Inside Dyrham house

Dyrham Park house re-opened in March 2017

The house, full of Dutch-inspired delights, has re-opened with more rooms open than last year as changes following the major conservation work to the roof continue.

You're invited to step inside the world of colonial administrator William Blathwayt and learn more about life in the 17th Century.

As you enter through the large white doors on the West Terrace, you'll be welcomed into the large former home of Mr Blathwayt and his wife Mary. You'll get a flavour, literally if you like, of what life was like as you enjoy a sample of 17th-century hot chocolate as you exit via the Green House.

What is new this year? 

More rooms are now open and dressed with items from the collection and information on display.

The Family Parlor is where you will be introduced to Dyrham Park founder William Blathwayt and the Japanned Closet is where we're keen to gather your feedback.

Volunteers will be happy to share with you updates about the work we're doing to conserve and represent the house and its collection.

Who was Mr Blathwayt?

Mr Blathwayt was a senior civil servant and one time MP who acquired Dyrham Park estate when he married heiress Mary Wynter in the Christmas of 1686 - his vision saw the house built and filled with exotic delights and a magnificent Dutch water garden created.

House and Collections Manager Eilidh Auckland said: "It is through the story of Mr Blathwayt that you can fully understand and appreciate Dyrham Park. He was a very interesting man with lots of stories to tell, but not everyone knows much about him. We're keen to change that."

Dyrham house is open seven days a week 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).