Longleat House

Longleat House, Warminster: Hours, Address, Longleat House Reviews: 4.5/5

Longleat House
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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2-3 hours
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London, UK6 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We purchased tickets for 25th August with rain forecast and severe weather warnings issued! We were concerned the day would be a complete waste of time as a result but by some miracle the weather was kind to us with just a couple of showers throughout the day and bright sunshine the rest of the time.

We arrived after midday for our 1pm safari slot and walked around the grounds of the house. It is stunning! The grounds are a huge expanse of gorgeously kept lawns and gardens. The safari was amazing. The park with zoo was brilliant! We ran out of time. We hadn't realised there would be so much to do there!

Will definitely go back - can easily spend the entire day here. So much to do and see. You won't regret your visit

Was also really impressed at the prices in the gift store too. I purchased a big embroidered wolf teddy for my daughter and it was £15... Most other park type places you'd be paying closer to £30 for a momento that size!

The whole day was really good value for money
Written August 27, 2020
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Cardiff, UK48 contributions
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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Bristol, UK23 contributions
Mar 2020
We went on a reptile VIP experience trip yesterday (8th March) and had a great time. All throughout the day the staff were really friendly and genuine. The VIP pass gave us free access to all areas, that included our reptile experience (behind the scenes with a keeper holding and looking at some amazing reptiles), all the animal parks as well as access to Longleat House, where we walked through all the amazing rooms. and a free trip on the boat cruise to see the monkeys, gorillas and sea lions. We opted to pay for the safari bus and we were glad we did, it was amazing and only £5 each which was very good value for money, with loads of good photo opportunities, the driver was amazing, funny, knew all the animals by name 10/10. All the animals we saw were in amazing condition in large spacious enclosures, which was very good to see. There were so many highlights, it would be impossible to write about them on this page. Please if you go, do not drive through the monkey enclosure. We watched the monkeys dismantling every car as it went through, you can bypass the monkey enclosure we recommend you do.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jersey, UK11 contributions
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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Taunton, UK21 contributions
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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60 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Family day with two girls aged 8 and 5 they loved the day. Safari was great and well organised with time slots and is super safe because you are in the car.

The park was also well organised in the main in regard to Covid with sanitizer stations throughout and very well organised when you entered shops with control of numbers entering at one time. Staff all very friendly and engaging. Clearer markings and a one way system in the park would have helped and times congestion sand number of people queing made social distancing difficult. All in all a lovely day out for families.
Written August 11, 2020
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Knaresborough, UK33 contributions
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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London, UK174 contributions
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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england56 contributions
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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Trowbridge, UK6 contributions
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.
Written January 1, 2020
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