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?

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 poetry trail, some subtle outdoor decorations and a special children's trail. We're planning to have choirs in the neighbouring St Peter's Church on certain Saturdays in December.

You'll be able to sample tea with a 17th-century twist in the basement's Tasting Kitchen on various weekdays through December - please check on arrival for information.

Visitor Operations and Experience Manager Ann Fiddler explained: 'The year 2021 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!'

Outside

A giant outdoor wreath is planned bringing festive cheer and a great chance for a Christmas selfie for you and your family or friends.

In the garden and parkland you can witness winter beauty through the outlines of the trees. Feel free to wander at your own pace or follow a set route.

Percy the Park Keeper and his friends will be popping up for a trail for children around the wintry garden. This starts on Sat 4 Dec and will run until Mon 3 Jan.

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.

Shop

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. 

Refreshments

The tea-room refreshment is open each day with mince pies, snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks. The takeaway kiosk will open on busier days, subject to staffing

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

You no longer need to book to visit Dyrham Park. We are running electric mobility vehicles between the carpark and garden/house from 11am for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to manage the hill. The service is run by volunteers and subject to availability.

The house is open part-time - please check for exact opening times.