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Bath and Bristol

Magnificent houses, peaceful gardens, wooded trails and little-known treasures can be found in Bath and Bristol. Plan your day out and find lots of things to see and do with all the family.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit near Bath and Bristol

Tyntesfield House in Early Summer, showing pink flowers and a central flower bed on the walk up to the House.
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Tyntesfield 

An ornate Victorian Gothic Revival house with extensive garden and parkland, just a stone's throw from Bristol

Fully open today
View of the West Front and gardens in summer at Dyrham Park
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Dyrham Park 

Ancient parkland, 17th-century house and garden

near Bath, South Gloucestershire

Fully open today
View over the Pasture towards the Palladian Bridge at Prior Park and the city of Bath beyond.
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Prior Park Landscape Garden 

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath with one of only four Palladian bridges found in the world

Bath, Somerset

Partially open today
The South front of Newark Park house
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Newark Park 

A secluded estate with glorious views, providing country house hospitality, garden strolls and woodland walks

Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Fully open today
Two visitors walk towards the Gothic Arch at Lacock Abbey in late spring. The sun is shining and the greenery from shrubs and trees frames the buildings.
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Lacock 

Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

near Chippenham, Wiltshire

Fully open today
a close-up of two standing stones at Avebury, with visitors walking on the henge bank in the background
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Avebury 

Ancient stone circle, museum and manor house in the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site. NOTE: Avebury Manor is currently closed for restoration work.

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Partially open today
A view of Bath Assembly Rooms main entrance taking from the right, some tree leaves in view.
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Bath Assembly Rooms 

Elegant public rooms at the heart of fashionable eighteenth-century Bath life

Bath, Somerset

Partially open today
View of the lake with Palladian bridge and Pantheon in the distance in spring at Stourhead, Wiltshire
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Stourhead 

Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden

Fully open today

Summer holidays near Bath and Bristol

Two children and an adult playing with building blocks in a grassy field with trees in the background

Endless summer adventures near Bath and Bristol 

Looking for a day out that'll keep the whole family entertained? Find the best family-friendly places to visit and discover the fun-filled activities on offer.

4 people with instruments perform on a stage

Outdoor theatre in the South West 

Come and experience a theatre performance in the great outdoors this summer, with plenty of shows to choose from across the South West. Bring the whole family, a picnic blanket and some popcorn and settle down to watch the show with nature and perhaps a historic house as your backdrop. Browse our programme of shows and find your nearest performance.

More places to visit near Bath and Bristol

A persons boots led down in a meadow with a view towards the Bath Skyline.
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Bath Skyline 

Wide open space overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath

South East of the city of Bath, Bath and NE Somerset

Fully open today
Aerial view of Clevedon Court, Somerset
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Clevedon Court 

Medieval manor house and 18th-century terraced garden with wide views of the Mendip Hills

Clevedon, North Somerset

Closed now
A cottage at Blaise Hamlet
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Blaise Hamlet 

Nine rustic cottages around a green

Henbury, Bristol

Fully open today
A path through Leigh Woods, Bristol
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Leigh Woods 

A wilderness of tranquility set against Brunel's famous suspension bridge

near Bristol, Bristol

Fully open today

Castles and forts near Bath and Bristol

Discover Iron Age hillforts in the area – find out more about these fascinating areas, which are also rich in flora and fauna.

Views of Bath from Little Solsbury Hill at Bath Skyline, Bath.
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Solsbury Hill, Bath 

Occupied as a hillfort during the early Iron Age, between 300 BC and 100 BC in Bath. During this time huts were built from timber and wattle and daub. A 20-foot-wide rampart was constructed around the settlement, flanked on both sides by drystone walls.

Leigh Woods, Bristol
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Stokeleigh Hillfort, Leigh Woods 

A hillfort within Leigh Woods, found on the north flank of the Nightingale Valley, the 7.5-acre Stokeleigh Camp has been the subject of numerous archaeological digs over the years.

A winter view from Cadbury Camp
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Cadbury Camp 

Iron Age hill fort on the ridge above the village of Tickenham in North Somerset

Nr Clevedon, North Somerset

Fully open today

Countryside near Bath and Bristol

Explore outdoor spaces near Bath and Bristol, including woodlands filled with trails and meadows with views over the city.

Dawn at Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire
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Exploring the stone circles at Avebury 

Visiting Avebury and the surrounding landscape is a unique experience. The area contains multiple Neolithic and Bronze Age features including the largest stone circle in the world which you can enter and explore.

A family in a wildflower meadow running and holding nets to catch bugs. City of Bath in the distance.
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Bath Skyline 

With 500 acres of woodland and farmland in our care at the Bath Skyline, there's plenty to explore. Discover nature, wildlife and views of the historic city from this natural viewpoint.

A path through Leigh Woods, Bristol
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Leigh Woods 

A wilderness of tranquility set against Brunel's famous suspension bridge

near Bristol, Bristol

Fully open today
Clouds rolling across the sky at Bathampton Meadows.
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Bathampton Meadows 

Green corridor linking the historic city of Bath to the countryside

Bath and NE Somerset

Fully open today

Get involved

Making new friends, working in amazing places, and knowing that you're helping a cause you care about – just three great reasons to volunteer with us in Bath and Bristol.

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Volunteering around Bath and Bristol 

Making new friends, working in amazing places, and knowing that you're helping a cause you care about – just three great reasons to get volunteering in and around Bath and Bristol.

Volunteers on a guided nature walk at Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire
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Supporter groups in Bath and Bristol 

If you’d like to become more involved in a volunteer or social group in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas, read on to find out more.

Sustainable travel

Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Bath and Bristol? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.

People on mountain bicycles in Sizergh, Cumbria
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Sustainable travel in Bath and Bristol 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Bath and Bristol, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Guided Tours 2024 - July onwards 

Bath Assembly Rooms, Bath, Somerset

See the rooms on the ground floor of Bath Assembly Rooms and learn about the history of this building.

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16 Jul to 30 Aug 2024
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10:00 to 10:15
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Festival of Archaeology at Bath Assembly Rooms 

Bath Assembly Rooms, Bath, Somerset

Bath Assembly Rooms will be participating in the Festival of Archaeology for the first time this year - come and explore the discoveries we've made.

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16 Jul to 25 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
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Festival of Archaeology in the Pasture at Prior Park 

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset

Join the team of archaeologists as they continue the work from last year uncovering the Bason of Water and cascade.

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16 Jul to 26 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Echoes from the Aviary 

Tyntesfield

Experience a sound and visual art installation this spring

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16 Jul to 31 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 17:30
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Guided parkland walks 

Dyrham Park, near Bath, South Gloucestershire

An expert volunteer guide will lead you around the 270 acres of parkland to learn more about the site's history, archaeology, management and significance. At 10.30am and 1.30pm on selected days.

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16 Jul to 31 Jul 2024
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10:30 to 11:30
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Festival of Archaeology 

Tyntesfield

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology at Tyntesfield

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16 Jul to 28 Jul 2024
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10:30 to 16:00
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Nature tots at Old Lodge 

Dyrham Park, near Bath, South Gloucestershire

The popular session for pre-schoolers is back in March 2024 with nature activities each Tuesday morning in term time until mid October.

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16 Jul to 15 Oct 2024
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10:45 to 11:45
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Hidden Prior - A guided walk around Prior Park 

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset

Join our archaeologist for a guided walk around Prior Park learning about the hidden water ways in the garden.

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16 Jul to 18 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.