Longleat House
Longleat House
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Darryl Dooley
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feedback from our visit
    We visited yesterday and started with the house tour where we met Tim who was our guide. He was very knowledgeable and tried to include everyone in the experience, he was witty and very good at inclusion to try and deliver a good impression to all the visitors, I enjoyed the tour and his delivery. We then walked the grounds & gardens which are exquisite and very well maintained. We finished our day with the safari and it’s good to see animals in a natural environment and I imagine all the game keepers are highly trained and love their jobs, I am truly envious of their position. The marquis & his new wife Emma appear to be happy and we both thank you for allowing us to visit parts of your home, it truly is a magnificent estate. Lots of love & best regards from Darryl & Sharon x
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • ClaireS S
    Dorchester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    Absolutely incredible house, so much to see. Our guide (I think he was called Mark) had such an impressive breadth of knowledge and really brought the place alive. My 16 year old daughter and I really enjoyed the tour - my only complaint is that I could have spent far longer looking at everything...
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Matthew
    Cambridge, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great experience!
    My first time at Longleat house and it was amazing. So many treasures and stories to take in on the tour it was hard to take it all in. Staff were very knowledgable and welcoming, particularly Lisa who showed us through.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • tweetyEngland
    Liverpool, United Kingdom166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful House and tour
    What a wonderful experience on the tour today . The tour guide was friendly and informative. The house is magnificent and grand . We even got to meet the Marchioness of Bath ad she passed by us . I would highly recommend a vist to the house and grounds
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Emma H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A grandma, a husband and a toddler all had a great day
    Been wanting to come for many years and it didn't disappoint. We first did the safari in our car. We were all big kids and laughed so much. My 2.5year old was absolutely mesmorised. The monkey section which you can avoid on the safari was a great laugh and we only lost a few objects off the car. The dear were also great as you could buy food and wind down your windows to feed them. When exiting the safari you make your way to the house. Upon parking up we went for a drink and little break in the cafe. The animal section is brilliantly set out. There was lots of space on the walk ways and never worried about our little boy taking anyone out. The little train was a great experience for our little boy. Around 12 minutes round the park. After we did the jungle cruise. A fantastic experience were you can buy fish and watch the sealions get very excited in the water. We got close to the gorilla island which was also a fantastic experience. At 3pm we had the house tour booked. We decided it would be too much for our boy so my husband took him to the play area and to explore more of the animals. I'm glad we did this as the tour was well over an hour. My favourite part of the tour was our amazing tour guide Polly. She was so well informed and made it incredibly interesting. I love history and seeing the sheer magnificence of longleat was a pure joy for me and my mum. It is a big tour so be aware of that if you struggle with walking. But there was seats every now and again and a lift for people who were struggling. One of the most beautiful moments was seeing lady Emma's wedding dress on display with it been their 10 year anniversary. It was simply breath taking. When the tour was ended we popped into Emmas kitchen and bought some beautiful chocolates. Would 100% recommend going to longleat. I hope to come back in the future.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Alfie W
    Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour with Tim
    We had a wonderful house tour yesterday. The house is stunning and there is such a range of interests from artwork, furniture, instruments, history and more. Tom our guide was just fantastic! We had a varied group with some who loved house tours and some who we had ‘ dragged along’ and Tim did such a fantastic job of listening to everybody’s interests and tailoring his tours to suit. It made us feel like the tour was really well considered and thought out. Plus his interest and love of the building and family history was obvious and absolutely made the tour what it was! Thanks so much it was great!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Judi V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gobsmackingly Incredible
    Had an exclusive tour of the stately home with our BackRoads tour today. Mark was our guide. - what a completely gobsmackingly beautiful stately home - incredibly beautiful with decorations from renaissance period and ideas gathered from Italian palaces. Totally stunning - the absolute highlight of our trip around the heart of England. Didn't get to see the safari park though. Totally worth the trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Beth H
    150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour with Piper
    We had a lovely tour of the house with Piper, he was very knowledgeable. Made the whole 1hr tour interesting that didn't realise it had been that only. He was good with the kids that were on the tour to. Would really recommend if you are interested in the history of the property.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
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TractorRides
United Kingdom32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
An experience of two half’s one excellent, one not so good.

We decided to spend the morning exploring the grounds of the house before driving through the safari in the afternoon.

The house was spectacular and formal gardens were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride to feed the sea lions, seeing a verity of animals in the Jungle Kingdom and although we didn’t find time for the train ride or maze these did look like a great deal of fun.

Unfortunately many of the other attractions seemed to either be closed for repair or only partly open. The Rocking Rhino ride was closed and on one of the hottest days of the year the water park in the Adventure Castle play area was only partly working.

At lunch time we tried to dine at the Chameleon Tree Restaurant but more than half the venue was shut. In the remaining open portion tables were dirty left unclean and no air conditioning meant the dining experience was like sitting in a sauna. The queues for service at the tills were very long as the restaurant were very understaffed with only one till operational and the food offering seemed to be reduced compared to what one would normally expect. The situation seemed to be the same at the Picnic Basket and Ice Cream kiosks where lines of people were nearly 30deep in the afternoon just to buy an ice lolly.

On speaking to a annual membership holder it seems Covid has resulted in cuts being made and belts tightened that may explain these reductions in the attraction offering and staffing levels. Whilst understandable for an attraction that must have found it hard to survive economically through Covid restrictions it has to be said that these clearly have a negative impact on the experience of visitors and result in a feeling that the attraction did not offer good value for money considering the high ticket price.

Notwithstanding the above issues our afternoon drive through safari experience was second to none. Taking tome to drive through the animal enclosures at our own pace and see so many wild animals so close up was spectacular and will live long in the memory. Feeding the deers through open car windows and a very friendly giraffe that escorted us around the park we’re particular highlights.

I think on balance we had a great day and would recommend this to others. But I would recommend taking a pre packed picnic rather than relying on purchasing food at the venue.
Written July 22, 2021
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LJS1976
Taunton, UK20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited the park today as a family of 6. We were expecting some of the exhibits and attractions to be shut however, disappointingly most of them were. The maze can only be pre booked on the day and arriving at 11 am meant it was already fully booked. There were a lot of annoyed visitors being turned away. Understandable to put in place social distancing measures apart from that customers are then expected to queue cheek to jowl for an hour to wait for the train with no staff monitoring or encouraging social distancing. They then put in place social distance on the train which is pointless when an hour has been spent standing in a queue together. The boat wasn’t running due to high winds although there were none and it hit 22 degrees while we were there. I contacted Customer Services and was sent a bland blanket email response which was disappointing. They weren’t interested.

Don’t waste your money. It definitely isn’t worth it at the moment. The only saving grace was the Safari which was great. Def better places to go, particularly with teenagers. We had been really looking forward to visiting the park but it did not live up to our expectations.
Written August 26, 2020
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MuttsC
Knaresborough, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We booked 2 days at longleat as a little break away for the kids since our main holiday was cancelled. I was a bit worried about if we’d get the right experience since it had only recently reopened after the pandemic closure. I booked the bronze VIP tour so we could do the safari park ride in a landrover with a tour guide. It was one of the best days the kids have ever had. We spent 3hrs on the safari ride with a driver called Richard. He was a great guy, informative, interesting and very comical, even despite the screen up separating us we had a great laugh with him, we saw far more of the animals we would have done in our own car and learnt so much about the park. He even stopped for us to grab lunch so we didn’t have to walk back up for it. After lunch we were on our own to explore the walk around parts. I was really impressed with the park, the guidelines were being followed but it still felt like a nice normal day out. The park is immaculately clean, the animals very well cared for and every toilet block has someone monitoring it, cleaning each cubicle after use. Most things are open with just limited numbers in each so we did have a bit of a queue for the popular areas but that’s not the parks fault. There was plenty to do if you didn’t want to queue. All in all we had a great day out and was really impressed by the quality of the park and the staff that worked there.
Written July 24, 2020
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Gareth
Cardiff, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Here's my pros and cons... the safari is entertaining for the kids (be prepared for monkeys removing your Ariel and wipers unless you remove your Ariel first and use your window washers as defence). The queues can be considerable everywhere during school holidays (so be prepared to wait for food, drink, boat trip, train ride, toilets). The boat trip and train ride are very entertaining for the kids. We went in August 2021 and it didn't advertise anywhere that Lady Bath had locked down her house because of covid-19 so you can't go in the house even though Lady Bath is very happy for you to pay £122 for you to go onto about 10% of her estate. Slightly had the feeling of being ripped off there. Not a bad place to go but I'd suggest that you wait until the house eventually opens up to the general public before you part with such an amount of money.
Written August 23, 2021
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Carl L
Chandler’s Ford, UK16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
I've really loved visiting longleat in the past, however, I'm sad to say that we won't be returning anytime soon. The Christmas festival of lights seemed like it could have been good, however, longleat had sold far too many tickets and as a result no one could enjoy the experience. We arrived on Wednesday 28th December 2022 with great anticipation of a lovely family day out but what ensued was endless queues. It took over 2 hours to go around the safari, and we missed large parts of it. Even arriving early the animals are often locked in behind fences with only the poor monkeys braving the cold and wet weather. I'm sad to say that over the years, it has become less and less like a safari, and more like driving around a zoo with the animals in cages/pens. With never an apology or explanation, as to why?
The Roald Dahl festival of lights might have been good but the sheer number of people made the experience impossible. Luckily we brought some food with us and ate in the car during the "drive thru zoo" queue, as the catering outlets looked completely overwhelmed. I do wonder what Alexandar Tynn (7th marquess of Bath) would make of it all?
But all in all not a very good day and a waste of £80+ and all the driving ☹️ please try and get things back to how they were.
Written December 29, 2022
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Matt K
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
If you ever ride a bike — as I know many parents do — I implore you never to visit this place. Because they treat cyclists with less respect than their animals.

On Saturday, I was enjoying a lovely 100-mile ride through Wiltshire, and my route took me into Longleat. It’s a truly breathtaking place, and I was propelled to the mansion by one of the most perfect tailwinds I’ve ever experienced. I’ve had a rough year so far, and for the first time, I felt great.

When I got to the mansion, I decided to take a photo of the magnificent lion sculpture in its grounds. I observed a “no bikes” sign, so I got off my bike and pushed it to the lion, took a quick snap, and continued on my way. The grounds were completely empty at this point and I was endangering absolutely no one.

As I was leaving the grounds, a huge security vehicle pulled up in front of me, and a security guard jumped out and approached me. He told me that he’d had a report that there was a cyclist in front of the mansion. I explained that I’d just wanted to take a photo of the lion, so I’d got off my bike and pushed. Then came the killer line:

“You have a cycle. Therefore you are a cyclist. And cyclists aren’t allowed in there.”

There you go. Longleat basically thinks that if you even so much as own a bike you are a sub-human species. I pointed out to him that as I wasn’t on the bike I was technically (and legally) a pedestrian, and the poor man looked a bit embarrassed about the whole thing.

I completely understand that Longleat is private property and that cyclists are only allowed there by permission, but this outdated and frankly pathetic attitude speaks volumes about the people who own and run the place. If they were more welcoming to cyclists and opened a cycling-friendly cafe they could probably make a fortune; as I said before, it’s a wonderful place to ride through.

If you and your family are staying at Center Parcs and rediscovering or indulging the joy of cycling, please think carefully about whether you want to visit Longleat. Take your kids for a bike ride around Shearwater instead; it’s just as nice and you won’t be funding aggressive, regressive hatred towards a group of people who are simply doing something they love.
Written March 14, 2022
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CAN745
Rayleigh, Essex15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Extremely expensive and not worth the money. Paid just under £80 for 2 people with no concessions for over 65s. They then want another £5 each to go in the house and if you don’t want to get your car ruined by monkeys and deer, suggest you go on the bus for another £9 per person (we didn’t) - the buses were rammed anyway and they won’t let you book the afternoon bus until an hour or so before it left which means coming all the way back to book it. If we’d done these things it would have cost us almost £110. Certainly wouldn’t go back. Heaven only knows how families can afford it.
Written September 17, 2023
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maziejane
england73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our second visit with the kids did not disappoint, spending the day in the activities area and the winter safari was amazing.

We loved the light exhibition and in particular the Night Story where there are birds of prey used in the story.

Kids favourite was the safari and the boat trips.

Well worth a visit regardless of the time of year it is a lovely place.
Written February 4, 2020
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Matt_ayers80
London, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We came for a visit just after the park had reopened following the lockdown due to Covid-19.

The Safari itself did not seem to impacted by the post lockdown distancing measures, probably in no small part due to the fact we were in our own car. The rest of the attractions did have some distancing measures and there are distancing marks all round the park. There were a few bits closed although this may be due to maintenance or the fact they could not reasonably distance.

The boys had a great day out and loved all the animals. The park seemed well cared for and the animals looked healthy. We were able to see most of the safari animals close up, they were all fairly close to the road which was great (although as wild animals I’m sure that can’t be guaranteed).

I was pleased we took our own lunch, the queues at lunchtime for the food places looked quite long, even taking into account distancing measures.

The toilets also had very long queues owing to distancing and regular cleaning / disinfecting.

For somewhere that had just reopened they were making the best of the situation. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Written June 30, 2020
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Sunset1966
Trowbridge, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
For my husband's birthday what could I buy him that was special? Feeding the tigers at Longleat of course!!
We had to arrive at 0830am and were slightly earlier! We were greeted by Steve who invited us into the hut for a hot drink and to wait the keeper and the other 2 guests (who were late!!!).
Two other members of staff turned up (sorry I cannot remember your names). But can we just say what a pleasure it is to meet and interact with the Longleat staff. You are a credit to yourselves and to Longleat. Friendly, chatty, answering questions etc.
We then met Hannah who was our keeper for the VIP tour. Off we went in the zebra Land Rover to meet BIG RED.
What a beauty he is, AND HUGE!! Hannah was informative and again answered all our questions. Showed us how to feed Big Reg and then it was our turn. He is amazing and soooo gentle. He also "talks"!! The cubs and mum were out the back but we could see them.
After the VIP tour we were then able to visit the rest of Longleat, which we have done many times before being local, but, you never tire of the animals, the park, the whole experience.
The lady in the house in the Great Hall was also friendly, informative and willing to chat
All in all The Thynne Family have done a wonderful job with Longleat and it is worth buying a year pass, and visit as much as you can.
The VIP experiences are not cheap but you get 20% off with a year pass.
Brilliant.
Written January 1, 2020
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