Houses and Gardens

There are some stunning gardens to visit at this end of Wiltshire.  From beautiful country houses with manicured gardens in Bradford on Avon itself to the landscapes of Stourhead, Longleat and Dyrham Park just across the county border.

Keep a look out for Bradford on Avon's Secret Garden Festival each year.

Iford Manor

The Iford valley has been occupied since Roman times and the manor house sits idyllically by the Frome River in the steep-sided valley. Iford Manor is medieval in origin, the classical facade being added in the 18th century when the hanging woodlands above the garden were planted. The Grade 1 Italianate garden at the Manor is famous for its tranquil beauty and was designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto.

Great Chalfield Manor

Great Chalfield Manor is an English country house near Bradford on Avon. The house is a moated manor house built around 1465 - 1480 for Thomas Tropnell. Externally, there is a garden with four "tree houses" (groups of four yew trees, which have grown together and been hollowed out inside to allow you to walk through). Also, within the grounds is the tiny parish church, a feature of which is the unusual "bellcote", a stone belfry built on to the roof.

The Courts

The Courts Garden near Bradford on Avon is a comfortable, hard-working 1920s garden of different character areas. Making good use of colour in both shrub planting and in the borders, many of which are closely colour-coordinated. The water garden contains a rectangular lily pond surrounded by pale Iris Sibirica and an earlier creation of a dye pond. A beautiful and peaceful place all year round with rare trees and masses of spring bulbs.

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park belongs to the National Trust and is home to a deer park, a garden as well as a mansion. There are more than 270 acres of parkland to explore. If you are quiet you might find the historic herd of Fallow deer which roam freely. The peaceful West Garden offers you to escape for a quiet relaxing stroll where you can admire the splendid borders, ancient ponds and a perry pear orchard. A further "wow" moment can be experienced at the bright sandstone mansion, revealing itself within the valley of the park. Come and discover your own world away!

Stourhead

Stourhead is a 2.650 acre estate at the source of the River Stour in Wilsthire. It belongs to the National Trust since 1946 and is home to a Palladian Mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland and woodland. A magazine described Stourhead as a "Living Work of Art" as it is bursting with ways for you to enjoy yourself. Whether you are looking for a garden treasure, art and history, family fun or a pretty walk and coffee with friends Stourhead is guaranteed to offer you all of it. Presenting Winter wonder, Spring blooms, Summer fun, Autumn glory and Christmas magic the estate is an all-year attraction.

Avebury & Avebury Manor

Avebury, owned by the National Trust, is the world famous stone circle and manor house at the heart of the prehistoric landscape in Wiltshire. There is plenty to see and to do at Avebury at every time of the year. Whether you want to spend a peaceful afternoon exploring, immersing yourself in the stories of Avebury Manor or wandering around the stunning chalk downland scattered with ancient monuments Avebury's landscape is offering all. It has an on-site museum as well as a wide range of events throughout the year for the whole family.

Bowood House & Gardens

Bowood has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. The mix of historical treasures and well-loved surroundings gives this Georgian house a unique charm. The house lies within "Capability" Brown's glorious parklands. Furthermore, Bowood is famous for one of the UK's best Adventure Playgrounds and Tractor Ted's Little Farm.

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park is the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke. Wander through the elegant State Rooms, where ornate plasterwork and original family furnishings are displayed alongside portraits and photographs of the St John family. There are also 260 acres of stunning, historic landscape to explore, play areas to enjoy as well as discovering the past by visiting the house, walled garden and church.

Wilton House

Whether you come to admire the glorious interiors in the house, spend time relaxing in the garden, or let off steam in the adventure playground, Wilton House welcomes everybody. 22 acres of parkland and gardens, bordered by the rivers Wylye and Nadder, are perfect for visitors to explore or to relax and have a picnic.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

" Sudeley Castle & Gardens is unrivalled as a lived-in Cotswold castle. For heritage lovers, it is a jewel in England's crown, pasing in and out of royal hands, with Richard III, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and Charles I all playing their part in its fascinating history." Dr. David Starkey, Historical Advisor

Sherborne Castle

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been the Stately Home of the Digby family since 1617. You will find splendid collections of Art & Antiques as well as one of Capability Brown's finest landscapes. Explore the beautiful Gardens & Grounds and find out about special events.

Corsham Court

Corsham Court, a Royal Manor in the days of the Saxon Kings and home of the Methuen family, is based on an Elizabethan house dating from 1582. Surrounding the Court are the stunning gardens and parkland which were designed by Capability Brown. The House has been used as a film location for the Remains of the Day starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and most recently for the BBC's adaption of Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Westwood Manor

Westwood Manor is a beautiful small manor house, built over three centuries, has late Gothic and Jacobean windows, decorative plasterwork and two important keyboard instruments. There is some fine period furniture, 17th- and 18th-century tapestries and a modern topiary garden.

Farleigh Hungerford

In a beautiful valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and SOmerset and only nine miles from Bath, stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle. There are many hidden treasures - the chapel with rare medieval wall paintings and family tombs; extensive displays in the Priest's house; and for those who are brave enough to enter the crypt, there's the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain. 

Longleat House

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.

Tyntesfield

Huge Gothic House and estate, hidden away in a mysterious fairytale world of its own and filled to the brim with family belongings: from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Dunster Castle & Gardens

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.