Visit our Stunning Stately Home
Open on selected dates between February and November
Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.
Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set with 900 acres of stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland... a bit different from the run-down priory, 60 acres of land, a rabbit waren and an orchard which was purchased by John Thynne in 1540 for £53!
Longleat House opens fully for free-flow access at 12:00 during our main season which runs between February and November (for full details of our opening dates and times please look here>>) From 10:00 until midday we offer guided tours of the ground floor which incorporate some of Lord Bath's murals! At midday, the private apartments are closed and both floors of the public route are open on a free-flow basis.
During the winter season the House is transformed as part of the Festival of Light. If you want to discuss a visit to the House further please call us on 01985 845420.
Explore Longleat House
Adults and kids alike love this stunning stately home.
Longleat House is packed to the rafters with priceless antiques. Look up at the ceilings that Longleat is so famous for - with their ornate paintings and abundance of gilt, made by the firm of John Dibblee Crace in the 1870s and 1880s.
You’ll see some of the libraries. Did you know Longleat has one of the largest private book collections in Europe with over 40,000 books catalogued within 7 libraries?
Look out for the grisly blood-stained, silk sleeved waistcoat worn by King Charles I at his execution in 1649 that sits in the Great Hall of Longleat House.
World War 1 Exhibition and Hospital Trail:
In the summer of 2014, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Longleat House launched a hospital trail illustrating the use of the building as a relief hospital 1914-1919. As 13th February 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death in action of the heir to Longleat, 2nd Lieutenant John Thynne, Viscount Weymouth, aged just twenty, the main Longleat Archives exhibition, dealing with his career, as well as that of his uncle, Lord Alexander Thynne (k.September 1918), Longleat staff who saw active service, the hospital patients themselves and the war work of his sisters Lady Kathleen and Lady Emma Thynne – will be extended for a final few weeks from 6th February.
This will then be followed by exhibitions contributing to our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Longleat Safari Park.
To mark the quatercentenary of the death of England’s most famous playwright, opening at the end of March, will be ‘Shakespeare 400 – Still searching for Shakespeare’
In this year of anniversaries, our summer exhibition in the Red Library will mark the birth of ‘England’s greatest gardener’, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, in August 1716
Group Pleasure Walk
Longleat House is set in 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown designed landscape. The gardens and areas of the parkland were redesigned and modernised by ‘Capability’ Brown after 1757 where it was replaced with a fine lawn, a serpentine river, wooded hills, and gravel paths meandering round a shrubbert.
Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour with our private guide before enjoying Cream Tea in The Orangery.
Following this tour, you and your group can explore the magnificent Longleat House before you depart.
- Guided tour of the Formal Gardens, Secret Garden and Pleasure Walk
- House and Gardens Ticket
- Cream Tea in The Orangery
Price: £25 per person (when booked as part of a group).
Duration: House and Garden Ticket is valid for the day. Guided tour is 1.5 hours.
Dates: 1st April 2016 – 1st October 2016
Times: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Call us on 01985 844328 or send us an email to book.
Guided Tours of Lord Bath's Murals take place every morning during normal Longleat open dates (up to 30th October) between 10.00 – 12.00.
From midday open access to the ground floor and first floor state rooms is available to all visitors with guides positioned in most of the rooms to help answer any questions on the house, the artefacts within it and its history.
Entry is included with a Day Ticket, House & Gardens Ticket or Annual Pass.
Please note that pushchairs are not allowed on tours of Longleat House, but can be left at the pushchair park situated at the front or rear of Longleat House. Hip seats can also be provided on request.
Private Chattels Tours
Most of the historic contents of Longleat House have been exempted from capital taxation because of their national heritage importance or because of their historical association with Longleat. The private tours give public access to those chattels (a legal term for tangible and moveable goods e.g. furniture, paintings and porcelain) which are not on the main visitor route, or shown on the daily morning tours of Longleat House.
2016 Private Chattels Tour Dates:
Monday 11th April
Monday 25th April
Friday 13th May
Tuesday 24th May
Thursday 16th June
Monday 4th July
Wednesday 7th September
Thursday 29th September
Monday 3rd October
Friday 21st October
Meeting point: Great Hall, Longleat House @ 2.00p.m. Please allow up to 2 hours for tour duration.
Maximum 12 per tour. Cost £23.50 per person (apologies we cannot accmodate children on this tour).
Please note that tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance (01985 845420 or in person at Longleat House).
A list of the private chattels which are available for public access can be seen by prior arrangement.
HHA Card Holders
Card holders are entitled to access Longleat House & Gardens on open dates until Sunday 30th October 2016. Please click here for opening dates and times. Please show your membership pass at the tolls on arrival and then again at the House in order for your details to be recorded.
Additional tickets need to be purchased to access Safari or Adventure Park attractions
For more information please contact 01985 845420.