Dyrham Park is a seventeenth-century mansion, set in an ancient deer park just eight miles from the city of Bath. As you arrive, take in the spectacular sweeping views leading down to this elegant baroque country house, and to the Severn Estuary beyond.
Inside the mansion, you can learn about the Blathwayt family, view their collection of artwork, ceramics, furniture and Dutch delftware and explore the Victorian kitchen. Extensive work is being carried out in the formal gardens to create a twenty-first-century garden with echoes of the past. And no visit would be complete without spotting some of the 200-strong herd of wild fallow deer that roam the estate.
Young explorers can let off steam in the Old Lodge natural play area, grab a new tracker pack bursting with activities for the garden and discover the wildlife in the park. There are plenty of fun-filled events throughout the year, including children’s trails, outdoor theatre and guided walks.
Indulge in tasty, home-cooked food in the stylishly refurbished tearoom, where Dyrham Park venison and pears from the orchard are often used in seasonal dishes. In warmer weather, the tea-garden is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a sumptuous cream tea or a slice of homemade cake.