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 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* 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 Good441
- Diana SSwindon, United KingdomEnglish Countryside at it's best!Wednesday, 8th January 2020Have visited several times, & always wonder at it's 'Englisness'! Even though there were lots of visitors, the vast expanse of countryside made it feel comfortable. Walks long or short to suit time... Read full review
- DonnaWashingtonA wonderfully endearing property. Great to visit in the winter.Friday, 10th January 2020Last summer when exploring the Cotswolds Dyrham Park had come under my radar and later on it was further brought to the forefront having been featured in Sanditon. It has something very endearing... Read full review
- KatieP1807Keynsham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLovely few hours out, cute deer.Saturday, 11th January 2020Spent roughly about 2 and half hours exploring this place. The house is interesting and the grounds are lovely, there are walking trails to follow. The deer were very cute! A nice few hours out... Read full review