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Bowood House & Gardens

Fascinating Georgian House and exceptional ‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens.

  • 4.6

  • from 1549 Google reviews

A large stone building with a clock tower in a garden
A large stone building with a clock tower in a garden

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About the garden

With a historic house to explore, award-winning gardens to admire, a renowned adventure playground for children and a woodland oasis to wander through, there’s something for all the family at Bowood in Wiltshire. The Grade I listed country abode has been home to the Lansdowne Family since 1754.

Surrounding it are 100 acres of stunning grounds, and gardens designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Watch vivid Tulips bloom in the Italian-inspired Terrace Gardens in spring, see the 70ft long herbaceous border radiate colour throughout the year and take an exclusive tour of the remarkable Private Walled Garden. You won’t want to miss the spectacular 30-acre Woodland Gardens, open for six weeks only during the flowering season, covered in a breathtaking carpet of Bluebells and sprinkled with beautiful Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.

Complete your day with an ice cream from the Kiosk or a tasty light bite from the Treehouse Café while the kids play on the life-size pirate ship and Wiltshire’s most famous slide.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Bowood House & Gardens.

Opening times

30 March - 1 November 2021 Every Day 11AM - 6PM Last Entry 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

100 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - Borrow on the day

Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

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Find the garden

Bowood House & Gardens
SN11 0LZ
Sat Nav Postcode
SN11 9NF
Public Transport
Several bus services connect to Chippenham train station (6 miles away) though there is a 1 mile walk down a narrow country lane (no footpath) from Studley Crossroads to reach the House.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 1549 Google reviews

* Zeeby

9 months ago


Bowood is a wonderful place for relaxation and leisure. The main attraction is a stunning house with an impressive art collection. There is a small shop and restaurant as well. The house is surrounded by a formal garden and a big parkland with arboretum, lake, cascade, boat house and temple. There is a something special for families with children, a superb kindergarten situated just next to the entrance and car park. On other end of an estate for separate admission, is located garden with famous collection of rhododendrons and flowers.

Edward Balch

8 months ago


Love,y experiences at Bowood House. The gardens are so relaxing, with fabulous views over the lake and follies. The waterfalls I are an unexpected but amazing experience, we love exploring the grotto paths and secret passageways. Great coffee shop and facilities. With a visit for the whole family.


4 months ago


A place to visit on a sunny day. Great day out with plenty of space to park. Good areas for the kids to play and for the adults to walk. I wished though there was more to see in the house. Perhaps we are just used to visiting larger houses.

Ms Mabel

5 months ago


Amazing place for all, £15 entry and the day is yours. Either bring a picnic or there is a cafe and restaurant available. The grounds are magnificent beautiful at all angles a fabulous pathed walk with so with amazing beauty spots all the way. Worth a visit a great way for fun, fresh air and exercise and I forgot to mention there's a huge kids playground 😀 I was too old for the death slide 😫

Valerie Lowes

6 months ago


Spent a lovely afternoon with the granddaughters at Bowood House & Gardens. The grounds are stunning with a beautiful lake, the formal garden is gorgeous. However, the playpark was a real winner with the children, upon entry all we could hear was "WoW, this is amazing". It was a fabulous fun day. Great place to take a picnic, there are refreshments available to buy, good quality and not overly expensive. Would recommend a visit whether you have children in tow or not.

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01249 812102

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