Attractions, Featured Attraction, Safari Parks, South West England, United Kingdom

Longleat

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Warminster, United Kingdom

01985 844400

www.longleat.co.uk

In 1966, Longleat became the first location outside Africa to open a drive-through Safari. Over 50 years on, Longleat remains one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Boasting animals, Elizabethan architecture, 900 acres of parkland, and easy access from the A350, A36 and A361 Longleat truly is the perfect choice for a day out.

A trip to Longleat affords you the chance to immerse yourselves in the majesty of the impressive animals, moving freely across hundreds of acres of land; including zebra, giraffe, tigers, rhino, flamingo, cheetahs, and of course Longleat’s famous lions.

Stop at the African Village to walk amongst the lemurs and spot the lofty giraffes. Maybe grab a slice of cake at the Watering Hole and take a look out across the Zebra Plains. Don’t forget to visit Wallaby Walk and Warthog Ridge too!

There’s no need to book a time to come through the safari, just drive up from the main entrance with your tickets when you are ready to begin your wild adventure. The Safari Drive-Through is open at different times throughout the year so if you’re curious, do check on the website or call on 01985 844328 to discuss planning your day. Access to the Safari Drive-Through and the African Village are included in the Day Ticket; so there will be no surprise charges!

Longleat House, the beating heart of Longleat, was substantially completed by 1580 and is the current home to the 7th Marquess of Bath and three generations of the Thynne family. As well as being packed to the rafters with priceless antiques; the abundance of artistry and flair that the House exudes will capture imaginations of those young, and young at heart.

Longleat may be best known for its Safari Park and Elizabethan stately Home, but it also represents a prime example of ‘Capability’ Brown’s exquisite style.

Lancelot Brown, who was born in 1716 and nicknamed ‘Capability’ for his apt persuasion of wealthy clients that their estates had ‘capability’ for improvement, employed his talents at Longleat between 1757 and 1762. With the assistance of the 1st Marquess of Bath the estate was transformed. Preceding this, Longleat had embraced the former fashion for formal gardens (boasting a Baroque Garden designed by George London in the 1660’s) but developments were made for something more natural. Brown established undulating lawns, peppered with trees and lakes. He went on to undertake extensive planting throughout the estate, and created the Pleasure Walk arboretum, which can still be enjoyed by visitors today.

Naturally, Brown’s work at Longleat has not gone untouched, but the fact that the estate remains largely Brown’s is an enduring testament to his work and style.

Longleat’s eccentric history, along with its firm home in the hearts of children and adults cements it as one of Britain’s most remarkable visitor attractions.

The Festival of Light

  • Fridays – Sundays from 10th November
  • Every day from 1st December until 2nd January 2018 (excluding Christmas Day)

The much anticipated theme for Longleat’s fourth Festival of Light will be the magic of storytelling. It draws inspiration from tales new and old; including popular stories like Little Red Riding Hood, the Nordic influenced Little Mermaid, as well as the local legend of Somerset’s ‘Gurt Worm’ dragon.

The inspired narrative of the festival’s 2017 theme will see guests travelling through a mysterious world, peppered with captivating scenes and characters from well-known tales, evoking a sense of fantasy and nostalgia amongst all ages.

On selected dates from 10th November through to 2nd January, the event will see the iconic Wiltshire Estate transported to a whimsical fairy tale land of imagination, through a series of giant and awe-inspiring illuminated lantern displays. Each lantern has been uniquely conceived by Longleat’s in-house design team to create a completely new and immersive literary experience for guests to capture the magic of storytelling.

Among dazzling scenes of cherished tales, including Cinderella’s horse-drawn pumpkin carriage and Snow White’s infamous encounter with the peddler woman; visitors to Longleat are invited to dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy, marvel at the dizzying heights of Rapunzel’s’ tower, hide from the Snow Queen, make friends with the Ugly Duckling, meet the charming Frog Prince, and lose themselves in Thumbelina’s toadstool valley.

  • Groups of 12+ receive generous discounts and exclusive perks such as complimentary driver tickets and lunches, and organiser tickets.
  • Contact the dedicated groups team on 01985 844328 or email groups@longleat.co.uk.

Longleat
The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW
Telephone: 01985 844328
Email: groups@longleat.co.uk
Website: www.longleat.co.uk
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Longleat

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Warminster, United Kingdom

In 1966, Longleat became the first location outside Africa to open a drive-through Safari. Over 50 years on, Longleat remains one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions. Boasting animals, Elizabethan architecture, 900 acres of parkland, and easy access from the A350, A36 and A361 Longleat truly is the perfect choice for a day out. A trip to Longleat affords you the chance to […]

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Family and group offers at Longleat

Groups

  • Groups of 12+ receive generous discounts and exclusive perks such as complimentary driver tickets and lunches, and organiser tickets.
  • Contact the dedicated groups team on 01985 844328 or email groups@longleat.co.uk.

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