Stourhead House and Garden

Stourhead House and Garden, Stourton: Hours, Address, Stourhead House and Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Stourhead House and Garden
Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Stourhead includes a Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden. The garden is perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens, Stourhead is an 18th-century view of an Arcadian paradise. On a plateau of high ground Stourhead house was built and became home to generations of the Hoare family.
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Cheltenham310 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Nearly didn’t go, as for us it was a two hour drive each way on a cold and rainy evening, but we were glad a managed to drag ourselves off the couch and away from the TV.
Fantastic light installations with tasteful musical accompaniment. Very enchanting and magical. It was very busy but well managed, from the car park staff to the trail staff. There were definitely more adults there than children and I think it is definitely more suited to adults as it’s almost more of an art show than anything else. Also the path is steep and could be slippery in wet weather, so not really suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
The plentiful food outlets are very expensive, £6 mulled wine, £6 pasty, £6 pancake. A family could easily spend as much as the entry fee again on food. My recommendation is do what we did and take a flask and sandwiches/snacks.
Written December 28, 2021
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Maz F
2 contributions
Dec 2021
The light show was beautiful and the path safe and easy to navigate considering it is quite dark some of the way around. The light reflections to the water were magical - well done

The serious downside was £3.50 for a pathetic, chocolate flavoured hot water. Such a spoil, don't buy them. If they are going to charge proper money for drinks, make sure it is proper hot chocolate!!! There were four of us and to be honest, felt it a complete rip off, we thought it hadn't been stirred - wrong, was just pathetic effort for a special treat to match the evening

I know the NT has to return a profit for light show and path maintenance but this has to be reviewed - truly awful and tinged the evening
Written December 23, 2021
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Linda W
southampton99 contributions
Sep 2021
The whole day is magical and if anything is designed to life spirits and give you a sense of well being it truly is Stourhead House & Garden. I spent so much time with the lake, walks and gardens I discovered that I did not have time to view he House before closing time so will definitely be visitinf again. When I arrivedto start my walk I was greeted by this lovely lady called Val who is oneof the Guide there and she was about to start a guided wa;l at 11 am, a few minutes away = I personally recommend to anyone if you want to know real information and history o everything wonerful then accept a guided walk. Val was amazing, so much knowledge, extremely interesting in every way whether it was about the family history, the house, the gardens and an absolute expert, vefy intersting to listen and talk to. We were joined by Emma, another National Trust guide and an extremely wonderful hour and half with them. After they left me at the Lake I then went on to explore and walk until 4.15 pm and then began the journey home. A fascinating gorgeous place
Written September 2, 2021
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Bournemouth119 contributions
Sep 2020
Managed to book tickets easily on line. On arrival a 'volunteer' had the unenviable and somewhat pointless task of asking visitors if they had a booking and providing directions to the entrance. That said, the entry process was efficient with minimal queuing.

We understood that there would be certain restrictions due to Covid-19 and that a one way system would be in place. However, essentially visitors are restricted to a gravel path around the lake, which even at a slow pace and with a few rests took just over an hour to complete. You are not allowed onto the grassed area except near the entrance. Understandably the house was closed but had the rest of the gardens been open visitors would have been spread out over the whole gardens and not forced into what at times was an endless parade around the lake.

The cafe was open but the queues were such that we gave up as did many others.

Previous visits have been great and we were looking forward to another one. Sadly, this was not the case. We are NT members so at least only the fuel from Bournemouth was wasted, had we paid £13 each for entry I would have been seeking a refund. Also, are those covered up parking meters in the car park?
Written September 23, 2020
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Mark R
Guildford, UK59 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We visit Stourhead a lot and love the gardens but have never visited whilst the Christmas lights are up. This year we decided to, and booked for a family of four costing £60.
Arrived on time and found the parking being handled efficiently with the fields all boarded over. Good start. We then queued up with pretty good social distancing whilst they checked tickets and let people in.
There was immediately a slow moving queue as people filed along the route where various light arrangements by different artists were laid out. These were all good but could be walked through fairly quickly and nothing really blew us away as being particularly revolutionary. The entire route cuts the usual garden walk dramatically short. You don’t go around the lake at all, and no-where near the usual landmarks such as the grotto which would be impossible to manage with that flow of people. Fair enough but It makes for a short experience which is made longer only by bottlenecks and queues. I expected more use of the lake, snow machines, fog machines, lasers and maybe just a lot more to look at.
Not enough movement. No kinetic energy. It was not worth the money and I could hear a lot of others saying the same. Disappointed murmuring.
There’s no fair or anything particularly interesting other than some mulled wine and hot chocotate stalls. Understood we are in a pandemic and this may have caused things to be scaled back this year but it was just all over way too quickly.
Anyway, we won’t be back for the lights and we’re not impressed. No real standout moments.
We got back to the car and noticed many of those that had arrived at the same time had already gone, and we went around quickly. Next year we will try Longleat or Kew.
Stourhead didn’t cut it in our opinion.
Written December 6, 2020
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Jonas Walker
5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Lovely place to visit just off the A303 but don’t eat here. Stopped and had a coffee and lunch. We tried the “special of the day” which was a pulled pork bap. We were given this tasteless shredded pork in a sloppy sauce which no flavour whatsoever. The bap was the cheapest bap you could find (the sort which are 50p for 4 in a budget supermarket) was made completely soggy by the consistency of the pulled pork. I paid nearly £40 for 4 baps and 4 hot drinks which on reflection is disgusting in my opinion. This is the second very bad meal in a National Trust property and I think what used to be so good has become very poor. Unfortunately these National Trust restaurants have a “captive audience” and before too long people will avoid the their properties if the food declines anymore.
Written October 30, 2021
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Bristol, UK23 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Lovely gardens and beautiful scenery, would definitley recommend for that alone. However, the hot food/drink facilities they were providing were dreadful. The restaurant was listed as open for takeaway on the website, so we didn't bring any food with us. The small kiosk was open advertising some hot food, but after waiting a long time there was no food other than drinks, cakes and icecream and noone had updated that they had nothing avaliable.

I would also agree with other reviews that it is overpriced given you could be finished in around an hour.

To be honest if you're around the area, I would recommend Westonbirt instead for scenery and facilties- to make it more of an experience and day out at the moment.
Written January 4, 2021
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Tina M
Ower, UK1 contribution
Dec 2020
Stourhead Christmas lights. over crowded and did not feel COVID safe, too many people were admitted making it difficult to socially distance effectively. I chose as my birthday to treat to attend an outdoor event as I wanted to feel safe and i did not. So may people crowding around some of the displays and a large back log of people formed causing crowding. As this was a ticketed even the hope was numbers would be limited to ensure social distancing could be maintained. The light displays were very basic and not enough of them to make the trip worth while and also so expensive for a quite poor display. Will not recommend in fact I would advise against going. Very annoyed that such an event could proceed with such large numbers, not happy as felt unsafe
Written December 17, 2020
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Cheriton, UK2 contributions
Aug 2020
NT you have got this absolutely wrong. We have visited many sites across the region over the past few weeks/months since the easing of lockdown simply to get out in a safe environment with our young children and make use of our membership, Uppark, Hinton Ampler, Dunster to name a few and they have all made us feel so welcome, so safe. Stourhead on the other hand is a money grabbing exercise that simply has not worked out.

Online booking etc all the same, entry much the same as others with one important difference - please make use of the onsite restaurant we were told. Now we are in hospitality too and we know how hard it is but it is plainly clear here that this is why so many people are allowed in.

We were led to believe that the site was restricted access to allow a safe and enjoyable flow of people around the site, the car park was initially full at 11.30am arrival the overflow 1 third full, by the time we left it was 2/3 full so the site must have been near to normal capacity.

The walk around the site was a joke due to the large number of people trying to access. We have three school aged children who are well behaved and know to hold hands, not climb trees, sat to the side, allow others to pass etc etc - they have got used to being in these environments and know the rules. However walking around was just simply overcrowded with no social distancing in place. I know you will defend by saying its peoples own responsibility but on a small one way track that you have overfilled with entrants its your responsibility and on this one site you have failed miserably.

Unlike other sites there is no onsite marshalling to toilets etc and many just don't follow, likewise the queue to entry has no social distancing markers with over 40 people queuing to get in when we left and tried to grab an ice cream for the kids.

We love NT and will continue to use, its just a shame here the site management got it so wrong and from reading other messages its not just us! Visit some other sites you own to see how its done properly.
Written August 12, 2020
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Christchurch, UK423 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Visited on the way home to Dorset from a stay near Bath. Although it was the hottest day of the year so far, the shade provided by the numerous tree species, along with the cooler air near the lake itself, made for a very pleasant walk. We had never visited before but had such a lovely time we were planning our return during our visit! The car park was busy, but once in the gardens and lake for large periods we felt almost alone there. So peaceful.
So - gardens, lake, walking routes. 9/10

We took a walk around the house first and really enjoyed this. What a Chippendale furniture collection! (who knew that’s was here?!) better signage and clarity/lightening of some of the signs would be an improvement, but the guides there were very helpful and knowledgable.
So - house 8/10.
I’d probably visit the house again, but definitely the lake and gardens will be revisited a number of times.
Written June 18, 2022
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