Things to see & do
Henry Hoare I bought Old Stourton House in 1717 and swiftly demolished it. He then built a Palladian villa on adjacent land and named it Stourhead. After his father's death in 1725, Henry Hoare II completed the house and filled it with treasures, which you can still discover today.
In the 1740s Henry the Magnificent began designing Stourhead's acclaimed landscape garden, creating a living work of art which changed the way gardens were designed forever. Two hundred years later, we were given this wonderful garden to preserve for the nation.
The walled garden
Discover the walled garden and see the amazing work that takes place.
Find the bug hotel, and investigate how we make our own compost.
Before you leave Stourhead why not visit the Farm Shop and take home some of the walled garden's produce.
The wider estate
The 2,650-acre estate around Stourhead house and garden is wonderfully diverse, from chalk downland and open farmland to the immense conifer forests, ancient trees at Park Hill Camp and King Alfred's Tower.
The tallest oak
Stourhead is home to the tallest English oak tree in the UK.
The oak stands at 40.4meters tall, and is a great addition to the champion trees that we already have in the garden. See if you can find it on your next visit to Stourhead.
Are you planning a treat for a loved one or a family party that’s truly extraordinary? Then why not hire one of the temples for a champagne reception or cream tea. You could even have a cosy dinner by firelight in the Gothic cottage.
Climb the tulip tree on the island to enjoy Stourhead from new heights. Our qualified tree climbers will be on hand to teach you the ropes and make it the perfect way to celebrate birthdays and special occasions.