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Glittering Elizabethan mansion
Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips.
There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection.
Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael's Hill.
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Join one of our daily talks to discover 1,000 years of history in ten minutes. Find out more about the history of Montacute and the family who made it their home for nearly 300 years. Details from reception, times vary.
You can also follow the timeline, outside visitor reception, to find out what was going on in the world, who was the king or queen, what was invented when and who was at war with who.