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Notice: Restoration on King Alfred's Tower is still continuing and due to this the Tower is still closed.

Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden

When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian mansion is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.

Explore the 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife.

Forest Fridays

Come and join in the fun and make a den with us © National trust/Peter Sword

Come and join in the fun and make a den with us

Friday 7, 14, 21 and 28 August, 11am-3pm

Get outdoors and closer to nature with great activities for the whole family. You can build a den, create wild art and, make a mud pie and become a nature detective - there's something for everyone. There will also be exciting workshops at 11am and 1pm on building a woodland camp and surviving the forest at night.

Climb a tree

Have you got a head for heights? © National trust/Peter Sword

Have you got a head for heights?

Friday 7, 14, 21 and 28 August, 11am-1pm

If you've got a head for heights join our tree climbing team at Forest Fridays. We'll be revealing the fascinating secrets behind caring for the tallest of our trees, and they'll even help you scale a tree and get right up into it's canopy. Normal admission applies plus £5 per climb.


'Stourhead will never forget'

The Scraptors team create art using scrap materials © National trust/Peter Sword

The Scraptors team create art using scrap materials

Tuesday 1-Wednesday 30 September

The Scraptors are a group of West Country artists, specialising in sculpture using recycled materials. This exciting project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, takes you on a journey around the Stourhead estate. Discover three sculptures each reflecting elements of Harry’s Story, illuminating the effect of WW1 on the local community.


A day in the woods: Hedgerow harvest

Join us on our bushcraft workshop © National Trust

Join us on our bushcraft workshop

Wednesday 16 September, 10am-4pm

Join bushcraft expert Greg in Stourhead woods. Discover the natural treats the forest provides, and the skills needed to prepare them. You’ll learn about trees and fungi, medicinal plants and ways to use them. Lashings of tea and coffee and a bushcraft lunch are included. Adults £85, child £55 book your place on 01747 841152.

Fundraising Exhibition

Get outdoors in the beautiful landscape garden at Stourhead this summer © Stourhead/Tom Dyke

Get outdoors in the beautiful landscape garden at Stourhead this summer

Sat 19 - Sun 27 September, 11am-5pm

Help support Stourhead's fundraising appeal, to restore the garden structures whilst enjoying a selection of artwork created by the Stourhead team and local artists. This exhibition will showcase a diverse range of styles and all works will be available for sale throughout.  

Bring your dog

Visitors walking their dogs © John Millar

After 4pm from 1 March - 31 October dogs are welcome in the landscape garden on short fixed leads. We simply ask that you clear up after your dog and use any of the bins provided.

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Tweet Alan

Follow us on Twitter for updates © National Trust/Twitter

Follow our Head Gardener Alan on Twitter to find out his thoughts on gardening and keep up to date with what is going on in the garden.

Exciting events

There's always something exciting to do here at Stourhead. Join us throughout the year for walks, talks, family fun and so much more.

Our access

Planning a visit and want to find out about how to get around Stourhead, before you visit or what we can offer to help make your visit easier? Take a look at our access statement.