This is one of Britain's leading tourist attractions. Home of the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat has something to offer for all the family but this is not a cheap day out and everything is at a premium. A snack lunch for a small family will leave you with little change from £25.00 and admission on their passport system will cost around £58.00 for two adults and two children under 14. In fairness, Longleat and its attractions deserve more than just a day visit and the passport system does allow you to return without further charge to complete your tour and finish off attractions that you did not get round to the first time.
The attractions are open daily from the end of March until the end of October from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ( 5 p.m. at weekends ). During busy times the traffic can be quite heavy with long tail backs waiting for admission to the grounds. Once inside there is plenty to do for everyone of all age groups. The Safari Park takes at least an hour and a half to get round and has a wide variety of wild animals including mischevious monkeys who have been known to steal things and damage cars. Keep your windows closed and fasten down the hatches in the monkey compound.
Longleat House is another tour that takes time in order to be appreciated. This is a fine building with beautiful contents and should not be rushed. Visitors wishing to see Lord Bath's Murals can book at the front desk of the house on the day of their visit.
Attractions include King Arthur's Mirror Maze, two motion simulators, a Pets Corner, a railway, Butterfly Garden, The Hedge Maze ( the worlds longest hedge maze ), Postman Pat Village, Adventure Castle and Blue Peter Maze, Longleat House Scale Model, Family Bygones, Dolls Houses and Life and Times of Henry, Lord Bath. There are several souvenir shops, the Wessex Pavillion with a variety of food choices and the Cellars Restaurant to the rear of Longleat House.
Visit the official website of Longleat:www.longleat.co.uk
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Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire. BA12 7NW. Tel: 01985 844400