What to see in Dyrham house

A view of Dyrham Park set in parkland

Dyrham Park's house is now open part-time.

Subject to volunteer numbers, the house is currently open five afternoons a week (not Mon and Fri) from 12-5pm (last entry 4pm) with limited numbers and a one-way system in order to keep everyone safe.

Visitors must wear face coverings and there will be a queuing system on the West Terrace to manage numbers. Level access to the property is available via the East Front through double doors. Please note that entry to the site will not guarantee entry to the house but we expect weekdays to be a good time to be able to get in when we're usually quieter.

The route around the house includes two flights of stairs.

A taste of the 17th century

Inside the house you can get a flavour of the late 1600s and find out more about founder William Blathwayt, with highlights of the collection including artwork, furniture and a fine collection of blue and white Dutch Delftware.

Dyrham Park's three items from the National Trust's collection of 125 treasures are on display in the house - two paintings and the Delftware pyramid vases.

You can see the Gilt Leather Parlour and the sumptuous Great Hall, both of which recently featured in the BBC drama The Pursuit of Love, an adaptation of the Nancy Mitford novel. Filming for the programme took place during lockdown in September 2020.

Exhibition

The visitor route includes a temporary exhibition on Colonial Dyrham exploring Dyrham's global connections and showcasing some contemporary responses.

Upstairs

Upstairs there are several rooms to view and the chance to see the Tapestry Bedchamber which includes two tapestries that have just be rehung following specialist cleaning and conservation. One of these includes a newly added red squirrel, stitched back in after conservators noticed a gap and realised what should have been there. 

Please note, there is no lift to the first floor.

Conservation in action

Following massive re-roofing work, we're now carrying out vital conservation as part of a big project to re-present the house to create a more authentic, meaningful experience for visitors. Work has finished on the two staircases and now is under way in the basement.

The basement rooms which included the Victorian kitchen and the dairy are currently closed while this work takes place.

Transport

We have a new electric accessibility vehicle for those who need help getting from the car park to the house/garden and back. Places on the vehicle should be booked in advance by emailing dyrhampark@nationaltrust.org.uk