Stourhead

Stourhead, National Trust
Stourton, Wiltshire

Average time spent – 3-5+ hours.

Things to do at Stourhead, National Trust review

Stourhead Estate is a National Trust property just off the A303 in Wiltshire. Like most National Trust properties, it’s either house or gardens that win you over and in this one, it’s the gardens. Whilst the house is no slouch (trust me, it’s beautiful… and huge!), the gardens are incredible.

The entrance is on top of the edge of a valley so when you get there you’ve got no real idea of what’s about to hit you. As you walk down the hill into the estate it starts to open up. There’s a feeling of ‘old-world’ about the place and it’s perpetuated by the small number of houses and church that form part of the estate.

To the right, the gardens begin with a huge kitchen garden. They sit inside the protection of beautifully crafted walls and greenhouses; stepping up closer and closer toward the house. To the left, the main attraction begins – the main estate. Set around a huge lake, the garden is a riot of colour throughout the year but especially in the Autumn. You’ll often see images of the trees at Stourhead in the national papers around October time, the golds, bronzes and bright reds aligning to make a spectacular sight.

Around the lake walk are plenty of places for picnics or just resting weary legs. There are various buildings as you walk around also; a stone grotto complete with statues, picturesque bridges, various follies and my favourite Temple of the Apollo. You may recognize the Apollo, it’s the setting for some of the external scenes in Keira Knightley’s Pride and Prejudice.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.

Important Information Stourhead

Eating – There is a pub and an ice-cream parlour. You can picnic in the grounds.

Facilities in brief – National Trust property with Spectacular gardens and a house you can visit. Plus a walk around a lake with follies. There are toilets a pub and an ice-cream parlour.

Entry price – *FREE for members of National Trust or mid-range.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of National Trust or mid-range. Adult ticket £13, child £6.50. Other pricing options are available.

Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome, on a lead, from 2pm in the gardens between early March to early November and all day for the rest of the year.

OpeningStourhead is open for most of the year although the house doesn’t stay open all winter. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Information on accessibility

Address: Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF, Wiltshire, England. Phone: 01747 841152

Guest post with thanks to Devon Mama

Category – Historical Property – Indoors and outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

Stourhead
Stourhead
This picture credited to the National Trust

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23 comments

  1. What a beautiful place to have a day out. We are so lucky to have so many beautiful places for days out across the UK and this is a great way of showcasing them!

  2. Ohh I love the idea behind this guest series and this place sounds stunning. I would love to go there in autumn to see all the colours.zx #twinklyTuesday

  3. We love Stourhead too and have visited a couple of times. We’re an hour away in the other direction 🙂 we’re so fortunate to have some amazing places in the UK #TwinklyTuesday

  4. I keep saying I need to visit Stourhead but we still haven’t got there. I am determined that this will be the year as it is not too far from us

  5. What a great place to pick, I have visited Stourhead once and I cannot wait to go back. It is the most stunning place, and I love how it changes over the seasons too.

  6. I love national trust sites and this is perfectly captured! As my little family and I reside in London it’s a bit far to travel but could see us visiting this place should we ever be in Wiltshire. #KCACOLS

  7. What a great idea for a guest series! I’d love to join in but will have to have a think about what’s I’d recommend. Stourhead really does look like a great day out and the photos are stunning. #KCACOLS

  8. It looks like a lovely place to visit. When you have kids you need spots like this to visit I think. Love the recovering sleep addict bit. I think I must be affected by that as well

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