Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy

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 houses 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 churches 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.

This picture credited to the National Trust

FAQ and Further Information Stourhead

Is there food and drink available?

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

What are the main things to do?

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.

What are the ticket prices?

*free, for members of National Trust or mid-range.u003cbru003e*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.

Is there parking?

There is a small charge to park, parking is free, for National Trust members.

When are they open?

Stourhead is open for most of the year although the house doesn’t stay open all winter. For up-to-date opening times and dates u003ca href=u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eplease follow this linku003c/au003e.

Dog friendly?

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

Are they accessible?

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Guest post with thanks to Devon Mama

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