Around Bath & Bristol

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

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The Great Hall in Lacock Abbey decorated with a large Christmas tree and garlands around the fire place in Lacock, Wilthsire.

A Christmas for everyone 

Whether you want to escape to a Victorian Christmas wonderland complete with characters or find peace and quiet in the outdoors with a walk and some mulled wine, or anywhere in between, there's a Christmas near Bath and Bristol that will suit you.

Swans in frost at Prior Park

Bath & Bristol winter walks

Enjoy winter in the outdoors in and around Bath & Bristol.

Victorian dancing at Tyntesfield

Behind the scenes as Christmas preparations begin 

All across the area, out of sight, teams are beginning to get the places cared for by the National Trust ready for Christmas.

Festive interior design trends seen through the collection

Knightshayes in the winter sunset from South terrace

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Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Meeting Father Christmas

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

Upcoming events


Stonehenge and Avebury walking challenge

Sat 16 Dec 2017
An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors in this iconic landscape, rich in archaeology, wildlife and plants. You can enjoy these wide open spaces by challenging yourself to complete all eight walks - once done you'll have walked 50km.
Dyrham Park

The Lord of Misrule hunt

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Find as many Lords of Misrules hiding around the park as you can.
Prior Park Landscape Garden

A Georgian garden Christmas

Sat 16 Dec 2017
This year we're celebrating Christmas Georgian-style, with decorations, games, crafts and festive fare.

Great Dickensian trail

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Complete the Great Dickensian trail around the estate to uncover the tale of 'A Christmas Carol' written by Charles Dickens, one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

A Lacock Christmas tale - Family trail

Sat 16 Dec 2017
This festive trail is all about the Christmas tradition of storytelling. Through poems, carols, pantomimes and poetry, we've been sharing tales at this time of year for centuries.
Dyrham Park

Bzents pop-up panto

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Bzents theatre company will be delivering pop-up performances at Dyrham Park this Christmas.
A Christmas tree and roaring fire at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Christmas in the South West 

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea-room, frosty walks waiting to be discovered.


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