When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian mansion is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.

Explore the 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife.


Dogs are welcome across Stourhead’s countryside areas all year round, but now you can also explore the landscape garden:

November 2012 to February 2013 – all day, every day

March 2013 to November 2013 – after 4pm everyday

Please help us by keeping your dogs on leads and picking up after it when in the landscape garden.


Explore further

There are five great estate walks at Stourhead that are ideal for exploring with your dog year round. The walks take between 1 hour and 2½ hours to complete.