Whether you’re a special interest group, U3A, tour operator or just a group of friends, a visit to Bowood is always a special treat. We have a variety of group packages and guided tours for all interests. We can offer guided tours of Bowood House, the Capability Brown Parkland or the Private Walled Gardens. If time allows, why not enjoy all on the same day.

Bowood House & Gardens is now closed and will reopen for the 2023 season from 1st April – 1st November. 

Our opening times for the 2023 Season have now changed and we will open from 10:00 to 17:00 last admissions 16:00.

House & Gardens

Explore at your own leisure.

Enjoy a beautiful day visiting Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s family home, surrounded by acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and stunning gardens. Bowood House, home to the Lansdowne family since 1754, has a fascinating history. The Big House, as it was known, was demolished in 1955, leaving the most perfectly balanced Georgian structure, full of fascinating family memorabilia, including the room in which Dr. Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen gas on 1st August 1774.

For Groups of 15 or more our standard admission into Bowood House & Gardens:

2023 Prices:

Adult (17+) – £13.60

Senior (60+) – £11.80

For more information and to book a Group Visit or Tour to Bowood House & Gardens, please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

Download our Group 2023 Brochure

2023 Private Walled Garden Tour

Exclusive tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Gardens.

A truly special experience as our guides tailor each tour to suit the season and the flowers in bloom, from the trailing wisteria to a wall of climbing roses.  Featuring four distinctly different one-acre squares.

  • 90-minute tour of the Walled Gardens
  • Includes admissions to the House & Gardens

For groups of 15 or more.

From £18.70 per person

Please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

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2023 Capability Brown Parkland Tour

Bowood Park is unique, the evolution of its creation is a story in itself.

Allow our garden guides to transport you back 250 years to explain Brown’s extraordinary achievement. The park is considered to be one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest creations. With a mix of wooded plantations and sweeping lawns leading down to a mile long winding lake, the Bowood landscape has an exceptionally interesting history, which will be revealed in this tour.

Come visit us during Autumn you can expect to see the most breathtaking autumnal colours as you explore the grounds that come alive at this time of year. Awash with crisp oranges and deep red hues, it’s worth wrapping up warm and enjoying the beauty of our Arboretum.

For groups of 15 or more.

From £18.70 per person

  • 90-minute tour with private guide
  • Includes admissions to the House & Gardens following your tour

Please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

Download Group 2023 Brochure

New for 2023 Woodland Garden Guided Tour

Brand new for 2023, join an exclusive guided tour of Bowood’s spectacular Woodland Gardens.

Woodland Gardens will open again for the flowering season mid April to early June 2023.

As you are led along the rides by your expert tour guide, each step opens a new vista of breathtaking beauty, from the minute detail of the individual flower to the grand sweep of colours formed by hundreds of shrubs.

In April, you will be surrounded by carpets of bluebells and swathes of magnolias. May and June bring a breathtaking display of rhododendrons and azaleas, with over 30 hardy hybrids, some previously thought to be extinct.

The various walks extend to over two miles in length, and most are named after members of the family.

You will also visit the impressive Mausoleum, one of Robert Adam’s finest classical buildings, which was commissioned in 1761 as a memorial to the 1st Earl of Shelburne.

For more information and to book a guided tour of the Woodland Gardens, please contact our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

Please note: The tour requires around 90 minutes of walking, with limited seating. The paths around the Woodland Gardens can be uneven, and steep in places, therefore those with mobility issues may find the terrain difficult.

Directions: Bowood Woodland Gardens are a separate attraction to Bowood House & Gardens and have a separate entrance off the A342, Devizes Road, between Derry Hill and Sandy Lane villages. If using Sat Nav please use the postcode SN11 9PG.

Woodland Gardens

An oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons.

Woodland Gardens will open again for the flowering season mid April to early June 2023. Located 2 miles from Bowood House, between Derry Hill and Sandy Lane. This separate attraction is highly recommended in combination with a visit to the House & Gardens.

Groups of 15 or more

Adult – £8.00

Senior (60+) – £7.00

Please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

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Group Facilities and Information

For groups of 15 or more, we can tailor your visit to your requirements and can arrange catering and dedicated parking for the disabled.

To help you promote your visit we can send you leaflets as well as supply you with information and stunning images to use.

Coach drivers receive complimentary access to Bowood House & Gardens and a lunch voucher.

For more information or to book, please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968. 

(Please enquire for prices if you wish to arrange a combined group visit to the Woodland Gardens with one of our House & Garden Tours. Please note that this attraction requires walking on some uneven terrain and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.)

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Children's Birthday Parties

Celebrate at Bowood

Celebrate your child’s special day at Bowood House & Gardens and enjoy access to the Adventure Playground and The Den. Available during Bowood’s open season only.

Please email our Group Sales Coordinator – Lisa Kent on l.kent@bowood.org or call 01249 810968.

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