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.
Explore at your own leisure.
Open from 1st April – 1st November 2020.
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.
Group Prices for 12 or more:
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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.
During October our dahlia’s, rudbeckia’s and hydrangeas are in colour but also the Autumn colours from the shrubs and Trees.
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.
An oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons.
Woodland Gardens are now closed and will re-open again late April to early June 2020, 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.
2020 Woodland Day Ticket Prices:
Adult (17+) £7.25
Young Adult (13-16 years) £6.25
Senior (60+) £6.25
12 years and under are free to enter the Woodland Gardens.
For groups of 12 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 to be redeemed in the Treehouse Café.
For more information or to book please call 01249 810 961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.)
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Bowood House. In spite of the rain, several hardy souls managed to see a lot of the gardens and we all thought the house and contents were amazing. Thanks to all who made the visit so pleasant. The room attendants were very friendly and full of information, which greatly added to our appreciation of the day.Jackie Gould, June 2019
Please accept my sincere thanks, again, for our most interesting visit to Bowood House yesterday. All of our members commented upon how much they had enjoyed the day: the House, the excellent lunch and, in particular, the revelation which was the tour of the Walled Garden.Chris Davies, June 2019
Thank you so much for the superb organisation of our visit yesterday, meeting us on arrival and escorting us to the restaurant. The staff were well prepared for our group, tables already set with water jugs on the table and delicious food ready to serve. They were welcoming and helpful, making a really good start to our afternoon at Bowood. Everyone enjoyed the exhibitions in the house and the more energetic enjoyed walking in the lovely grounds. Altogether a most enjoyable visit! Many thanks once again.Anne Brown, Camberley U3A travel group, September 2019
Firstly, this is to say how much everyone enjoyed our visit to Bowood on Tuesday, and to thank you and the staff for your warm welcome. We certainly were so lucky that the rain cleared for our visit, and only started again just after we left! So, we were able to enjoy the gardens and grounds in sunshine, as well as the interesting exhibitions in the house. Members appreciated the delicious home-made biscuits on arrival, and also the excellent Stables Restaurant lunches - please give our thanks also to the restaurant and catering staff. Thanks again,Meg Rolfe, SDNTA, September 2019
Just wanted to say a very big thank you for your wonderful organisation for our trip and please pass our thanks to Mandy, she is a superb guide, very knowledgeable, patient and understanding. It has given us an appetite to return for some of the other tours in the future, once again many thanks.Margaret on behalf of Chute Gardening Club Committee, October 2019