Just back from a visit to family in Bath and decided to spend the day at Longleat. We purchased online to save 5% (wow!) and it is an expensive day out for a family - we paid over 88 pounds for passports for 2 adults, 1 senior and two children but under 3's are free and it is a really great day out.
The place is well signposted and easy to find and parking was well organised.
The grounds are spectacular and the passport gives you access for the whole season (if you live close by that is!). We loved the safari even though the money section was closed - it's amazing to see giraffes and tigers in the heart of the English countryside. And the free CD is excellent - full commentary with cool jungle music to accompany your drive - the kids loved it.
Next we went along to the house which is really beautiful although it would have been better if there had been a guided tour..the guides/guards only spoke when spoken to and unless you bought the guide book (extra 5 pounds) you didn't have a clue what you were looking at.
The rest of the day was spent in Postman Pat village (sweet), the maze (allow 30 mins!), and on the train.
The cellar cafe was busy but the queue moved qucikly and the food was good value and good quality. If you take a picnic ther are lots of beautiful lawns to sit on..
All in all a great day out - Lord Bath has put a lot of thought into Longleat with lots of green intitatives (recycle the CD and brouchures etc) and the whole place isn't over policed - you are free to walk around as you wish...and the cleanest toilets I visited during my time in the UK!
A real slice of living history and well worth a visit!
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