Stourhead Gardens and House

Welcome to Stourhead

When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian house is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.

Explore the 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife.

The house and grounds are around 15 minutes North of Shaftesbury and make for an excellent adventure for friends and family. You can pay for entry to the house or Gardens or both and view some of the most famous landmarks in the UK. In particular you will recognise the temples around the lake as well known architectural features on much of the National Trusts marketing.

You can also visit King Alfred’s Tower which sits outside of the grounds. This is a great spot to take your family and dog for a walk through the woods.

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