Lydiard Park

Attractions

Ages:

  • All The Family
  • Under 5s
  • School Age
  • Adults

Venue:

Indoor

Cost:

Low

Description

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, Cafe & Tea Rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

There's a wealth of history waiting to be discovered as you tour round the State Rooms of Lydiard House, celebrated for its ornate plasterwork, original furnishings and family portraits dating back to Elizabethan times. Next door, St Mary's Church holds further monuments to the St John family, including the unique Polyptych and Golden Cavalier statue. The Georgian ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden has been faithfully restored with stunning displays of flowers, fruit trees and topiary and in the park, there is more evidence of this once-great country estate, including the castellated dam wall, Ice House and grand avenues.

Dogs are allowed in the grounds and the park is a lovely destination for a walk, run or bike ride. There are BBQs available to hire in the summer and lots of picnic spots. Lydiard Park runs events all year round, including Open Air Theatre, Live Music, The Luna Cinema, and more. Lydiard Park is also a venue for many high profile events including The Royal British Legion's Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance and Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

Our onsite venue, The Lydiard House and Annexe, is a stunning and unique location for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, as well as birthdays, anniversarys and other celebratory parties or dinners. The venue also offers a tranquil, yet focussed environment for corporate events, training courses and meetings. Facilities also include 36 en-suite bedrooms.

Lydiard Park was purchased by the Swindon Corporation in 1943 and today it continues to be owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.

Lydiard House

Lydiard House

At the heart of the park is Lydiard House – a striking Grade I listed Palladian house that for 500 years was home to the St John family. The ground floor state apartments of Lydiard House have been beautifully restored and are open to visitors to view the ornate plasterwork and original family furnishings displayed alongside portraits and photographs of the St John family.Your visit starts in the grand Main Hall, which was originally the impressive entrance to the St John's family home as well as being a space for dancing and entertainment. To the right, you will find the Library, lined with bookshelves decorated with classical plaster busts of famous philosophers.

walled garden

Walled Gardens

Lydiard Park's Walled Garden is open all year round offering a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy through all the seasons. It is a rare example of an 18th century Walled Garden. In the 1740s, the St John family built this rhombus-shaped garden behind the Coach House and Stable buildings. It was used to grow flowers and fruit as well as providing a pleasant place for the family to stroll after dinner.

As the once grand St John estate declined, so did this garden and by the end of the 20th century, it was in a sad state. As part of the Lydiard Park Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the garden was restored to its former glory and re-opened to the public in 2007.

walled garden

The Park

Lydiard Park is open every day from 7.30am to dusk (except Christmas Day). There are 260 acres of historic landscape with lawns, woodlands, lakes and pasture. Wide, accessible paths criss-cross the site making it a great location for a walk, run, jog or bike ride. Dogs are welcome in the park, though not allowed in the children's play area, playing fields, Lydiard House and Walled Garden (except guide dogs), the cafe and indoor areas of the Tea Rooms.

park walkers

If you like to relax, there are benches around the park and the lawn provides a pretty spot for a picnic. There are static BBQs available to hire and lots more space for picnics in our BBQ field next to the main car park.

Next to the cafe, there is a large children's play ground with separate toddler area. Both are full of bright and modern slides, climbing and swinging equipment offering hours of active fun for children. The aerial adventure centre, Jungle Parc, is located in the woods next to the Forest Cafe.

The park provides different wildlife habitats, including the historic woodlands and the lakes and stream, and is home to a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates.

Opening Times

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park Opening Times
From Friday 8 February 2019 7:30am - 6pm
From Friday 8 March 2019 7:30am - 7pm
From Sunday 24 March 2019 7:30am - 8pm
From Friday 19 April 2019 7:30am - 8:30pm
From Friday 3 May 2019 7:30am - 9pm
From Friday 16 August 2019 7:30am - 8:30pm
From Friday 20 September 2019 7:30am - 7pm
From Friday 4 October 2019 7:30am - 6pm
From Sunday 27 October 2019 7:30am - 5pm

Lydiard House

Wednesday - Sunday (and bank holiday Mondays) 11am - 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Lydiard House re-opens for the 2019 season from Saturday, 23 March 2019.

Walled Garden

Open everyday from 11am - 4pm.

Forest Cafe

  • Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Coach House Tea Rooms

Monday to Sunday 10am - 4pm (Open subject to weather conditions)

Ticket Prices

Entry to the grounds of Lydiard Park is free. Car parking charges apply, please see the parking page for more details. Tickets for Lydiard House and Walled Garden are available to purchase from Lydiard House and the Coach House Tea Rooms. For regular visitors to Lydiard Park, our Season Ticket option will offer great value and will save visitors money within two visits.

House and Garden Combined Admission

  • Adult £6.80
  • Child (3-15 yrs) £3.70
  • Senior (60+) / Student £6.30
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child) £15.80
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £18.90
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children) £22.10
  • Under 3s Free

Walled Garden Admission

  • Adult £4.20
  • Senior (60+) / Student £3.70
  • Child (3-15 yrs) £2.10
  • Under 3s Free

Carers go free with a carers card and valid ID.

Season Tickets – Valid for 12 Months

  • Adult £13.70
  • Child (3-15 yrs) £7.40
  • Senior (60+) £12.60
  • Student £12.60
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child) £26.30
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £29.40
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children) £32.60

Find out more about events at Lydiard House & Park here

Open hours

Monday11am4pm
Tuesday11am4pm
Wednesday11am4pm
Thursday11am4pm
Friday11am4pm
Saturday11am4pm
Sunday11am4pm