Where adventure and history meet
Safari Park, House and Gardens
The Longleat estate
If you would like to visit Longleat while you are staying in Bath, you can book a private tour with Bath Tourist Tours. We will collect you from your accommodation and take you directly to Longleat, and collect you at a pre-agreed time so you can go at your own pace.
The Longleat Estate comprises the Safari and Adventure Park as well as the English stately home of the Marquess of Bath Longleat House. There is plenty to see and do at Longleat – your only problem will be fitting it all in in a day!
longleat safari & adventure park
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park was opened in 1966. It was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa and was the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield of the famous Chipperfields Circus.
The Safari park is home to over 500 animals that are housed in 10 separate areas of the park. The animals you can see include the famous lions of Longleat, a troop of cheeky Macaque monkeys, tigers, cheetahs, giraffes, wolves, a rescued former circus elephant, rhinos and deer. Some areas of the park can be experienced on foot, but for the rest of the enclosures you can take a ride on one of the double decker Safari Buses. You can sit back and enjoy the guided tour whilst the expert driver provides an exciting and informative commentary about the animals you see.
There are plenty more animals to see around the main square: you can take a boat trip around the lake and see the sea lions and gorillas; you can get up close to a colony of Humboldt penguins and Thornback Rays; feed the pretty Lorikeets; wander with monkeys; and journey into Jungle Kingdom which is home to meerkats, aardvarks, coati and more!
If historic English houses and gardens are more to your taste you can spend the day walking through the corridors and grand rooms of Longleat House. You will be transported back 450 years to Elizabethan times when the house was largely completed. You can join a tour to hear more about the rich history of the house or you can explore in your own time the state rooms and first floor rooms that include the Great hall, library, dining room, saloon and the grand staircase.
Longleat House has been home to 15 generations of the Thynne family and is currently occupied by the 7th Marquess of Bath and his family.
formal & pleasure gardens
The stunning house is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens and pleasure gardens that you are free to explore. You can enjoy a coffee in the Orangery and look out over the romantic Love labyrinth garden before taking a walk to explore the Secret Garden and Peacock Garden which boasts some impressive topiary. A longer walk will take you on the Pleasure Walk which was originally created by Capability Brown in the mid-18th century where you can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and see perfectly times glimpses of Longleat House and the lakes just as Brown intended.