See Dyrham differently
You're invited to continue seeing Dyrham Park differently as the garden is transformed into a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past and the house is re-imagined.
Following the 2015/16 re-roofing project which safeguarded the future of the house and its collection, we're now in a state of transformation.
The house team is working hard to conserve and audit the collection as well as creating new displays in the 300-year-old house and we're offering you a chance to get a sneak peek with 'behind the scenes' tours this winter.
Transforming the house
When the scaffolding came down in the summer of 2016, the house team created a new conservation studio on the upper floors, an area previously not open to the public.You can now explore this area as part of daily conservation tours.
'The King & The Courtier: Dyrham's Garden Revealed' exhibition which was on display throughout 2016 is now being dismantled to make way for new displays, which you can see as part of the 'behind the scenes' tour ahead of the main house opening in March.
The basement, which is open daily, is home to a second-hand bookshop and 'Building Dyrham' exhibition, where you can learn about how the house was built and roof recently replaced as well as find out more about the former 17th-century Dutch water garden.
With the upper floors of the house closed during the re-roofing project, new areas were created downstairs - including 'Mr Blathwayt's apartment', five dressed rooms giving you a flavour of 17th-century life. 'Mr Blathwayt's apartment' re-opens on 4 March 2017.
Transforming the garden
Outside, the garden team will be continuting their work in re-developing the West garden with flavours of the past. The face of the garden is changing rapidly, with new borders created, structural planting and lawns and trees removed.
Inspired by the Kip engraving, the garden team is re-creating some elements of the 17th-century garden while also employing some 18th-century and modern day elements - a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past.
An ancient deer park
Outside is changing too, with the recent opening of the 'Lost terraces', providing a valuable link between the park and the garden; the 'Journey of discovery' sculpture trail, opening up the southern side of the park and the 'Hollow ways' natural play area attached.
The popular 'Old Lodge' play area has been revamped, with plenty of tractors for toddlers to drive on, a nature table and large fort to climb on. And the 'Prospect walk' takes you out to a viewpoint with sweeping views across the Bristol Channel to Wales.
Please note: We do not allow dogs in the main deer park or garden, but they are welcome in the dog walking area next to the car park.