Run by the National Trust, Dyrham Park is a 17th-Century house and formal garden nestled in an ancient deer park, where a herd of fallow deer roam free. Situated less than half an hour from the cities of Bristol and Bath, the house was built at in the late 1600s/early 1700s by government administrator William Blathwayt. It is home to a collection of Dutch paintings, fine Dutch ceramics and other historic items. Parts of the house may be inaccessible due to ongoing conservation work throughout 2020 but there will always be something to see.
The garden is also in a state of transformation with the team of staff and volunteers working hard all-year long to create a 21st-Century garden with flavours of the past, with seasonal planting along the avenue and in the borders around the two pools. The adjoining orchard is home to perry pear trees and, in spring and summer, wildflowers.
The parkland has some circular walks in which you can take in the far-reaching views across the Bristol Channel towards the Welsh mountains. Awash with nature, Dyrham Park is home to an array of trees including Horse Chestnuts and Lime Trees, a wealth of butterflies and insects and plenty of birds – including some very friendly robins. In the summer months, cows help graze the land so the deer may reach the tender shoots. Pre-booked accessible parkland tours are available for those with mobility issues.
A great day out for families, young explorers can run free in the 270-acre deer park, look out for the deer and other wildlife and tick off some of their National Trust 50 Things. The Old Lodge natural play area has natural play equipment for younger children. And there are plenty of picnic spots in the park and in the orchard next to the garden. The popular Cadburys Easter Trail gives you a chance to follow clues around the park for a chocolate treat. There are also summer trails, Halloween and Christmas trails to appeal to those younger visitors. During term-time in the warmer months, Toddler Trails take place on Tuesdays, with guided family nature trails and free arts and crafts in the school holidays.
Each season is a treat – from snowdrops wild garlic and tulips in spring to bright borders in summer and vibrant autumn colour towards the end of the year. Look out for the events which bring the seasons to life, from the daily free guided tours of the park and garden to sunset deer park walks and solstice and wassailing celebrations.
No visit would be complete without a trip to the tea-room or catering kiosks for a cream tea or another delicious homemade treat. The National Trust shop sells a range of gifts, edible items and books and cards.
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National Trust members visit free. If you would like to become a member of the National Trust, please speak to a member of our team during your visit.
20% off voucher for café and shop for visitors arriving by bicycle or by public transport, available from the Ticket Office at Home Farm visitor centre.
- National Trust Dyrham Park
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* 10am-5pm Mar-Oct
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Last entry one hour before close
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good438
- Joanne HTrip Type:CouplesBack of house tour a must!Sunday, 24th November 2019We enjoyed the back of house tour more than the tour of the house. They have so many lovely artifacts, it will be great when they can be displayed in the main house. House tour was very dark and... Read full review
- John SIsle of Man, United KingdomSo glad we visited Dyrham Park.Wednesday, 4th December 2019We visited on a cold November afternoon and were impressed with everything we saw! There is a bus service back and forward to the House which we used to come back up the hill after our visit. We were... Read full review
- gamainInverell, AustraliaEnthrallingFriday, 6th December 2019Travelling towards Bristol on a fine sunny day, we decided at short notice to deviate to the National Trusts Dyrham Park. Car parking was at a premium, but we luckily scored a parking space a hundred... Read full review