'Behind the scenes' at Dyrham house

See conservation in action at Dyrham Park's Collections Store area

Dyrham house is offering a 'Behind the scenes' look at the house this winter - where you can see first-hand what goes in to caring for and sharing an historic house.

In previous years, the house was closed to visitors for the winter to allow the team to work on the collection but this year we're sharing this important job with you. 

Guided and self-led tours

You can now go 'Behind the scenes' with regular guided tours on offer between noon and 3pm and can be booked on arrival at visitor reception - when the tours are not on, you'll have a chance to explore the house on your own.

The basement is open daily, where you can learn more about how the house and garden were built and learn more about the recent re-roofing project. There are some nice features such as servant's bells and a Victorian kitchen now home to our second-hand bookshop.

'Mr Blathwayt's apartment'

The dressed rooms in the house known as 'Mr Blathwayt's apartment' re-open on Saturday 4 March 2017. These rooms on the East front offer a flavour of 17th-century life, featuring highlights of the collection and some sensory additions, including smelling pouches and 17th-century hot chocolate samples.

Dyrham Park House and Collections Manager Eilidh Auckland said: "We're very excited to be open in winter. So much work goes into looking after a house like this, with its collection of historic artefacts. We know that people are interested in these and are taking this opportunity to share our work with visitors."