonies there is the unusual Green Library. Weddings, that are too large to be accommodated in the house, can be held in the grounds or gardens."

Top Ten Family-Friendly Historic Houses by Abigail Flanagan

"Brilliant, bonkers Longleat - what child could be bored here? Kick off with the sumptuous Elizabethan house, where ornate painted ceilings, ghostly tales and Charles I’s blood-stained “execution” vest will get kids gawping. Then, when attention starts flagging, hit Longleat’s numerous other offerings, including the superb Safari Park; Hedge Maze and Adventure Castle. 2013 sees the arrival of BBC Earth’s ‘Deadly Adventure at Longleat’ (think nature at its nastiest), and, come summer, a spectacular penguin and stingray attraction."

Information on Longleat House , Warminster

Opening Times: Please see our website for current opening times
Admission: Please see our website for ticket options.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: Just off the A36 between Bath & Salisbury (A362 Warminster to Frome).
Facilities: Coaches welcome, Free parking, Full disabled access, Guided tours - House tours operate daily 10:00-11:45 (40 mins duration), during Park opening times, Restaurants, Shops
Organisation(s): Historic Houses Association
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