Bowood House and Gardens
Set within 100 acres of 'Capability' Brown parkland, Bowood House is the magnificent family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne.
Bowood House has a rich history with a wealth of art and antiques on display. Interesting rooms include Robert Adam's Library, the Laboratory where Dr Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, and the Chapel that is still used for family services.
On display within the numerous Exhibition Rooms are remarkable collections of family heirlooms and works of art built up over 250 years. These include Georgian costumes, Victoriana, Indiana and superb collections of watercolours, miniatures and jewellery.
Bowood House is set in the middle of 'Capability' Brown's Grade I park. The upper terrace was designed by Sir Robert Smirk in 1818, the lower terrace by George Kennedy in 1851. The pleasure grounds, which form part of Capability Brown's grand design of 1760, contain an outstanding collection of trees and shrubs, including nine champions.
Bowood's Rhododendron Walks are open from late April to mid-June. Almost 30 original hardy hybrid rhododendrons, which were thought to be extinct, have recently been discovered within the collection making it one of the earliest rhododendron gardens in the country.
Families love the amazing Adventure Playground, one of the most exciting playgrounds in Wiltshire. Bowood boasts a life-size pirate ship, aerial rope walks, giant slides and the famous Space Dive. There is an indoor Soft Play Palace for younger children and the parkland provides ample space for games and picnics, the perfect location for children to burn off their endless energy.
Tractor Ted's Little Farm offers lots to enjoy inside and out for younger children: meet friendly farm animals and handle rabbits, guinea pigs and see chicks hatching. Outside children will enjoy the tractor track and diggers in the ball pit.
A calendar of events operates throughout the season with chances to see lifesize farm machinery and children's activities throughout the school holidays.
The Treehouse is located at the entrance to the grounds, serving a selection of freshly made meals or delicious homemade cakes.
Bowood provides an ideal family day out!