National Trust Estate Office, High Street, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
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Stourhead Gardens
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Stourhead estate on the Wiltshire-Somerset border is the perfect day out for everyone. A breathtaking 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples is only the beginning.

You can also visit Stourhead House, a Palladian mansion with a fantastic regency library and beautiful art collection. Then why not climb the 205 steps to the top of King Alfred's Tower, an amazing red-brick folly, for vistas over Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, or explore one of our Iron Age hill forts.

We also have a large National Trust shop and restaurant, as well as an art gallery, pub, ice cream parlour and farm shop for you to enjoy. Please call or visit our website for a full events programme, information about group visits and access for visitors with disabilities.

During February and March some of the showrooms will be open to show conservation work.

Some of the showrooms open during December will be decorated for Christmas.

Please call for other House opening times throughout the year, and for King Alfred's Tower opening times.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
King Alfred's Tower - Adult - Adult£4.20
King Alfred's Tower - Child - Child£2.10
King Alfred's Tower - Family (2 adults) - Family£10.50
Stourhead day ticket - 2 adults - Gift Aid Family - Family£44.00
Stourhead day ticket - family 2 adults - Standard - Family£40.00
Stourhead day ticket - Gift Aid Adult - Adult£17.60
Stourhead day ticket - Gift Aid Child - Child£8.80
Stourhead day ticket - Standard Adult - Adult£16.00
Stourhead day ticket - Standard Child - Child£8.00

National Trust members free.
Group rates are available.
Coach Parking £10
Car Parking £4

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A303. Off B3092 at Stourton, 3 miles north west of Mere (A303), 8 miles south of Frome (A361).

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is at Gillingham (Dorset), approximately 7 miles away. Bus services are infrequent - call 01747 861222 for details.



  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Sympathetic hearing scheme
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Touch tour guide of the house; must be booked on (01747) 842020.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access - Fully accessible toilets, shop and restaurant.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Restaurant with a maximum capacity of 250.
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - under close control on wider estate all year. 1 Nov - end Feb in landscape garden.
  • Event venue
  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction - House open March - October
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Areas Available
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge) - £2. Free to NT members

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Three to six hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - By arrangement with Stourhead
  • Min group size - fifteen
  • Prior Booking Recommended - For coach parties
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Japanese printed material

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Garden, Shop and Restaurant (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
House Main season 2019 (25 Feb 2019 - 12 Nov 2019)
King Alfred's Tower (4 Mar 2019 - 29 Oct 2019)
The Christmas House - selected rooms open (25 Nov 2019 - 22 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 15:30*

* Everything closed 25 December.
King Alfred's Tower also open on Bank Holidays and School Holidays.

For specific opening times, please visit Stourhead's website.

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


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Recent Reviews:

  • SammyCW27
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Stunning in the Autumn
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th February 2019
    I’ve been lucky enough to visit Stourhead many times but Autumn is by far my favourite season to visit. The lake looks ablaze with the red, orange and yellow trees surrounding it. Well worth a... Read full review
  • Connoisseur2006
    Trip Type:
    Amazing place to walk around.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 10th February 2019
    Mum used to work here, at the pub called “the spread eagle”. Been here twice, view was great both times. Takes 2+ hours to walk through this rural heaven. Service was practically non-existent, though. Read full review
  • D3260XNsarahm
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful Winter Walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th February 2019
    Spent a beautiful snowy day at stourhead yesterday. We were amazed to arrive and see everything still white, it had practically disappeared from where we live, only about 30 miles away. The weather... Read full review


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