Dyrham Park Rework'd

Project

UPDATE: To further restrict the spread of coronavirus, project building work is currently paused at Dyrham Park.

Work has started on an ambitious £10 million project to restore, revitalise and reimagine Dyrham Park.

The project, called Dyrham Park Rework'd, aims to create an engaging and meaningful journey into the 17th century while giving people more space to park, eat, shop and play. 

Revitalised house

Ultimately, the house will be zoned into themed areas with restored historic rooms, a new exhibition space in rooms never open to the public before, a tasting kitchen and a conservation studio.

Both main staircases have been restored, key rooms will redecorated to the original 17th century design and lighting updated throughout the house to showcase Dyrham's collections.

Georgiana Hockin, Visitor Experience Consultant, said: 'We want to make the rooms sing. We’re working to create that magic and to ignite a special connection between our visitors and this place. The results are going to be tantalising and multi-sensory, providing an immersive experience.'

Garden plans

Seventeenth century elements are also being brought to life in the garden. One of the main areas of transformation will be that of the West Terrace with its 17th century layout of parterre, topiary and paving creating a striking approach to the house.

A series of all-weather walking routes will also be created around the parkland.

Better facilities

A new car-park, visitor welcome building with toilets, a shop and catering offer are planned. The current restaurant will be extended and there will be new toilets and catering at Old Lodge.

Work is being carefully planned to allow Dyrham Park to stay open throughout the two years of works. When areas are out of bounds, alternative spaces will be open wherever possible and there will always be people to talk to and information in place so visitors feel part of the journey.

Senior Project Manager Tim Cambourne said: 'We've got a big programme of works mapped out for the next few years. As well as being able to comfortably cater for visitors, the project is allowing us to completely revitalise the experience for people coming to Dyrham.'

Fundraising

While much of the infrastructure work is being funded through a loan that will be paid back through the additional income generated through the new facilities, we need to raise funds for the work to the house.

Sharon Hale, Retail and Business Development Manager, said: “For the work to the house, which includes essential conservation, we have to raise some funds. £300,000 has already been raised but we need to find a further £161,000.'

There are many ways in which you can support the project, by donation on site or online, by purchasing a raffle ticket, by sponsoring our fundraising activities or by creating your own events on our behalf.

Timeline

Please note the timeline is subject to change and delays are expected in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest updates

01 Oct 21

Parkland to be reinstated

Land that had been resurfaced and used for the current carpark will be turned back into parkland.

15 Jan 21

Work on the new welcome building set to start

The new welcome building to be situated in Whitefield is due to start. It will include a shop, toilets and a 'grab-and-go' coffee shop. The building is expected to be finished by the end of 2021.

15 Jan 21

Car park work to get under way

Car park work, due to last around a year, gets going.