Things to see & do

Harry's Story

Harry Hoare with his mother Lady Alda and father Sir Henry © NT Images

Harry Hoare with his mother Lady Alda and father Sir Henry

Explore the dramatic story of love, loss and devotion which decided Stourhead's future. The family home uncovers more about Harry, his parents and the events which defined their lives.

Discover the trail markers which reveal the glories of a world famous landscape which was the family garden and an idyllic place to grow up.

The house

Stourhead house is an iconic Palladian building from the early 18th century © Stourhead images

Stourhead house is an iconic Palladian building from the early 18th century

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.

The garden

The tulip tree is one of the iconic trees at Stourhead © BBC News

The tulip tree is one of the iconic trees at Stourhead

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

Produce from the walled garden is used in our restaurant © Lucy Harries

Produce from the walled garden is used in our restaurant

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

There are eleven scheduled ancient monuments on this site at Stourhead © Stourhead images

There are eleven scheduled ancient monuments on this site at Stourhead

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

The tallest oak tree in Britain here at Stourhead © Stourhead images

The tallest oak tree in Britain here at Stourhead

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.

What's on

Our exciting events programme has something for everyone, with music and drama, walks and tours, family fun and opportunities to discover the secrets of Stourhead, including how we manage the estate.

Harry's Story walks

A volunteer leading a garden tour at Ightham Mote

Join one of our volunteers for a free guided walk around the garden and find out more about Harry Hoare's time at Stourhead.

The walks are daily from March - October.

Estate walks

Explore Stourhead's 2,650 acres of countryside on one of our estate walks. The routes will take you through farmland, woodland and past ancient monuments and historic sites. Follow the link below and type in 'Stourhead'.

Tracker packs

Exploring nature with tracker packs

Become nature detectives as you explore Stourhead with exciting stuff like bug magnifiers, tracks and signs ID charts, binoculars and activities galore.

Pick up a tracker pack from visitor reception.

Private picnics

The Stourhead landscape garden is the perfect setting for any celebration © Arnhel de Serra

The Stourhead landscape garden is the perfect setting for any celebration

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.

Tree-climbing experiences

Young visitor tree climbing with an expert at Stourhead © BNPS

Young visitor tree climbing with an expert at Stourhead

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.

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