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Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

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Summary

Longleat House will allow you to step back in time. The House is a stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. Substantially completed by 1580 and now occupied by the 7th Marquess of Bath, this incredible house has now been called home by 16 generations of the Thynn family.

Where is Longleat House located?

Longleat House is situated just off the A36 between Bath and Salisbury (A362 Warminster-Frome). Postcode for Sat Nav users: BA12 7JS. As you approach Longleat please ignore Sat Nav instructions and follow the brown tourist signs. Some Sat Nav systems will take you to a dead end.

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

Longleat House was substantially built by Sir John Thynne. He secured himself a position as as Steward to Henry VII's beother-in-law, Edward Seymour. It was this connection that enabled Thynne to purchase a run-down priory called 'Longlete', a rabbit warren and 60 acres of land for the sum of £53. All owners of the stunning house have added their personal influence meaning there is an accumulation of 16 generation's paintings, tapestries, furniture and objects.

What is there to see and do at Longleat House?

Expect to be wowed from the very first moment you enter Longleat House and are welcomed into the Great Hall. Adorned by giant paintings depicting hunting scenes and with walls stretching 35 feet up, you can see why this was the perfect place to host many a banquet. You'll continue your journey through the House taking in libraries filled with over 40,000 books, a dining room laid out ready to host the next VIP guests and the Saloon stretching 90 feet long with its exquisite Flemish tapestries. Finish off by making your way down the Grand Staircase surrounded by an impressive collection of paintings.

Other information

Longleat House is the epicentre of the whole park, which includes the UK's first Safari Drive-through outside of Africa, Animal Adventure, Jungle Kingdom, Monkey Temple, Penguin Island, Longleat Railway, Jungle Cruise, Rockin' Rhino, Little Explorer's Garden, Adventure Castle and much more.

Longleat House also has a Attraction / Activity and Garden:

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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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