Dyrham Park

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Chippenham,
Gloucestershire, SN14 8ER

0117 9372501

dyrhampark@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
16 Feb - 28 June; Fri - Tues; 10 - 5,
29 Jun - 1 Sept; daily; 10 - 5
2 Sept - 27 Oct; Fri - Tues; 10 - 5,
2Nov - 15 Dec; Sat & Sun; 10 - 5
Park: All year except 25 Dec, 10 - 5
Last admission one hour before closing. Closes dusk if earlier than 5pm. Whole property open 7 days a week during Easter half term 25 Mar - 7 Apr and May half term 27 May - 2 Jun. Whole property closed until 13.00 on 4 & 18 Sep, 6, 13, 20 Nov & 4 Dec. Closed 25 Dec.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Pre-booked

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

9 Mar- 28 June; Fri - Tues; 11 - 5,
29 Jun - 1 Sept; daily; 11 - 5
2 Sept - 27 Oct; Fri - Tues; 11 - 5

Basement & Kitchen only
16 Feb- 8 Mar; Fri - Tues, 11 - 4
2 Nov - 15 Dec; Sat 7 Sun, 11 - 4

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

(Gift aid prices)
House, park and garden
Adult £12.40 (£11.10), Child £6.50 (£5.80), Family £30.90 (£27.80)
Groups (15+) £10.50

Garden and park only
Adult £5.00 (£4.50), Child (£2.60), Family £11.00 (£9.90)
Groups (15+) £4.20

Park only
Adult £3.20 (£2.80), Child £1.90 (£1.70), Family £7.20 (£6.40)

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

Dogs not allowed due to deer herd on site.

Garden Features & Events

Spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park; William and Mary mansion nestling in an ancient deer park; Lavish 17th-century collections reflect the fashion for all things Dutch; Victorian domestic quarters give an insight into life below stairs; Elegant formal gardens, woodland, and lakes to explore; Film location for Remains of the Day (1993)

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


Hotels & Accommodation:

White Hart, Ford, W. of Chippenham

Restaurants:
Inns & Pubs:

White Hart, Ford, W. of Chippenham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

In a remarkable and beautiful setting, Dyrham Park is notable for its parkland and historic herd of fallow deer. It features one of the earliest architectural greenhouses, the Orangery within which citrus fruits, as well as myrtle, oleander and Agaves are still grown. However the trees, many of which were comparatively early imports from America, thanks to William Blathwayt's job as administrator of the colonies, are the real glory. As well as Tulip trees and Holm Oaks, Black Walnut, Red Oak, Catalpas and Pinus strobus all flourish here.

Any visit should not fail to include a tour of the house with its original furniture and impressively restored Victorian servants' quarters.

History Of Garden

The estate, an ancient deer park, (the name drives from the Saxon 'deor hamm' meaning deer enclosure) was acquired by William Blathwayt, William III's Secretary at War and Secretary of State, in the closing years of the 17th century. He demolished the Tudor manor house and built the present elegant structure which has been largely unaltered since then and is still filled with his furniture. The garden originally boasted a 224 step cascade, dropping down from the statue of Neptune (which is still there) to the front of the house, and a formal garden in the Dutch style immediately around the house with parterres, terraces, fountains and avenues. However the cost of upkeep was too high and in time all this was removed.

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