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Warminster,
Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

01985-844400

01985 844885

enquiries@longleat.co.uk

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2018-01-19 02:45:47


Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Open daily 9th Feb - 25th Feb;
Open Friday to Monday only 1st Mar - 11th Mar;
Open daily 15th Mar - 3rd Nov;
opening hours vary please see Longleat website for further details.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

All groups must have an appointment to tour the House

House Open for Viewing: Yes

Free flow tours, opening details as above, last approx 50 mins

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May/June

To see:

Azalea Drive

Admission Prices

Day Ticket: Adult: £29.50; Child (3-14yrs): £21.00; Over 60's: £23
Annual Pass: Adult: £85; Child (3-14yrs): £65; Over 60's: £75.00.
For other ticket types - see website

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

Azaleas and Mazes

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
I
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities


Hotels & Accommodation:

The Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa (Warminster) Homewood Park Hotel & Spa (Bath)

Restaurants:
Inns & Pubs:

Angel, Heytesbury Bath Arms, Horningsham Horse & Groom, East Woodlands White Hart, Corsley

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Warminster

Description of Garden

The splendour of Longleat House nestling alongside a lake and within rolling 'Capability' Brown landscaped grounds is a view that cannot be missed. Fringed by thousands of trees, the grounds include formal gardens, a Secret Garden, the Pleasure Walk, a 19 century planting of rhododendrons and azaleas, topiary and fine examples of mazes including the Love Labyrinth, the Sun Maze and the Lunar Labyrinth. A more recent addition to Longleat are the standing stones at Heaven's Gate - the massive stones and a ring-shaped gateway - made up of 13 smaller stones - form part of a gigantic sculpture which was commissioned by the Seventh Marquess of Bath.

History Of Garden

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 Gorillas, Nico and Samba, now live. 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.

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