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Longleat House & Safari Park

Date: 9th April 2018
Author: fionabousfield
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa
Local Area

Get up close to the animals & learn about the history of this Elizabethan estate…

If you are looking for a fun family day out the next time you are staying at Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa, then you won’t go far wrong if you make the journey to Longleat Estate which is home to one of the country’s top safari parks and a gorgeous Elizabethan stately home which is resided in by the 7th Marquees of Bath himself.

There is something for the whole family on Longleat Estate, with exciting safari exhibitions, challenging mazes, stunning artistic showcases, water based exploration and much more.

Read on to find out why Longleat Estate is a visitor attraction you simply can’t afford to miss out on.

Longleat History

Longleat Estate is centred around an Elizabethan stately home which sits in the middle of this world renowned attraction. The house was built by Sir John Thynne in the late 16th century who served as a steward to Edward Seymour. His descendants became Marquesses of Bath and they continue to inhabit the property to this day.

The house and surrounding gardens first welcomed the general public in 1949 before the estate opened the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa in 1966.

Years of continued improvement and expansion have helped maintain Longleat’s position as one of the country’s top visitor attractions and you’ll often find that just one day on Longleat Estate simply isn’t enough if you are keen to explore everything that it has to offer.

Longleat Safari Park

Of course the safari park has become the most popular aspect of the estate’s offering, affording guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in array of animals across hundreds of acres of Wiltshire countryside. This includes ginormous giraffe’s, cheeky cheetah’s and not to mention Longleat’s Lions.

You can take your own car through the safari (if you are brave enough), or alternatively jump on board one of Longleat’s buses and get chauffeured around the estate.

Longleat House & Gardens

Inside Longleat House

Longleat House is enough of an attraction in itself to warrant a visit, being considered to be one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture remaining in our country. Inside the house you will find countless examples of artistic majesty and priceless antiques which are sure to appeal to the art lovers amongst you.

Guided tours are available allowing you to explore this stunning stately home and the many artistic masterpieces which have been collected by the Thynne family over the centuries. This includes paintings of countless historic figures and family members dating back to 1567. You will also have the opportunity to view paintings produced by legendary figures of the art world on account of the owner’s passion for art; a trait which has been passed down the generations.

In addition to its artistic wonders, Longleat House is also renowned for its gorgeous gardens. There are two of these on show which following very different approaches. The Formal Gardens lie to the North of Longleat house and continue to adhere to the designs initially implemented by architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville in 1805. Here you can sit back and take in the majesty of the area from The Orangery which serves a delightful selection of teas, coffees, cakes and pastries.

Over to the South West of Longleat House are the Pleasure Gardens which were designed by Lancelot Brown in the mid-18th century in an attempt to modernise the parkland. Brown sought to create a natural feel and much of his original designs remain in place to this day. Brown is generally regarded in the industry as being one of England’s Greatest Gardeners and Longleat affords you the opportunity to have a first-hand glimpse of one of Brown’s finest works.

Visiting Longleat Estate

Longleat Estate is the perfect destination for a fun family day out the next time you are staying at Cheddar Woods. If you are one of our long term Cheddar Woods holiday home owners and haven’t already been to the attraction, you would be wise to rectify this terrible sin as quickly as possible.

The journey typically takes less than an hour by car and you are sure to want to make a return visit once you’ve got a feel for everything that Longleat Estate has to offer.

Longleat Opening Times:

Peak Periods: 10:00 – 18:00
Peak Summer Periods: 10:00 – 19:00
Off Peak Periods: 10:00 – 17:00

Make sure you don’t miss out on a fun family day out at Longleat the next time you are staying at Cheddar Woods!

Photo Credits: Maigheach-gheal, Karen Roe, Lucy Djevdet, Karen Roe, Ljuba Brank, Karen Roe, Derek Voller

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