Photo: David J Smith

Settle in at Dyrham Park for a perfect combination of nature and history. The baroque mansion is set in hundreds of acres of gardens and parklands with stunning views over Bristol. Explore the lavishly decorated quarters at Dyrham that transport you into 17th century English living (meaning everything is Dutch). Admire the Samuel van Hoogstraten paintings and extraordinary Delft pyramid vases. There’s even a state bed that was built for Queen Anne (though she never slept in it). Head below-stairs down to the Victorian kitchen to learn what life was life for servants in the 1800s.

One of Dyrham’s main attractions is the 272 acre estate featuring gardens full of meandering paths and uninterrupted rolling hills. Explore the garden to see the carefully curated mixture of plants featuring every type of colour and texture that you can imagine. Stroll around the garden ponds or hike through the parkland. See if you can spot the famous herd of fallow deer. Picnics are welcome throughout the estate, so take time out to relax and admire one of Britain’s most beautiful vistas! Pay tribute to the statue of Neptune or pray in St Peter’s church. The church dates back to the 13th century, and features a stunning example of a Norman font and medieval stained glass.

Kids can go wild at the Old Lodge play area. Test your mind in the straw bale maze or ride a vintage tractor. There are even old farm tools that you can try your hand at!

 

Dyrham, near Bath, SN14 8ER
Tel: 0117 937 2501
Times: See attraction for specific details.