Stourhead

Highly recommended
The garden at Stourhead, designed by the banker Henry Hoare II (1705-85), is a superb example of British landscape gardening. He was inspired by his travels and the work of Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin, who presented nature by playing with shade to obtain admirable results. The flower-decked planted areas are studded with follies: temples, Alfred Tower, cottage... The residence also has a Regency library and gallery with an extensive collection of paintings.

Useful information

Address:

BA12 6QD Mere

Phone:

+44 1747 841152

Price:

16.60 £ (children 8.30 £)

Opening hours

house: end Feb-end. Oct: 11am-4.30pm; end Oct-end Dec: 11am-3.30pm, ticket counter 30min before closing - closed mid Nov-end Nov and end Dec-Feb - King Alfred's Tower: early Mar-Oct: weekends noon-4pm; closed Nov-mid Mar - garden: 9am-6pm (Nov-Mar 5pm)

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