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Christmas at Dyrham Park

Two woman adjust decorations on a large lit indoor Christmas tree at Dyrham Park
Adjusting the tree at Dyrham Park | © National Trust/Steve Haywood

For Christmas 2023, we invited you on special journey through time as we explored Christmas through the ages.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Dyrham Park

The below information is for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed all we had on offer. Please check back closer to Christmas 2024 to find out all the exciting things we have in store for you.

Travel through time in the house

The house is dressed with festive decorations from five different eras. Visitors can work out which room matches which period, helped by decorations, yuletide customs and objects. Festive writings by the likes of Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are brought to life.

Staff and volunteers decorate a 1940s style Christmas tree
A 1940s Christmas tree at Dyrham Park | © National Trust/Steve Haywood

Trees, wreaths and festive pears

There are pear-themed decorations with Christmas trees and wreaths dotted around the site, with the chance to take a festive selfie next to a giant wreath.

Children's trail

Families can get active and let the excitement build while tracking down giant wooden presents in a discovery trail around the 270 acre site. Inside each one is a Christmas through the ages quiz question to keep the whole family on their toes.

Indoor crafts

Seasonal crafts and traditional games are under way in the house's basement bringing to life the magic of the popular festive poem 'The Night before Christmas'. A little mouse named 'Wynter' will guide you on your wintry way.

Visitors on a winter trail through the parkland at Dyrham Park
Visitors on a winter trail through the parkland at Dyrham Park | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Poetry trail

A trail through the peaceful wooded terraces area includes seasonal winter poems on chalkboards dating from Christmases past.

Christmas choirs

Local choirs will be singing carols and festive tunes on selected weekends in the run up to Christmas, some outside by the garden or inside the village church of St Peter which is next to the estate. Times and dates can be found here.

Make a wreath

Wreath-making workshops being held in early December are now sold out.

Christmas food and shopping

The tea-room is open each day serving mince pies, snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks, and the takeaway kiosk will open on busier days. You can also warm up with a hot drink from the new café in the parkland at Old Lodge.

The National Trust shop is well stocked with cards, presents, hampers, food and drink and plenty of gift ideas in a lovely stress-free setting away from the busy high street.

On selected dates running up to Christmas, food and drink tastings are planned to sample some festive products available in the shop. These are planned for Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 8 and Dec 16.

Dates and details

The Christmas offer runs from Fri 1 Dec to Sun 7 Jan. The whole site will be closed on Sun 24 and Mon 25 Dec and on Thu 4 Jan. No pre-booking is required.

Visitors exploring the Christmas decorations inside the house at Killerton, Devon

Get into the festive spirit

From wreath-making workshops and carol concerts to winter illuminations, find Christmas days out near you.

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Things to see and do in the house at Dyrham Park 

The main phases of conservation and decorative work in the house at Dyrham Park are now complete and you can explore beautifully presented rooms, delve into the house's history and discover what it was like to live in the 17th century.

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Eating and shopping at Dyrham Park 

After exploring the house and garden, refuel with a tasty treat from the tea-room, café at Old Lodge or tea garden kiosk. Whether sweet or savoury, there's bound to be something to tempt you. Afterwards, take home a gift from the shop, where there's a wide range of products, from locally made chutneys to fun family books.

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Things to do in the garden and parkland at Dyrham Park 

Dyrham Park’s 17th-century inspired West Garden, ponds perry orchard and 270 acres of parkland are filled with seasonal interest and great places to spot nature.

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Walks at Dyrham Park 

The 270-acre parkland at Dyrham is a great place to explore the outdoors and enjoy a walk, whatever the time of year.

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Christmas lights and winter illuminations 

During winter, many of the places in our care are transformed with colour as they host winter illuminations and lights trails. Check back later in the year for details of the events coming up in 2024.

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Historic houses decked out for Christmas 

Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. From the 1800s to the 1980s, see houses decked out with decorations from across history at the places in our care.

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Christmas markets and winter fairs 

Find perfect Christmas presents or stock up on seasonal treats and decorations at a Christmas market or winter fair.