Around Bath & Bristol

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

Places to visit

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Tyntesfield House August 2015

From Madrid to Tyntesfield...a story of love, loss and legacy 

Tyntesfield was home to the Gibbs family. Born in Madrid, William Gibbs' story is one of long struggles with sacred debts, of young love, loss, a close-knit family and the making of a vast fortune. We'll be taking a closer look at this side of the family's history throughout 2019 and into 2020, through some of the 60,000 possessions the family collected.

The great outdoors

Boy splashing in puddles wearing wellies

Ideas for rainy days near Bath and Bristol 

It's the summer holidays but the great British weather doesn't always get the message. Don't let the rain put you off though, there's still lots of fun to be had.

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

A rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Upcoming events


Still digging ... Recent excavations around Avebury

Tue 23 Jul 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.
Dyrham Park

Accessible parkland tours

Tue 23 Jul 2019
Our ranger guide will take you to parts of the parkland which are more difficult to access in the Polaris vehicle.
Prior Park Landscape Garden

'50 things' nature trails

Tue 23 Jul 2019
Pick up one of our new '50 things' activity cards from reception and test them out as you explore the garden.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Summer holiday crafts at Lacock

Tue 23 Jul 2019
These Monday - Friday summer holiday activities in our colourful Botanic Garden lets little explorers make the most of every second of sunshine.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Fox Talbot's Photographic favourites

Tue 23 Jul 2019
Take a summer stroll around the grounds of Lacock Abbey, searching for the locations of Fox Talbot's photographic compositions from the 1830's.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Healing Herbs in the Botanic Garden

Tue 23 Jul 2019
The Botanic Garden in Lacock's grounds will be bringing back the Healing Herbs border from last year due to popular demand.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Behind the scenes from experts

A Picnic at Bath Skyline

Summer walks nearby 

There are many walks near Bristol and Bath which will take you out to hidden places, scenic corners and peaceful viewpoints. Here a few ideas to start you off.


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