What to see in Dyrham house

View of the house from the parkland in November at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

A small selection of rooms in the main house is open each afternoon while planned conservation and decorative work takes place. The new exhibition and basement are open too.

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 the basement and is now underway in the main house. 

What to see

A small selection of rooms is open on the ground floor of the main house each afternoon while the project work continues. The three rooms will give a flavour of the collection and an idea of how we store items whilst work takes place. Entry will be through the Greenhouse which adjoins the house. As well as the rooms, visitors will get to see the recently restored Best Staircase and the popular Samuel Van Hoogstraten painting  'A View through a House'.

More rooms will be opened in the coming months as project work is completed.

Other spaces

The basement, which includes the second-hand bookshop, Great Kitchen and dairy, is also open each afternoon. The entrance to the basement is signposted as you arrive from the parkland and is via the south west courtyard. 

A new exhibition is also open for visitors to see between 10.30am and 3pm. ‘The world of William Blathwayt and the birth of modern Britain' focuses on the fast-changing world of the late 17th century when the house and grounds as we know them were created.

Did you know that Dyrham Park's Gilt Leather Parlour and the sumptuous Great Hall both 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.

 

Transport

We are running electric mobility vehicles between the car park and house between 11am and 4pm for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to manage the steep terrain. The service is run by volunteers and subject to availability.