Bowood House and Gardens

In a nutshell

The perfect day out for families, Bowood House in Wiltshire has a fabulous outdoor adventure playground for ages 12 years and under, soft play and more.


Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Contact details

Tel: 01249 812102

Activity type

Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(Family Day Ticket - 2 adults & 2 children)

Bowood House and Gardens details...

Bowood near Calne is the perfect family day out in Wiltshire, with something for everyone. A highlight for kids aged 12 years and under will be the large adrenaline-fuelled outdoor adventure playground with its life-size Pirate Ship and aerial walkways, a huge scramble net, several thrilling slides and perhaps the most famous and popular of all, the space dive with an exhilarating 19-foot vertical drop!

For the more cautious there are see-saws, swing boats, a Wendy House, swings and a sand pit. Under 7s will have a great time trying out the swinging log steps, stepping stones, balancing beams and log bridges in the ‘Partridge Play Pen’.

There is also an undercover soft play area with rope walks, spinning discs, slide and ball pool. On two levels, the 1,500-square-foot area will keep children up to 132cm in height entertained for ages. Their adults can relax with a coffee whilst keeping an eye on them.

The whole family can relax in 100 acres of beautiful parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. There is a cascade, Doric temple, Hermit’s Cave, stunning lake and arboretum to discover. Stroll through the award-winning gardens, exploring the formal terraces and gardens at the front of the house. If you are visiting between April and June, don’t miss the amazing display of colour from azaleas and rhododendrons in the Woodland Gardens.

Allow time to discover fascinating Bowood House, housing a wealth of unique art and an antique collection. Visit the chapel where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in the late 18th century and find out about the history of the Lansdowne family.

Bowood is a great place to hold birthday parties for children aged up to 12 years. Themes include Pirates and Fairies. Exclusive use of a private party room and access to the Adventure Playground and the Soft Play Area are included within the party package.

Refreshments are available in The Stables Restaurant, The Treehouse Café and at the Ice-cream Kiosk within the Adventure Playground.

Opening dates

In 2021 Bowood House & Gardens’ open season runs from 1st April until 1st November.

Please Bowood’s website to find out more.

Bowood House and Gardens Events

Bowood’s Autumn Adventure Trail

Open 21st October 2021 - 31st October 2021

Enjoy the autumn colours along this pumpkin trail in Wiltshire from 21st until 31st October. Look out for scarecrows, skeletons and spiders along the way!

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