Lydiard Park
Lydiard Park
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Andrew C
    126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressed by the newly refurbished restaurant
    Eight of us arrived at Lydiard Park without knowing quite what to expect. The stables cafe was busy but we realised that the newly refurbished restaurant opposite was open. The menu was fine and the staff provided a table. Three of us had gourmet burgers, three had chicken ceasar salad, one had nachos with cheese and an older member of our party has a child's portion of chicken gougons and chips. The service was efficient and friendly, the ambience was pleasant, prices were reasonable and relaxed and we'll certainly visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • tony2
    Cheadle, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out
    We spent a great day out in the grounds of this hall (fortunate to be blessed with a warm sunny day). It was mid-week, out of season so very quiet and plenty of car parking spaces - very reasonable priced for a full day £4.60 parking compared to National Trust properties. We took a picnic, thinking the cafe would be the usual over-priced fare, but we’re surprised how reasonable their prices were compared to every other cafe we’ve seen in the Cotswolds this week; so in the end, we only had a couple of coffees (well made) and quality ice creams. The grounds seem to go for miles, with fabulous views. We only left because our (ageing) dog had had enough after walking for approx 4 hours.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Rob H
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVELY PLACE FOR THE GRANDKIDS
    Me and my wife are visiting my son and daughter in law and their children aged 6 and 3. We heard there was to be a easter egg hunt so arrived. It was £5 per child. I am on a mobility scooter and it was quite easy to get round with the family. It took us about 2 hours to locate all the egg signs then returned back to hand in the grandkids forms, well the disappointment we thought they would get a egg, but the prize was a small pot of green slime. We then headed for a cuppa and ice cream then to a few rides on the fair. Enjoyed the day but felt abit let down with sline for the kids on a Easter Sunday, maybe a creme egg for the kids may have beet a better choice
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
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Richard B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited the Park today with my wife. We arrived around 1:30 pm and parked in the ample Car Park. There is no charge to enter the park but a parking fee is chargeable. The park is extensive with many walk to be had. There is large lake in the centre of the park. The House and Gardens do require a charge. Today the Snowdrops were in full bloom which added a nice touch to our walk. The park is very clean and tidy and looks well cared for. An enjoyable couple of hours spent in lovely surroundings. Will definitely visit again.
Written February 1, 2020
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Heather M
Winchester, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I visited the park today with my 2 grandchildren. The park was understandably busy but this does not excuse the absolutely disgusting state of the lavatories. Only 2 are currently open and both were blocked, the floors were filthy and the smell was overwhelming. The cleanliness of the amenities should be of paramount importance, particularly at the moment in view of COVID. There is absolutely no excuse for this complete lack of hygiene.
Written April 13, 2021
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Gary S
Swindon, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Lydiard House and park is by far the grandest of all the council run country parks in Swindon. The grounds are very well kept with a beautiful remodeled lake in front of the mansion house which hosts weddings and functions. Behind the house are great walks through woods, open spaces and farmland. There is a great adventure playground for the younger ones with a small cafeteria nearby. The woods have one of these adventures in the treetops for the older kids. Well worth a visit and a lovely place to take a picnic in the warmer weather.
Written March 5, 2020
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Glyn P
United Kingdom19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My wife and I regularly walk around the park where there is a lovely wooded walk unfortunately very few dog walkers keep their animals on a lead which is require in this area, also some of these owners do not pick up after their dogs which soils the lawns which families use with children . There is a children's play area (closed at the moment because of Covid19) a tree adventure park for children to climb round (chargeable) and a private garden with BBQs you can hire out for up to 200 people. The park has two lake with wildfowl and plenty of benches to rest on as you wander round.
Written October 5, 2020
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applegate69
Bath, UK946 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This place is ok, the parking should be free.
Loads of space to kick footballs and play games etc and the free to use bbq’s are a good idea.
The prices for the adventure playground are extortionate fora couple of children could add another £30-£50 to your day out.
Don’t bother with the house, not much to see.
Written August 26, 2021
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david n
Manchester, UK4,795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Firstly, the house is set in large grounds which are mainly lawns with an ornamental lake. Clean and well-looked after, it was a pleasure to walk around. The house itself is fabulous and well worth the £5 entry fee. We were so pleased that we discovered this place. Really well-recommended !
Written April 24, 2022
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Julia S
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We attended yesterday for Afternoon Tea and see the walled garden. We arrived earlier than planned so saw the walled garden and then mooched around the park before heading for our afternoon tea. The fact we were early was not a problem and the food was really good and it was certainly value for money, we ended up taking home what we had not eaten.
I’ve a gluten intolerance so my sandwiches had been made Int he morning and the sandwich fillings were different than the ‘normal ones’ but all in all a fabulous time was had by all.
A further mooch around the lake afterwards and a little sit a while waiting for Mr Darcy to arrive and then home to eat up the rest of our afternoon tea.
Written October 29, 2022
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Geoff23
Bristol, UK94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Lovely park, scenic grounds, all very pleasant, but utterly spoiled by serving up the worst coffee at the Forest Cafe that I have ever had....weak, insipid Americanos with hot milk : our daughter's latte was only warm & too milky. The coffee machine at the other cafe remained broken.5 for park, 1 for cafe. average 3.
Written July 28, 2021
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YorkPinky125
York, UK151 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Disappointing family visit, not been before, rainy & cold. Visited on way to Swindon with a view to have a dog walk and get a sweet treat from the cafe. The Coach house looked smart, Thought walled garden would be free but needed a ticket so didn’t go in. Parking fee £2.10 for 2 hours not too bad. Walked to Forest Cafe, toilets scruffy, cafe same and fun fair setting up looked grim. Like I say wet, cold weather not helping this place look it’s best, not somewhere we’d be able to recommend.
Written March 27, 2024
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Mumswindon2017
Swindon, UK57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A lovely park. Parking is expensive if you only want to go for an hour. Very disappointed the large play park remains closed so nothing to do for school aged children. A nice tea room. Lots of nice walks around the park.
Written June 9, 2021
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