Visit our Stunning Stately Home
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 within 900 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland… a bit different from the run-down priory, 60 acres of land, a rabbit warren and an orchard which was purchased by John Thynne in 1540 for £53!
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 I Exhibition
Longleat House continues to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with a special exhibition and a house trail which opened in August last year.
The trail explores the use of the building as a relief hospital for ill or injured soldiers, while displays of original archives and artefacts, include one of the hospital admissions registers and letters written by members of the family, patients and former servants as well as items of uniform worn at the Front by the young heir to the Longleat estate, John Alexander Thynne, 9thViscount Weymouth who was killed in action while serving with the Royal Scots Greys in north eastern France 13 February 1916.
A new element for 2015 is a display centred around the Garter Robes of the 5th Marquess of Bath, the owner of Longleat during the war, who was appointed a Knight of the Garter on 14 March 1917, it is thought as an acknowledgement of his contribution to the war effort. Displayed also is the black velvet court suit worn at the coronation of George V in 1911 by the 5th Marquess’ heir. The robes and court suit have just been conserved and remounted and are now exhibited in a new bespoke display case specially designed for the Robes Corridor on the first floor to accommodate a changing programme of historic dress and fashion displays.
The trail and exhibitions will be open until 1 November 2015.
Longleat House offers 40 minute guided tours every morning between 1000 and 1145 (during opening dates) and will incorporate some of Lord Bath’s murals.
Please note that pushchairs are not allowed on tours of Longleat House after midday, but can be left at the pushchair park situated at the back of the 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.
2015 Private Chattels Tour Dates:
- Monday 13th April
- Friday 1st May
- Monday 18th May
- Monday 8th June
- Friday 19th June
- Monday 6th July
- Friday 17th July
- Monday 7th September
- Friday 18th September
- Monday 12th October
Meeting point: Great Hall, Longleat House @ 2.00p.m. Please allow up to 2 hours for tour duration.
Maximum 12 per tour. Cost £19.20 per person
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 1st November 2015. 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.