Want to play make-believe in majestic castles with intimidating mazes? Wiltshire has plenty of stately homes and gardens to help you bring your historical dreams to life. Immerse yourself in the lives of ancients who lived in grand castles and manors.
This amazing place is the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. It is just perfect for a day of sightseeing with its beautiful features such as a flowing lake, temple, the capability brown park which is one of its best features, cascade, a unique adventure playground where the kids can play on, a beautiful seasonal rhododendron gardens, the arboretum and a lot of other incredible things to see. The house itself is a large house that contains a sculpture gallery, a chapel and you could also get to see Joseph Priestley laboratory where he discovered oxygen. It opens daily from 1st April to 1st November by 11am to 6pm.
Address: Derry Hill, Calne SN11 9PQ,
This is a beautiful garden close to the Avon that could be said to be a treasure garden because of its incredible features and environment. The garden is walled and contains an apple and pear tree arbour in which visitors are allowed to pluck some fruits if they wish. It also contains a Japanese teahouse in which you can sit and relax while taking a cup of delicious tea. It opens from 1st May to 15th October by 10am to 5pm.
Address: Middle Woodford, Salisbury SP4 6NT
This is one of the most beautiful stately house in Wiltshire open to the public. It is a 16th century Augustinian monastery that contains a lot of treasure and heirlooms that have been passed down by the generations of the Thynn family. These treasures include; incredible paintings, ancient books, beautiful Flemish tapestries and I wouldn’t forget Great Lord Bath’s magnificent Murals. It opens on selected days from 11th February to 29th October.
Address: Warminster BA12 7NW
This is indeed an amazing Edwardian garden in which Harold Peto lived and died. It a lot of beautiful features like ponds in which you can see live fishes, magnificent statues, terraces, an open casita and a lot of other incredible features. They garden is on a planning process where Japanese garden restoration and woodland walks are been planned. It opens from April to September by 2pm to 5pm.
Address: Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA
This is a beautiful Elizabethan house that was bought by a famous collector to contain his collections that include; amazing Italian and Flemish paintings, stone inlaid furniture and a lot more. This place features a stone bath house, a rose garden, a pool and other beautiful things that make it a perfect place to spend your day. It opens from 20th march to 30th September.
Address: Church St, Wiltshire, Corsham SN13 0BZ
A lot of this state houses and garden offers free access to friends and visitors but you may want to call first before visiting or visit their website in case of possible snow drop openings. Group visit can be more interesting than going alone.
Hearty curators will be present to help you have a fuller experience. Don’t leave the kids out of it, they’ll not forget such a wonderful adventure in a hurry.