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“Something for all the family” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park
Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon SN5 3PA, England
+44 1793 466664
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Swindon
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, Cafe & Tea Rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.
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“Something for all the family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Before planning a visit, I recommend checking the informative website in case one wishes to attend/avoid certain events.
The extensive grounds, carpeted with well-established spring bulbs on my most recent visit, are attractively laid out with lake, walks and play areas for children - but my interest was in the house and church, for which there is a modest charge. Within the house there are only seven rooms open to the public, each one lovingly restored and furnished to give visitors a fair idea of what Lydiard House was like in better days. Children are welcome - there is a small table, chairs and printed matter (a suggested trail?) suitable for them in the Great Hall and dressing-up items in the Morning Room. My favourite item has always been the Painted Window - by van Linge - in the blue dressing-room although it is no longer possible to get up close and marvel over the quirky figures and lifelike plants, flowers and fruits. There is more of van Linge's work to be seen in the church (key obtainable from Reception on request) as well as the famous Golden Cavalier. Postcards, guide book and a small selection of related items are on sale at Reception, where the staff are extremely helpful.
The only black mark at Lydiard was earned by the Coach House Tea Rooms: I had planned to lunch there but decided instead on a warming, hastily-eaten bowl of nondescript soup because, although the kitchen had a 5 out of 5 Hygiene rating and there was a notice outside stating that only Guide Dogs were permitted, I counted three dogs, not on leads, in the dining area. I could tolerate the chill, the unswept floor and crumbs on the plastic tablecloth - but NOT dogs sniffing out and consuming food debris underneath the tables. A half-door at the entrance would be in keeping with the coach house/stable theme and, it is to be hoped, deter dog-walkers from bringing their pets inside.
The nearby toilet block was warm and dog-free.

Visited April 2013
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“Improved so much in the last few years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is a wonderful park on the outskirts of Swindon; which is all the better for the investment that the local council have put in recently

Great place to go for a walk, the walled garden looks great.

My suggestion is that there is a gift shop to buy stuff there as there is a potential & it's been missed

Visited April 2013
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“Warm welcome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

A lovely place with staff that coul not help enough. What you can see of the house is limited but well worth seeing. The painting collection is impressive and the information provided is both interesting and enlightening.
The church, next to the house, is kept locked and understandably so. the key can bw obtained from the house, and is worth the effort. It is full of treasures including the grand family monuments.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely on a sunny day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Lydiard park is great when you have a bit of sunshine. You can hire BBQ's for half a day or full day (can't take your own I don't think) which is fab. There are play areas for children, lovely walks, a lake, a café, ice cream kiosk, and a new rope trail park. However, that really isn't suitable for young children. The only criticism I have is the cleanliness of the toilet facilities and the fact that there isn't a better indoor play area for children. However, we go there lots and think it is great!

Visited March 2013
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“Lydiard House, Walled Garden and Coach House Tea Rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Lydiard house is set in large grounds which are open and free all year round with parking at 'the park' and next to the house /conference centre. (If you are only going to the house make sure you follow directions to the Conference Centre and house unless you want to walk through the parkland to get to the House)
The grounds are informal, well maintained grass and woodland with a couple of lakes and an ice house. There are lots of walks around the grounds as well as a good play park for children and the proverbial ducks to feed, so if you want a family 'picnic' day this could be the place for you BUT be warned people do walk dogs here, sometimes off leads.

We started with coffee and something to eat in the Coach House Tea Rooms and whilst the food (Broccoli and Stilton Soup for me and Ham & Cheese Panini for my husband) was above average, but nothing special, the seating area was freezing! There is no heating at all in the old stable block and whilst I am sure it’s probably lovely in the summer it’s no fun on a cold spring day. Fortunately the toilets are well heated so nip in there for a warm up if you need to.

The areas of the house that are open to the public are well maintained with plenty to look at. there are 'push button' audio posts that give information and plenty of notes about interesting articles as well as lists of the pictures.
Its not a big area to look at with only four to five rooms accessible in total and by going midweek we had lots of room to take our time with few other people visiting.
The history of the house and family is very interesting and it’s well worth the entrance fee which includes access to the walled gardens.
Walled gardens in spring are gardens waking up, very nicely laid out and tidy with a few interesting spots and I'm sure in summer when they are in full growth/bloom they look splendid.

I wanted to see the church; it was closed, very firmly closed! We walked the graveyard and I took some and on arriving home I have found a little note on the website that says:-
"Visitors to Lydiard House can sign out a key to visit St Mary's Church during house opening hours of Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm (winter closing at 4pm) when the church is not in use for services."
It would have been nice if the lady that sold me the tickets on our way in had told us that or at least asked if we wanted to see the church. I'm sure there is probably a sign somewhere that lets people know, but if there is I didnt see it.

All in all Lydiard is not bad moving to lovely in the summer sun, a great picnic destination with plenty of space for the children to run around and burn off energy or just to stroll and en joy after you have visited the main house.

[NB: the 2-3hrs includes walking around the park land, if you are not doing that then allow 1-2 hours]

Visited March 2013
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