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Brief description of site

Longleat is a landscape park covering around 505 hectares, with 19th and 20th century formal gardens of 2.5 hectares. The site is now primarily known as the safari park introduced by the Marquess of Bath in 1964.

Brief history of site

The site had previously been a priory, the buildings of which were destroyed by fire in 1567. A grand new mansion was built. From 1683 a great formal garden in the Franco-Dutch style was laid out. This included a canalised section of the brook, fountains, mazes, plats, and a large wilderness plantation known as The Grove. The gardens became less formal from the early-18th century, and in 1751 Lancelot Brown was commissioned to lay out a park and remove the remaining formal elements of the gardens. Humphry Repton prepared a Red Book in 1803-4, and various alterations were made to the house and grounds at this time.

Location information:

Address: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Locality: Warminster

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Horningsham

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 183 Grid Ref: ST810430
Latitude: 51.1859 Longitude: -2.27323


The site is on the A362 Frome-Warminster road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are usually open daily, with some exceptions.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: safari park

Context or principal building: recreational

Site first created: After 1683

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 505

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