9,000 acres of rolling countryside and just a few miles from the Wiltshire
market town of Warminster, lies the Longleat estate.
estate consists of 4,000 acres of let farmland, 4,000 acres of woodland,
which includes a Center Parcs holiday village and a further 1,000
acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland.
story began when Longleat House was built in 1540 after a former
employee of King Henry VIII - John Thynn, purchased the ruins of
a priory for £53.
the first house was destroyed by fire, Thynn bought a quarry of
Bath stone and rebuilt it.
house and estate has remained in the Thynn family through the years
and each successive generation has added their own personal flourishes.
current incumbent, the 7th Marquess of Bath, Alexander Thynn's contribution
has been to create his own colourful murals which decorate the family
1949, Longleat became the first stately home to open to the public
and since then the entire estate has grown to become Wiltshire's
foremost tourist attraction.
during the tourist season is the Longleat Passport. The Longleat
Passport includes entrance into all 12 of the Longleat attractions.
If you don't get time to visit all the attractions in one day, you
can retain the passport and return at a later date and continue
your exploration, however, each attraction can be visited only once.
camels at Longleat don't care where they sit!
main draw is its Safari Park, the UK's very first such enclosure
which opened in 1966.
to Longleat can drive their cars through the park and observe all
manner of exotic wildlife up-close. These include the famous 'Lions
of Longleat' and several Tigers such as 'Chandi' a rare white female
to be seen as you drive through the park are mischievous Rhesus
Monkey's (who can be guaranteed to inquisitively clamber onto your
vehicle!) as well as herds of Giraffes, Zebra, Rhinos and Camels.
feed the deer at Longleat
have been kept on the Longleat Estate for more than 450 years and
prove to be the most benign of animals on display. Visitors can
buy Deer feed at £1 a cup and hand-feed it to the Deer as
you pass through their enclosure.
boat is also on hand to ferry visitors past Seals, Rhinos and the
Gorillas, Nico and Samba, who live on their very own island.
House's State Dining Room
interested in English heritage will find Longleat House itself,
overwhelming. The magnificent stately home is a historical paradise
of beautiful Elizabethan architecture, priceless antiques, paintings,
heirlooms and furnishings.
will feel that time truly has stood still as you wander round the
much-loved home of Lord Bath.
Daleks in the Dr Who exhibition.
around the grounds include the nostalgia-fest that is the Dr Who
exhibition. Be propelled back to the days when you hid behind the
sofa, when after entering through the TARDIS doors, you come face
to face with among other intergalactic foes - the fearsome Daleks
up close and personal with Parrots, Chipmunks, Chinchillas and
other cute birds and animals in Pets Corner. The 'Meet the Creatures'
talks from Longleat animal experts will prove fun and educational
to younger visitors.
aboard the mini-railway for a 12-minute trip to Half-Mile lake and
back, then pop into the hot and humid Butterfly Garden and see all
manner of beautiful species of Butterfly.
love Longleat, so let them join Postman Pat and his cat Jess in
the miniature village of Greendale or get lost in the World's Longest
Hedge Maze - one of six mazes to be enjoyed at Longleat.
added attraction is the Blue Peter Children's Maze, designed by
nine-year-old Kathryn Bell from Essex.
is the latest addition to the turrets and rope bridges of the Adventure
returning for a second year is 'The UGH! Show’,
a live interactive show where visitors will be able to rate creepy
creatures by their level of sliminess, fear factor and scariness!
volunteers among the audience will get the chance to assist Professor
Ugh in some of his madcap experiments!