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Bowood House & Gardens

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

  • 4.6

  • from 1362 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 1362 Google reviews

Steve hall

4 months ago


Excellent and well worth a visit. Setting is wonderful, staff so helpful and friendly. Please pass on these comments to the Marquis and his dedicated team. One of the best stately homes I've visited

Heather Harvey

3 months ago


Lovely place that is an independent stately home. The walk outside had gorgeous views and long sprawling hills and interesting vistas through trees. We were very surprised to see so many Canadian geese on the lawn! The house inside is thoughtfully laid out in a route which shows you principal rooms as well as informative panels describing the history of the house and the financial toll history has taken on it. We will continue to visit it to contribute to the upkeep of a piece of history. Thank you for a lovely day.

Dominic Jarvis

9 months ago


Absolutely loved it. First time we've been bk after lockdown. My 9 year old son had a great time playing. And I had a catch up with mum and dad. Season ticket holders now. We will be bk.

Keith Allen

8 months ago


The house was closed. However the grounds are lovely to walk around. There is a good cafe and Ben he's to sit on. There is a great kids outdoor play park.

Will Sheppard

7 months ago


Absolutely fantastic place, great for families and so much space for beautiful picnics. Incredible waterfall too.. highly recommended

Contact the garden

01249 812102

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