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.

Tyntesfield House August 2015

Tyntesfield on Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh 

Join Alan Titchmarsh as he goes behind the scenes at our places in a second series of Secrets of the National Trust. At Tyntesfield, Alan learns about the rise of William Gibbs, who became the richest non-aristocrat in 19th-century Britain through the trade of guano - otherwise known as bird droppings. Tune in on 8 August at 9pm, Channel 5 to find out more.

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.

High Brown Fritillary in the sun on a plant

A good news story: High Brown Fritillary is making a bumper early appearance 

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

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Ideas for mindfulness and well being

A ranger guides a father and daughter rockpooling at Wembury, South Devon

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

Upcoming events

Avebury

Stonehenge and Avebury walking challenge

Fri 20 Jul 2018
01:00-23:59
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.
Avebury

Wiltshire Landscape walking challenge

Fri 20 Jul 2018
01:00-23:59
This is an opportunity to discover more of Wiltshire's iconic landscape, rich in archaeology, wildlife and plants. You can enjoy beautiful open spaces and challenge yourself to complete all twelve walks at our landscape sites.
Avebury

Breaking ground: Avebury's female archaeologists

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:00-16:00
To mark the 100 year anniversary of women first gaining the right to vote in Britain, this year at Avebury we'll be bringing to light the contributions made by female archaeologists working here in the 20th century.
Dyrham Park

Hop around the Cotswolds

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:00-17:00
Over 100 beautifully decorated hare sculptures are springing up around Gloucestershire and beyond. Can you spot them all?
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Healing herbs family trail

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:30-17:30
800 years ago, the nuns of Lacock Abbey couldn't just pop down the doctors to buy their medicine, so they grew their own. Find out more on our fun family trail.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

A photography exhibition by Karen Knorr

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:30-17:00
The photographic work of Karen Knorr is our second exhibition in the 2018 Women and Power celebration. Her work arises out of cultural research she undertakes and is in response to traditions, materials, furniture and ways of living.

Gloucestershire

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

Somerset

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

Wiltshire

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