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Bowood House & Gardens

Extensive gardens and parkland with Classical house at its heart, extensively remodelled in the mid-twentieth century.

Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Bowood House

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Not free for members
Facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.
Please note that Bowood House and Gardens does not offer free access to members of Historic Houses, but is a member of our association, along with hundreds of houses we support across the UK. In order to see places you can visit for free as a Historic Houses member, please see our ‘Free to Visit’ listings page here.

Bowood House & Gardens; home to the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, surrounded by 2,000 acres of Grade 1 listed ‘Capability’ Brown parkland.

An enchanting landscape awaits you, with a flowing mix of plantations and sweeping lawns leading down to a mile long lake. Bowood House hosts a wealth of art and antiques, with many historical treasures, such as Napoleon’s death mask and Queen Victoria’s wedding chair. The Italian inspired terrace gardens and the herbaceous border surrounding the Georgian house makes the perfect day out.

Children will be entertained for hours, with an adrenaline fuelled adventure playground, with a life-size Pirate Ship, aerial walkways and balancing beams.

For the latest events at Bowood, see their website.

Opening Times

Open 1 April to 1 November, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).

Not free for Historic Houses members. See Admission for details.

See their website to double check their opening times

This house is not part of the Free for Members scheme, but is one of many houses on our website that we support to promote their tours, weddings, filming and other commercial offerings. To see all the places you can visit as a Historic Houses member, please visit our ‘Free for Members’ listings page here. Or to find out more about how the membership scheme works and how it supports our work to protect independent heritage, visit our page here.

Admission

From 2022, Bowood House will no longer be offering free entry to Historic Houses members. If you live nearby and would like to visit Bowood frequently, you can purchase a season ticket on their website.

See Bowood’s website for details of Day Ticket entry prices.

This house is not part of the Free for Members scheme, but is one of many houses on our website that we support to promote their tours, weddings, filming and other commercial offerings. To see all the places you can visit as a Historic Houses member, please visit our ‘Free for Members’ listings page here. Or to find out more about how the membership scheme works and how it supports our work to protect independent heritage, visit our page here.

Group Visits

Whether you’re a tour operator, special interest group or planning to visit with friends and family, we have a variety of tours and packages at Bowood House & Gardens.

Contact

Lisa Kent
For more information, or to book.
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Public Transport 

Bus – Routes 33 and X33 (Chippenham to Devizes) go through Derry Hill village. Route 55 stops on the A4 close to the turning into Derry Hill village.

Train – The nearest main line station is at Chippenham. Taxis are available or take the 55 bus to Studley crossroads.

Driving

Please use the postcode SN11 0LZ. Bowood is easily accessible from the M4 at Junction 17 and is located between Chippenham and Calne, off the A4.

  • The landscape around Bowood House was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.
  • Robert Adam worked on the interiors of the House.
  • Dr Priestley identified Oxygen at Bowood House in 1774.
  • Jan Ingenhousz worked on his discovery of Photosynthesis at Bowood House.
  • Bowood House was a Red Cross Hospital during WWI and a school following the war.

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