Autumn at Dyrham Park
A park awash with colour, conkers falling from the trees and a bountiful pear harvest are just some of the delights at Dyrham Park in autumn.
With 270-acres of open parkland, home to hundreds of trees, Dyrham Park is a great place to enjoy an autumn stroll.
The leaves start to turn in late September, with October and November a beautiful landscape of reds, oranges and yellows. There are over 100 tree varieties at Dyrham Park so there's always something changing.
There are maps with a range of routes available from Visitor Reception and we're encouraging people to take photographs of these on their phones to save resources and reduce the need to touch.
Changes for 2020
Pre-booking through the website is advised at the moment and slots go live each Friday for the week ahead (Mon-Sun). Tickets must be booked by 3pm the day before. The bus isn't currently running but you can email us ahead of your visit (please see Facilities and Access tabs above) if you have any access issues.
It's hoped that the house will open later in the season in line with current safety restrictions.
Sam Cox, Visitor Operations and Experience Manager at Dyrham Park, said: 'Autumn is a fantastic time to stretch your legs and see the trees start to change colour at Dyrham Park. Although 2020 has been an unusual year, this season's a great time to have a quiet walk, drink in the beauty of the place and reflect on things past and how nature rumbles on.'
Dyrham has a long history of making pears into perry and 2020 has seen a bumper crop. You can see the fruit growing in the garden and orchard before it's picked and collected for pressing.
The shop is stocked with some authentic Dyrham Park Perry, made from these pears, which could make a tasty souvenir of your trip.
October half term and '50 things' activities
This October half term there will be a self-led leaf identification sheet and a woodland spotter activity for children around the parkland to get families out in the great outdoors and connected to nature.
The National Trust's popular '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' challenges young explorers to connect with nature through play. Many of the activities outlined can be completed at Dyrham Park like having fun with sticks, getting to know a tree or playing conkers. We have material available at Visitor Reception to help you with this. You can also access the full list online here.
Relax in the garden
A one-way system is currently in place around most of the garden to allow for social distancing though there is free-flow around the Avenue.
The garden sits in the shadow of the main house and neighbouring St Peter's Church (currently closed). There are plenty of inviting benches and spots to rest along the way.
The borders along the Avenue are awash with colour this autumn with a range of warm shades blooms and gentle scents.
The pool gardens with its gentle cascade is a relaxing place to wander round or take a break on a bench and relax. The borders are filled with colour and you might catch sight of the leaves of katsura tree by the pool turning from bronze to yellow, orange then pink this season, when they smell of burnt sugar.
Food and drink
You can refuel at the tea-room where there's a range of snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. The tea garden kiosk will also be open at weekends.