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3. Stourhead

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Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead features one of the world's finest 18th-century landscape gardens. A magnificent lake is central to the design, and there are classical temples, enchanting grottos and rare and exotic trees.

The Hoare family history can be uncovered at Stourhead House, a majestic Palladian mansion housing a unique Regency library with fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, all set amid delightful lawns and parkland. Stourhead is at the heart of a 2,650-acre estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for nature conservation.

There are spectacular views from the top of King Alfred's Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain, and two Iron Age Hill-forts to explore. Facilities include a shop, a farm shop and a restaurant.

Stourhead Address:
Stourhead Estate Office
BA12 6QD
England, UK

Stourhead Opening Times:
All year, Daily, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

House and King Alfred's Tower
13th March to 31st October, Monday, Tuesday and Friday to Sunday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

All year, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

1st January to 28th February, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
1st March to 31st October, Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
1st November to 31st December, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Farm Shop 
2nd January to 26th March, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
27th March to 23rd December, Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Garden, house and tower close dusk if earlier. Last admission to house and tower 4.00 pm (closing 4.30 pm). Restaurant & shop closed 25th December.

Stourhead Admission:
House and Garden
Adult £12.80
Child £6.40
Family £30.40

Garden or House
Adult £7.70
Child £4.20
Family £18.30

King Alfred's Tower
Adult £3.10
Child £1.60
Family £6.90

T  +44 (0)1747 841152

   +44 (0)1747 842012 / 01747 842018 (Learning)

   +44 (0)870 240 4068 (Box office)

Accommodation and eating out near Stourhead

Bishopstrow House Hotel and Raqdale Spa,

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel,
Ston Easton Park Hotel,

Pratt’s Hotel,

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