The Top 3 Stately Homes & Gardens to Visit in The South of England this Summer

Looking for the perfect day out in The South of England this summer? We’ve selected our three favourite stately homes and gardens across The South of England to help you plan your next weekend escape. With stunning regal homes set in gorgeous rolling gardens, we think it's time to get the family together for a day out in the glorious British countryside.

Stately Home & Garden in The South of England

1. Blenheim Palace

Where is Blenheim Palace?

Blenheim Palace is close to Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Pop OX20 1PS into your SatNav.

Why visit Blenheim Palace?

One of the greatest stately homes in the whole of the United Kingdom, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke & Duchess of Marlborough. Built between 1705 to 1733, palace is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and is also one of the largest houses in England.

The gardens of Blenheim Palace stretch for over 2000 acres and include several ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’ including a huge lake known as ‘The Great Lake’ and gorgeous ancient oak trees. Although the grounds around Blenheim Palace appear natural, they were actually created by an expert landscaper using carefully positioned trees and waterways.

When can I visit Blenheim Palace?

The Palace: Open daily from 10.30 - 17.30, last admission 16.45.
The Grounds: Open daily from 09.00 - 18.30 or dusk if earlier

You can find out more about Blenheim Palace by visiting http://www.blenheimpalace.com/

Stately Home & Garden in The South of England

2. Longleat House

Where is Longleat House?

Longleat House is located in Warminster, Wiltshire. Pop BA12 7NW into your SatNav.

Why visit Longleat House?

More commonly known as Longleat Safari Park, Longleat is an Elizabethan architectural gem set in the rolling Wiltshire countryside. Home to the Marquess of Bath, the stately home itself is open to the public, with rooms filled with glorious furniture and priceless paintings to admire.

With 1,000 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and 4,000 acres of woodland, the grounds of Longleat offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy a walk whilst admiring the stunning scenery. The drive through safari is also a highlight, offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with wild animals including giraffes, lions and rhinos.

When can I visit Longleat House?

Longleat is open throughout summer from 10.00 until 19.00.

You can find out more about by visiting: https://www.longleat.co.uk

Stately Home & Garden in The South of England

3. Blickling Hall

Where is Blickling Hall?

Blickling Hall is located in Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk. Pop NR11 6NF into your SatNav.

Why visit Blickling Hall?

With a colourful history, Blickling Hall in Norfolk is a must-see 17th Century stately home and garden with a year-round calendar of activities as well as one of the UK’s most valuable collections of books and manuscripts. The Blickling estate passed into the care of the National Trust upon the death of Following the death of Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian in December 1940.

Set in 4,500 acres of land, including 950 acres of woodland and parkland, Blickling Hall is the perfect place to get out in the great outdoors and explore. Make sure you plan your route to end with a well deserved drink at the estates very own pub - The Bucks Arms.

When can I visit Blickling Hall?

Longleat is open throughout summer from 10.00 until 19.00.

You can find out more about by visiting: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

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