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Garden: April to October 9am - 6pm November to March 9am - 5pm. Garden closes at dusk if earlier.
25 Feb to 29 Oct, daily 11am-4.30pm.
30 Oct to 12 Nov, daily, 11am - 3.30pm
25 Nov - 22 Dec, 11am-3pm The Christmas House - selected rooms only.
King Alfred's Tower:
12-4pm weekends and Bank Holidays, August to October.
23 April, 9am - 6pm
Spring May/June October/November Winter
Bulbs, Rhododendrons, Autumn colour, Landscape, Trees and temples
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) Adult £17.60 (£16.00), child £8.80 (£8.00), family £44.00 (£40.00).
Dec-Feb dogs allowed in the garden on short fixed leads after 4pm from March-Oct, after 3pm in Nov and all day every day Dec-Feb. Dogs are welcome on the wider estate at all times. Farm shop. Art Gallery. There are waymarked walks and an exhibition about the estate in the reception building, where leaflets of estate walks can also be obtained.
World-famous 18th-century landscape garden and Palladian mansion; enchanting temples, monuments and rare planting around a tranquil lake; Palladian mansion filled with Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings; woodland and chalk downland walks; spectacular views from the top of King Alfred's Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain; two Iron Age hill forts to explore; Pelargonium collection in Edwardian greenhouse.
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An outstanding example of the English landscape style, this splendid garden was designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780. Classical temples, including the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo, and grotto are set around the central lake at the end of a series of vistas, which change as the visitor moves around the paths and through the magnificent mature woodland with its extensive collection of exotic trees.
The house, begun in the 1721 by Colen Campbell, contains furniture by the younger Chippendale and fine paintings. King Alfred's Tower, an intriguing red-brick folly built in 1722 by Henry Flitcroft, is almost 50 metres high and gives breathtaking views over the estate. Much of the 2,650 acres of the wider estate is managed for nature conservation and there are two interesting Iron Age hill-forts, Whitesheet Hill and Park Hill Camp.
Given to the National Trust in 1946 by the Hoare family.