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
Commencing in August 2014, Longleat will be commemorating a 100 years since the outbreak of World War I with a special exhibition in Longleat House. The exhibition will be in the form of a room-by-room trail providing images and text exploring the use of the House as a relief hospital. Visitors will be able to compare then and now and may even bump into one of the nurses or a soldier patient dressed in official uniform of hospital ‘blues’.
Also displayed will be original archives and artefacts - including items of uniform worn at the Front by the young heir to the Longleat estate, John Alexander Thynne, 9th Viscount Weymouth, reflecting the sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic experiences of the patients, nurses, family and servants at Longleat during the war years.
This exhibition will not be available during the Christmas period 14th November – 4th January
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 pushchairs can be left at Reception and hip seats can be provided.
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.
2014 Private Chattels Tours
- Wednesday 23rd April
- Thursday 8th May
- Wednesday 21st May
- Thursday 12th June
- Wednesday 25th June
- Thursday 10th July
- Wednesday 3rd September
- Thursday 25th September
- Wednesday 1st October
- Thursday 23rd 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 Monday 3rd November 2014. 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.