Bowood House and Gardens - Travel Trade

The Estate Office, Bowood, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ
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Whether you’re a special interest group, U3A, tour operator or just a group of friends, a visit to Bowood is always a special treat. There are a variety of group packages and guided tours for all interests. You can book guided tours of Bowood House, the Capability Brown Parkland or the Private Walled Gardens. If time allows, why not enjoy all on the same day.


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Explore on your own at your Leisure

Enjoy a beautiful day visiting Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s family home, surrounded by acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and stunning gardens. Bowood House, home to the Lansdowne family since 1754, has a fascinating history. The Big House, as it was known, was demolished in 1955, leaving the most perfectly balanced Georgian structure, full of fascinating family memorabilia, including the room in which Dr. Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen gas on 1st August, 1774.

Private Walled Garden Tours

Book an exclusive tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Gardens. A truly special experience as our guides tailor each tour to suit the season and the flowers in bloom, from the trailing wisteria to a wall of climbing roses. Featuring four distinctly different one-acre squares.

During October our dahlia’s, rudbeckia’s and hydrangeas are in colour and the Autumn colours in the Arboretum and around the grounds are truly stunning.

Includes admission to the House & Gardens, tea/coffee on arrival and a 90-minute tour of the Walled Gardens.(Minimum group size 15+)

Capability Brown Parkland Tour
Bowood Park is unique, the evolution of its creation is a story in itself. The garden guides will transport you back 250 years to explain Brown’s extraordinary achievement. The park is considered to be one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest creations. With a mix of wooded plantations and sweeping lawns leading down to a mile long winding lake, the Bowood landscape has an exceptionally interesting history, which will be revealed in this tour. The grounds include over 700 species of trees, including 23 Champion Trees

Come visit us during Autumn you can expect to see the most breathtaking autumnal colours as you explore the grounds that come alive at this time of year. Awash with crisp oranges and deep red hues, it’s worth wrapping up warm and enjoying the beauty of our Arboretum.

Includes admissions to the House & Gardens following your tour, tea/coffee on arrival and a 90-minute tour. (Minimum group size 15+)

Woodland Gardens

The Woodland Gardens are an oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. They open from mid April to early June and are located 2 miles from Bowood House, between Derry Hill and Sandy Lane. This separate attraction is highly recommended in combination with a visit to the House & Gardens.


Booking Information:

Trade email address: houseandgardens@bowood.org 

Trade Tel: +44 (0) 1249 812 102

Opening Dates: April - November

Trade Prices – Group/FIT rates (2022) Prices may be subject to change please check with business directly.

Explore at your own leisure – (For Groups of 15+ ) Adults (aged 17+) £11.80pp; Seniors (aged 60+) £10.30pp. Plus add on a Bowood House Tour from only £6.00pp.

Private Walled Garden Tour or Capability Brown Parkland Tour – no catering £17.00 pp, £22.00 pp to include a Cream Tea or £25.00 pp including a 1-course lunch in the Stables Restaurant. (Minimum group size 15+)

Woodland Gardens - Adult (17+) £7.00pp Senior (60+) £6.00pp (Groups 15+)

Min group size: 15 +

Languages: English

Duration of visit: 4-5 hours

Coach Parking: Yes

Suitable for Education / Corporate / Incentive visits: Yes – Please enquire for specific requests.


Additional Information:

Please enquire for prices if you wish to arrange a combined group visit to the Woodland Gardens with one of our House & Garden Tours. Visits can be tailored your requirements and can include catering and dedicated parking for disabled visitors. To help you promote your visit we can send you leaflets as well as supply you with information and stunning images to use.

Coach drivers receive complimentary access to Bowood House & Gardens and a lunch voucher to be redeemed in the Treehouse Café.

Please note that this attraction requires walking on some uneven terrain and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

A Group Brochure is available to download HERE

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Close to J17 of the M4. Nearest major road is A4. Between Chippenham and Calne turn into village of Derry Hill.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Chippenham station. Need bus or taxi.

Opening Times

2022 (1 Apr 2022 - 1 Nov 2022)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 18:00*

* Bowood House & Gardens will open for the 2022 Season on 1st April until 1st November 2022

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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