Bowood House sits within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. 


Family History

Home to the Lansdowne family since 1754.

The Bowood Estate was bought in 1754 by the 1st Earl of Shelburne, his descendants have lived here ever since. Not simply landowners, the Petty-Fitzmaurices have served in public office almost continuously for over 200 years.

The changing fortunes of the family, through difficult and easier times, are reflected in the evolution of Bowood.


State Rooms

Bowood House hosts a wealth of unique art and antiques with many historical treasures.

Explore the family Library and Chapel, the room where Joseph Priestley discovered Oxygen in 1774, the Sculpture Gallery, the Orangery and a range of exhibition rooms.

Nearly 300 years of amazing artefacts and antiques from the family history are on display.



2018 Exhibition

A Patriotic Peace, The 5th Marquess and World War One.

 A remarkable act of political courage took place, when the 5th Marquess wrote to The Daily Telegraph calling for a negotiated peace with Germany. Sadly, the Peace Letter, published on the 29th November 1917, ignited a sensation.

This exhibition, displayed in the Orangery will consider the world and personal events that led Lord Lansdowne to publically question the slaughter in Europe.

Private Hire & Events

An exquisite setting to hold an event.

Benefit from a backdrop of one of England’s finest Georgian House with an event site combining acres of space and stunning beauty and unrivalled accessibility.

Bowood House can also host a range of private functions, with a bespoke service to create an exclusive and memorable event.

The Gardeners’ Bothy, recently refurbished and available for private hire.  The perfect setting for talks, courses, meetings, seminars and private family celebrations.