Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire Near Whitley Coach House
A stunning Georgian stately home set in hundreds of acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and gardens in Wiltshire. Bowood has been home to the Lansdowne family for over 260 years and carries with it a rich and fascinating history. The ‘pleasure grounds’ surrounding the House provide a wonderful experience for a range of visitors including families, specialist horticultural and garden enthusiasts, historians, schools, special interest groups or relaxing holidaymakers.
Bowood offers the following attractions:-
One of the best in the South of England – high adrenalin rope walks, amazing slides, pirate galleon, flying foxes and the famous ‘Space Dive’ combine to create hours of amazing fun in the adventure playground. For younger children, a soft play area is available.
Award Winning Gardens in Wiltshire
Awarded the HHA/Christies Gardens of the Year in 2014, the formal terraces and gardens at the front of the House provide abundant colour throughout the season and provide a beautiful place to enjoy the view of the landscape beyond. The 4 acre Private Walled Garden at the rear of the House can be enjoyed by pre-booking a guided tour.
Our Woodland Gardens open annually between April and early June showcasing amazing vistas of colour from Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
Historic Stately Home
A beautiful House with a rich history to explore including the family library and chapel, the room where Joseph Priestley discovered Oxygen in 1774, the sculpture gallery, orangery and a range of exhibition rooms where nearly 300 years of amazing artefacts and antiques from the family history are on display.
Capability Brown created the landscape and stunning lake over 5 years between 1763 and 1768. It is one of the best (and most unspoilt) examples of his famous work. Visitors can explore at their leisure, 100 acres of pleasure grounds, including an arboretum, cascade, doric temple, Hermits Cave and the lake itself.
Tractor Ted’s Little Farm
Tractor Ted’s Little Farm is situated close to the entrance of Bowood House & Gardens, next to the Treehouse Café. It is a lovely petting zoo for our younger visitors where they can meet friendly farm animals, watch chicks hatching and Tractor Ted’s real action films as well as having fun on the outdoor tractor track and mini diggers.
Children’s Birthday Parties
Bowood is the perfect location for a children’s birthday party. Held in the Gardeners’ Bothy within Bowood House & Gardens, themed with either Tractor Ted, Pirate or Fairies and access to the amazing adventure playground all day.
Unfortunately dogs are not permitted within the grounds of Bowood House & Gardens however well behaved dogs are allowed on leads in the Woodland Gardens during the open season