Longleat House




image 1 Welcome from Alexander Thynn, The Marquess of Bath

My family and I welcome you most warmly to Longleat, which has been the home of the Thynne (or Thynn) family for more than 450 years. I am the 7th Marquess of Bath and a member of the 14th generation. Although my childhood was spent in a house on the fringes of the Estate, I moved into Longleat itself at the end of 1953 and have been here ever since. I live with my wife Anna, who was better known previously as the actress and journalist, Anna Gael. She was born in Hungary and brought up in France. We have two children, Lenka and Ceawlin.

My aim is to keep and maintain Longleat as our family home Ė a vibrant, living entity for everyone to appreciate. I do hope you will enjoy your visit, donít forget to see my murals and do visit my web site

Longleat House

The House is widely regarded as the best example of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. It was my father, the 6th Marquess, who was the first owner of a stately home to perceive that houses of this magnitude and splendour could become a major tourist attraction, so in 1949 he opened Longleat to the public to run it as a business enterprise. Many challenges remain but we have entered the new century with the fabric of the House in better order.


image 2 Longleat Hedge Maze

Made up of more than 16,000 English Yews, Longleatís spectacular hedge maze was first laid out in 1975 by the designer Greg Bright. The Hedge Maze covers an area of around 1.48 acres (0.6 hectares) with a total pathway length of 1.69 miles (2.7km). Unlike most other conventional mazes itís actually three-dimensional, with six wooden bridges offering tantalising glimpses towards the elusive centre of the maze, which is marked by an observation tower for visitors who manage to find it! Itís an enormously popular attraction with Longleatís visitors who take an average of 90 minutes to complete it!

The Safari Park

This has been refreshed recently. Longleat was the first place, outside Africa, to open a Safari Park. Drive through it to admire at close quarters some of the largest and fiercest animals in the world. But make sure you have nothing on the ourside of your car that might attract the attention of the monkeys!

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Contact Reception
Address Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 7NW
Telephone 01985 844400
Fax 01985 844885
E-mail enquiries@longleat.co.uk
Website www.longleat.co.uk
Affiliation Independent
Opening times 17-25 Feb & 31 Mar-4 Nov. House 10am-5pm. Safari Pk 10am-4pm
Entrance fee £10 house and grounds. £20 for all attractions.
shop disabled access parking restaurant coffee shop lift
Directions

By road. Come off the A36 west of Warminster onto the A362 road to Frome. For half a mile follow the brown and white signs showing the lion.

Car and coach parking. There is plenty of car and coach parking available. Follow signs to the parking in use that day.

By train. Take the train to Warminster Station which is on the Bristol/Bath to Portsmouth line. Buses leave for Longleat periodically. There are taxis available at all normaml times outside the station down Station Road.

Notes

The Banqueting Suite This is now open for business and for private functions. It is ideally suited to conferences, lunches and dinners that call for the high style and atmosphere of the Suite.

Weddings. Weddings can take place in the lovely Orangery next to the Love Garden behind the House by special arrangement.

Special tours. Additional rooms not normally open to the public are available for private tours on specific days duing th eyear. Phone on 01985 845401 for details and bookings.


 

These details were last updated on
26 AUG 2007

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