Around Bath & Bristol

Magnificent houses, peaceful gardens, wooded trails and little-known treasures.

Places to visit

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Around Bristol and Bath there is lots to explore in the spring. You will find historic houses and their gardens, countryside and woodland walks to allow you to get close to nature and escape in the outdoors as the seasons change. 

Children enjoying the woodland play area

May half-term in Bath & Bristol 

Places close to Bath and Bristol have a wide variety of things to keep the family entertained this half term.

The great outdoors

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Spring bulbs flowering at Tyntesfield

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Groups of people outside the front of the house for a popular event at Arlington Court

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Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Upcoming events


Still digging ... Recent excavations around Avebury

Wed 22 May 2019
This year at Avebury we’ll be shining a light on recent excavations through a pop up exhibition in the Barn gallery. This exhibition will highlight many of the results of those excavations alongside a selection of the artefacts discovered.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Photography exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum by John Paul Evans

Wed 22 May 2019
These metaphoric photo series examine various points of view regarding gay marriage — with the pictures of ‘otherness’ fluctuating between the poignant, the comic, and a potentially disturbing presence in the domestic space.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Healing Herbs in the Botanic Garden

Wed 22 May 2019
The Botanic Garden in Lacock's grounds will be bringing back the Healing Herbs border from last year due to popular demand.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Spring flowers at Lacock Abbey

Wed 22 May 2019
With the appearance of snowdrops, crocuses and the sounds of birds singing in the fresh air, escape for a spring walk around the grounds at Lacock.

House tickets: May 2019

Wed 22 May 2019
In 2019 the house at Tyntesfield will be open in some way, every day (except Christmas day). Tickets can be pre-booked or picked up from the Ticket Office on the day.
Bath Skyline

Train in 10

Wed 22 May 2019
Trail runs. In nature, for nature. Join our Run leader and Bath Skyline ranger who will introduce you to trail running to complete a Trust10 10km event in 10 weeks. Wednesday evening sessions 22 May - 17 July, plus the Trust 10 on 28 July


Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.


From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems can all be found in Wiltshire