Welcome To Wessex

All Wessex's palaces, historic houses, country estates and cottages are readily accessible from London, Heathrow airport, Gatwick airport and the Channel Tunnel. Within the Wessex area itself, Bristol, Bournemouth and Southampton airports are enjoying more and more scheduled international services. They are also all within easy driving distance of one another. This is ideal for visitors who like to base themselves in one place for two, three or more nights and explore the surrounding area instead of moving every day

The Seasons

Being in the South West of England, Wessex has a relatively mild climate. Spring and autumn are excellent times to visit its historic houses. The obvious reason is that the visitor avoids the peak season volume but there is more to it than that. Spring and autumn have their own special qualities.

In spring, the houses are fresh after their annual winter maintenance. There is new life in the house and outside, the gardens are full of the colour of spring bulbs, blossom and rhododendrons. In autumn, the pace has slowed, there is time for the visitor to enjoy the exhibits and out in the beautifully landscaped parks there are the rich autumn colours

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  1. Open - In addition to the listed times, most houses are open on holidays during April/October. Houses that are open all year, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Last admissions are usually 30 minutes before the house closes.
  2. Entrance fees - All the fees quoted are for adults. Discounts are available for groups, children and sometimes for seniors and families. Please check the attraction website.for details.
  3. Groups - These should be booked in advance. Many houses will open for groups at times outside their standard opening schedule. Some houses have limited parking space for coaches and parking should be discussed when making a booking.
  4. Disabled access - Facilities for disabled visitors have improved, especially at the more visited houses but these are old buildings and there are staircases, steps and narrow corridors that limit access to upper floors in a number of them. Please check the website of the house for full details.
  5. Parking - All parking is free except where a charge is mentioned in the listings.
  6. Telephone Numbers - When calling from outside Britain, after the country code 44, omit the 0 in front of the telephone number.
  7. Destination Wessex - Please contact us at info@destinationwesex.org.uk if more information is needed.
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