Things to see & do

Court House

Dramatic skies over the Court House at Barrington  © NTPL/NTPL/John Millar

Dramatic skies over the Court House at Barrington

Barrington Court was derelict when the sugar refining millionaire, Colonel Arthur Lyle, first laid eyes on it in 1916. Between 1920 and 1925 he set about making it into his family home, spending the equivalent of £4 million renovating the house and the grounds.

His legacy is a beautifully panelled house with stunning architectural features. Today you can walk freely through the rooms of this Tudor manor house, now devoid of furniture, and admire the wonderfully crafted and varied panelling from room to room.

Arts and crafts gardens

The White Garden at Barrington Court in Somerset © NTPL/National Trust Images/Mark Bolton

The White Garden at Barrington Court in Somerset

Discover this intimate family garden laid out in a series of rooms, inspired by Gertrude Jekyll.

The feel of the arts and crafts movement can also be found within the garden.


Let the spaces speak

The Long Gallery at Barrington Court. © NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

The Long Gallery at Barrington Court.

Walk around the empty rooms of the Court House and image a bygone era, full of happy family life. Learn more about some of the people who have made Barrington their home.

Amazing craftmanship

Detail of panelling in the Court House © NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Detail of panelling in the Court House

Study the amazing craftmanship of the ancient wood panels that fill the Court House.

Face painting fun

Tuesday 28 July, Tuesday 11 & 25 August

Do you want to be a bird or a flower or a bee ? What ever it is come and see Krissie who will transform you.

£3 per face

Normal admission applies

Have-a-go archery

Summer Holiday Mondays & Tuesdays

20 July - 25 August


How straight is your aim ? Try your skills out with expert Tudor archers.
£2 for 6 arrows
Normal admission applies

Day of dance

Saturday 26 September

Get your dancing shoes on and join in with the fun, there will be a diverse range of traditional english and european country dances to enjoy.

Normal admissions applies.