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Longleat House Summary


Longleat House Description

Longleat is widely regarded as the best example of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. The magnificence of the House itself is matched by the splendour of its surroundings; a spectacular mixture of landscaped parkland, lakes and formal gardens.

In 1949 Longleat became the first stately home in England to open its doors to the public. Today it has become - along with its equally famous Safari Park, mazes and other exciting features - one of the country's leading tourist attractions. It has been the home of the Thynn(e) family for more than 450 years and is currently lived in by the 7th Marquess of Bath, Alexander Thynn.

Gardens and Grounds

With its spectacular mixture of open parkland, lakes, woods and formal gardens Longleat's grounds are a delight to explore. Fringed by thousands of trees planted over more than four decades, the park underwent a major 're-fashioning' by 'Capability' Brown under the instruction of the 1st Marquess during the latter half off the 18th century.

This work was continued by the 2nd Marquess who employed Humphry Repton to re-design Half Mile Lake which had originally been constructed as a canal by the 1st Viscount Weymouth. It is Humphry Repton who built the island where Longleat's Lowland Gorilla, Nico, now lives. One of the most recognisable features within the park has to be Heaven's Gate. Designed by 'Capability' Brown, this gap in the beech trees offers magnificent views across Somerset.

Surrounding the house itself are a series of more formal gardens and buildings including the mysterious Secret Garden and the beautiful Orangery (now used as the idyllic setting for weddings). Three more recent additions reflect the present Lord Bath's great affection for mazes and puzzles: the Love Labyrinth, the Sun Maze and the Lunar Labyrinth which are all situated within close vicinity to the House so that the seventh Marquess can see their unique designs from the privacy of his penthouse. Longleat is now home to no less than five mazes!

Opening Times - 2013


  • 9th February - 25th February, Open Daily
  • 1st March - 11th March, Friday to Monday ONLY
  • 15th March - 3rd Novembr, Open Daily

Guided tours may be subject to change - please telephone for up to date information

Admission Prices - 2013

Day Ticket

  • Adult - £29.50
  • Child (3-14) -£21.00
  • Senior (60+) - £23.00

Two Day Ticket

  • Adult - £39.50
  • Child (3-14) - £31.50
  • Senior (60+) - £34.00

House & Grounds:

  • Adult - £14.50
  • Child (3-14) - £9.50
  • Senior (60+) - £12.50

Longleat & Cheddar Caves:

  • Adult - £39.50
  • Child (3-4) - £22.50
  • Child (5-14) - £31.50
  • Senior (60+) - £34.00

Annual Pass:

  • Adult - £85.00
  • Child (3-14) - £65.00
  • Senior (60+) - £75.00

Your Reviews of Longleat House

Mr. G.E. Pugsley (30 April 2004)

I would like to say that I have visited Longleat on many occasions over the last 30 years, with my children, and now my grandchildren, and on one visit many years ago, had the pleasure of meeting the previous Lord Bath, who graciously signed my son’s guide book, incidentally my son is now 40. I still find that a visit to this wonderful part of our heritage is still very rewarding, and the best value of all the stately homes I have visited.

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Additional Info for Longleat House

  • YesOpen All Year
  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesGroups
  • YesPlaygrounds
  • YesDogs allowed
  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesEducation
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesHaunted
  • YesConferences
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesLive Entertainment
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Heritage Groups

  • YesHistoric Houses Association

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