The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Bowood House & Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful day visiting Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s family home, surrounded by acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and stunning award winning gardens.

Bowood House has been the home to the Lansdowne family since the 1st Earl of Shelburne purchased it in 1754. Since then, the House has seen huge changes. From the 2nd Earl beginning major improvements using the renowned architect Robert Adam, who worked on the interiors including creating the beautiful Orangery, to the ‘Large House’ being demolished after the Second World War when it fell into disrepair. The collection of art and many historical treasures; such as Napoleon’s death mask, Queen Victoria’s wedding chair and the laboratory in which Dr Joseph Priestley identified oxygen gas, provides interest for all tastes.

Bowood is blessed by having three entirely separate and very different gardens; The Gardens and Grounds surrounding the House, The Private Walled Gardens, open for group visits and for individuals to book on to our monthly guided tour. Thirdly, the Woodland Gardens, a separate attraction open for six weeks from late April to early June, offering breath-taking vistas of colour and beauty, covering over seventy acres of Bluebells, Azaleas, Magnolias and Rhododendrons.

Fact File

Opening Times: 1st April to 1st November 2017, 11:00 to 18:00
Admissions Rate: House & Gardens Family £37.50, Adult £12.50, Senior £10.50, Junior £9.50, Infant £7.50.
Woodland Gardens Adult £8.00, Senior £7.25 and children under 12 free. Discounted combined tickets can be purchased to visit the House & Gardens and the Woodland Gardens.
Facilities: Children’s Adventure Playground, Tractor Ted Little Farm, Gift Shop, House Restaurant, Coffee Shop, and Picnic Area.
Tours: Private Walled Garden Tours and ‘Capability’ Brown Tours available on specific Wednesdays of each month throughout the opening season.
Length of visit: Minimum of 2 hours
Coach Parking: Yes
Booking Contact: Sales and Marketing Administrator, Bowood House, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ
Tel: 01249 810961
Location: House, Gardens & Grounds: A4 between Chippenham and Calne Woodland Gardens: A342 between Derry Hill and Sandy Lane