In a nutshell

Follow the family trail through the magnificent Palladian mansion and then explore the famous gardens and surrounding countryside at Stourhead in Wiltshire.


Stourton, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QF

Contact details

Tel: 01747 841152

Activity type

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

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide


(based on family of 4; car parking charge may also apply)

Stourhead details...

Families will find lots to do on a day out at Stourhead in Wiltshire. First, take the children to discover the history of the Palladian mansion, built by the Hoare family. There is a family trail plus traditional games and dressing up clothes in the basement.

Then head outside to stroll through the world-famous gardens. With a stunning lake as the focal point, the gardens include classical temples, grottoes and sweeping lawns – a wonderful place to enjoy a family picnic. Tracker Packs help families explore.

Families with older children may enjoy a walk out into the surrounding countryside. There is a choice of five waymarked walking routes described in a leaflet available from visitor reception or the shop. Why not dust off your walking boots and set out for King Alfred’s Tower, a couple of miles north-west of the garden? An additional charge applies for entrance to King Alfred’s Tower.

Please see the National Trust’s website to find out more.

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