Guided tours and walks

Visitors in the garden at Dyrham Park

There are a range of free daily guided walks and tours of the park, garden and beyond - where you can learn more about the history and current happenings at Dyrham Park.

As fun as it is to go exploring our park and garden on your own, for those who want to learn a bit more about the place, we offer a programme of free daily guided walks and tours (normal admission applies).

Run by our knowledgable volunteers, they cover both the history of Dyrham Park and updates on what is happening today; some focus on the garden, others on the terraces and park with a handful taking you off-site. The regular tours vary with the seasons so are well worth coming back for.

Daily deer park tours

Join one of our experienced rangers for a tour of the ancient deer park. You'll head out on foot with your guide in search of the deer and learn more about how we care for the herd and how it came to be at Dyrham Park. Tours leave reception at 11am and start outside the shop at 2.30pm every day.

Daily garden tours

Work is well underway to create a 21st-century garden with flavours of the past in the formal West garden at Dyrham Park. With long, luscious borders, two ponds and a wildflower orchard there are plenty of plants and wildlife to see and it is on this free guided tour where you can learn more about the flora, fauna and animals that live in our garden. Tours start in the courtyard between 12pm and 2pm every day - please check with reception on arrival for further details.

A range of walks and tours

Mr Blathwayt's 'best' garden

This tour takes you on a journey to the East front, which is now home to open parkland but which used to be part of the 17th-century Dutch water garden. At the time, Dyrham was 'among the best gardens in England', according to professor Tim Mowl. This tour shines a light on why that was and what it encompassed.

Terraces tour

A couple of years ago, the 'lost terraces' were opened for the first time since the National Trust took over the running of Dyrham Park in the 1950s. A lot of work has gone into creating a pleasant wooded area that joins the park to the garden and there's plenty to see here, with incredible seasonal changes. Around a dozen terrace tours take place on various days each month.

'Hidden water walk'

Dyrham Park used to be home to an impressive Dutch water garden, with ornate canals and water fountains. Glimpses of this still exist in the form of the statue of Neptune, water tanks in the now park and pools in the garden. The hidden water walk takes you around the park and garden and into areas normally closed to the public, including Pond Wood. The water walk takes place weekly on various days.

'Beyond Blathwayt's Gates'

The estate as we know it today is just a fraction of the size as the Blathwayt estate in the 17th Century and, unsurprisingly, the village of Dyrham had strong ties with Dyrham Park. 'Beyond Blathwayt's Gates' is a tour which takes you on a circular loop of the village to learn more about the cottages and people who once lived in them. Lasting up to 2 hours, this weekly tour usually takes place at 1pm on Mondays.

'Mr Blathwayt Builds A Garden'

The history of the garden was explored in our recent 'The King & The Courtier: Dyrham's Garden Revealed' exhibition in the house (you can still see a small version of this in the basement) and this tour looks at the same topic. Referring to the 300+ year old Johannes Kip engraving, the tour explores what was in the 17th-century garden and highlights the elements which remain and those we're planning on bringing to life in our five year garden project. Several tours take place each week on different days, see the blackboard in the courtyard on arrival.

Trees of a 17th-century garden

This informative guided tour takes you from the garden along Church Walk and into the terraces as well as the tea garden, East and West gardens. You will see a range of incredible trees, including yews, tulip trees and ancient perry pear trees as well as sycamore, oak and a magnificent black mulberry tree.

Cotswold Wardens walks

The village walk isn't the only one which takes you off-site. Situated on the Cotswold Way, we work closely with the voluntary Cotswold Wardens on a range of tasks from tree guard building and dry stone walling to exploring new walks. These head out in different directions, including into Wiltshire (Castle Coombe), towards Bristol (Siston Court) and around the local area (Dyrham).

For more details on these walks and information on dates and times, please see our events pages.