Longleat is the stately home of the 7th Marquis of Bath and is situated between the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. This beautiful Elizabethan house is set in over 900 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with 8,000 acres of woods and farmland, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. It was the first stately home to open it’s doors to the public and also claims the first safari park outside of Africa with the Longleat lions having been in residence here since 1966. The house is full of priceless antiques and paintings, and has many ghostly goings on.Tour can be taken around parts of the house with guides to fill in all the historical gossip. The main draw for the children here is the wealth of attractions in the grounds and the Safari Park which is the subject of the BBC’s Animal Park TV series. You can drive through the safari park or take a safari bus and see all the wild and exciting animals, there is also a pets corner for the smaller children to be hands on with some slightly less fierce animals and Old Joe’s Mine where the brave can walk about with free-flying bats. There are rides on a narrow-gauge steam train through the woods and along the lake, an adventure castle of towers and turrets,climbing frames and slides and the extensive maze, and be sure not to miss a trip on the safari boat on half mile pond, Nico the gorilla loves to watch the passengers from his gorilla island complete with his own miniature stately home!
Official Website : www.longleat.co.uk
The Estate Office,
Tel: 01985 844400 – lines open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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