Christmas at Dyrham Park

Fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern Christmas experience? Why not take some time out with us to encounter some 17th-century winter traditions?

Dyrham Park's Christmas experience will provide a step away from the tinsel, baubles and trees of today.

By coming here you can find about some traditions enjoyed back in the 17th century as well as giving you a chance to stretch your legs in the parkland, take stock and reconnect with nature.

There will be a wishing tree, a poetry trail, some subtle outdoor decorations and a special children's trail based on Peter Rabbit™.

Visitor Operations and Experience Manager Sam Cox explained: 'The year 2020 has been certainly different and the run up to Christmas can be a manic time. At Dyrham this year we're offering visitors the chance to do something a bit different and have some breathing space. You can forget tinsel, baubles and Father Christmas but we can offer a selection of interesting outdoor trails and walks as well as a bit of shopping of course!'


Though the house is currently closed in line with government guidelines, the steps on the West Front are decorated with a giant wreath and festive garlands.

In the garden and parkland you can witness winter beauty through the outlines of the trees. Feel free to wander at your own pace and you could tie a brightly coloured ribbon onto a tree branch in the garden's nut walk and make a wish, a 17th-century tradition. The ribbon tying will run from Dec 19-23.

Peter Rabbit and his friends will be popping up for a trail for children around the wintry garden. This starts on Sat 5 Dec.

Two trails aimed at adults have also been created. Our poetry trail runs through the quiet terraces area offering an opportunity to reflect on 17th-century seasonal verse in a peaceful setting. 

The popular mindfulness trail will also be back for the winter which takes you around the park and garden suggesting places and areas to stop, think and really focus on you, your feelings and your connections with nature at that moment.


The National Trust shop is well stocked with cards, presents, hampers, food and drink and plenty of gift ideas in a lovely stress-free setting away from the busy high street or the screen. 


The takeaway refreshment kiosk is open each day with mince pies, snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks.

Dyrham Park is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry at 3pm). The whole site is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Your visit

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.