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2. Longleat

Top 10 ten places to visit in South West England - Salisbury and Wiltshire

Longleat

Set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain.

The present Marquess of Bath’s father, the 6th Marquess, opened Longleat House to the public on a fully commercial basis in 1949 – the first stately home in the country to accept paying visitors, and a sign of the rapidly changing fortunes of the post-war aristocracy.

Longleat opened the first Safari Park outside of Africa in 1966. Today it is difficult to imagine the furore aroused when the plans for a 100-acre lion reserve were made public, with dire warnings of big cats running amok in the Wiltshire countryside, local clergymen were up in arms and there were even questions asked in the Houses of Parliament.

In spite of the fears however the concept of a drive through safari park proved hugely popular and forty years on, Longleat Safari Park remains one of the country’s leading wildlife attractions.

Longleat now encompasses a wide range of attractions to suit visitors of all ages… find yourself going round in circles in the Longleat Hedge Maze, journey on the Safari Boats for a sea-lion escorted cruise, enjoy a fun-packed ride on the Longleat Railway or let the kids let off steam in the Adventure Castle. 
 
Facilities at Longleat include a restaurant, cafes and a gift shop. 

Longleat Address:
The Estate Office
Longleat
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 7NW England, UK

Longleat Opening Times:
28th March to 31st October 
House
Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, (5.30 pm on weekends, school and Bank Holidays)
Safari Park
Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm,  (5.00 pm on weekends, school and Bank Holidays)
All Other Activities
11.00 am to 5.00 pm, (10.30 am to 5.30 pm on weekends, school and Bank Holidays)
 
Opening times may vary annually. View full details of opening times here.

Longleat Admission:
The Longleat Passport Ticket
Enjoy over 12 amazing attractions at one superb price! Not only does it save you almost 50% off the combined individual attractions’ admission prices, but it is also valid throughout the season so you can come back and enjoy the magic of Longleat as often as you like!
 
Discover the magnificent animals in the Safari Park today and come back next week to admire the treasures and heirlooms of Longleat House or to voyage along the Longleat Railway - the choice is yours!

Passport Ticket
Adult £24.00
Child (3-14 years) £17.00
Senior Citizen (60+ years) £19.00
 
Longleat House and Lord Bath’s Murals
A tour of the Murals is free when accompanied by a valid Longleat House & Ground ticket or Passport Ticket.
Tours of Lord Bath’s Murals can be booked at the Front Desk of Longleat House on the day of your visit. At busy times the tour of Longleat House may be restricted for conservation reasons.Tours are subject to availability.

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Accommodation and eating out near Longleat House and Safari Park

Bishopstrow House Hotel and Raqdale Spa, http://www.bishopstrow.co.uk/

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/bathspa/
 
Ston Easton Park Hotel, http://www.stoneastern.co.uk/

Pratt’s Hotel, http://www.prattshotel.co.uk/
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