Bowood

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A visitor to Bowood today will see fine 18th-century architecture and splendid interiors: the Adam Orangery, the Chapel and Library by C.R. Cockerell, the New Hall, the Sculpture Gallery and the Laboratory where Dr Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774. There is also a series of exhibition rooms with a wealth of fine furniture, costumes, pocelain, jewellery and paintings on display. Outside, the house is surrounded by Capability Browns stunning park; there are magnificent formal gardens, a Picturesque rockwork garden; and the renowned pinetum and arboretum.

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Garden:7.2/10
Stately home:7.9/10
Popularity rank: #2925
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Wiltshire, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Bowood House And Gardens

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From the East
Exit at Junction 16 of the M4 and take the A3102 to Calne, from Calne take the A4 towards Chippenham and then follow the brown tourist signs to Bowood. Alternatively the route to Bowood is signposted from Junction 17 of the M4. Follow the brown tourist signs to Bowood House from Junction 17, around Chippenham and then head towards Calne on the A4. Then for the Golf and Country Club - Approx 3 miles out of Chippenham, there is a large white pub on the right (The Lysley Arms). Just after the pub turn right onto the A342 (Devizes) following the signs to Bowood Golf and Country Club. Drive up the hill for approx 1/2 mile then turn left into Derry Hill village. The entrance to the golf club is immediately to your right through the Golden Gates opposite The Lansdowne Arms pub. For The House & Gardens continue on the A4 up the hill and then turn right into the village of Derry Hill, the entrance to the House and Gardens is then in front of you as the road bends to the right.

From the West
The route to Bowood is signposted from Junction 17 of the M4. Follow the brown tourist signs to Bowood House from Junction 17, around Chippenham and then head towards Calne on the A4. Then for the Golf & Country Club - Approx 3 miles out of Chippenham, there is a large white pub on the right (The Lysley Arms). Just after the pub turn right onto the A342 (Devizes) following the signs to Bowood Golf and Country Club. Drive up the hill for approx 1/2 mile then turn left into Derry Hill village. The entrance to the golf club is immediately to your right through the Golden Gates opposite The Lansdowne Arms pub. For The House & Gardens continue on the A4 up the hill and then turn right into the village of Derry Hill, the entrance to the House and Gardens is then in front of you as the road bends to the right.

From the South
Take the A342 towards Chippenham, continue through the village of Sandy Lane and soon after the road changes to a 40 mph limit you will see the brown tourist sign for Bowood. Turn right into the village of Derry Hill. The entrance to the golf club is immediately to your right through the Golden Gates opposite The Lansdowne Arms pub. The House and Gardens entrance is a further 1/4 mile down the road on the right.

From the North
Take the A429 from Malmesbury towards Chippenham; at the M4 junction take the A350 to Chippenham. Follow the brown tourist signs to Bowood House around Chippenham and then head towards Calne on the A4. Then for the Golf & Country Club - Approx 3 miles out of Chippenham, there is a large white pub on the right (The Lysley Arms). Just after the pub turn right onto the A342 (Devizes) following the signs to Bowood Golf and Country Club. Drive up the hill for approx 1/2 mile then turn left into Derry Hill village. The entrance to the golf club is immediately to your right through the Golden Gates opposite The Lansdowne Arms pub. For The House and Gardens continue on the A4 up the hill and then turn right into the village of Derry Hill, the entrance to the House and Gardens is then in front of you as the road bends to the right.

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Opening times (March - November):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
11:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:3011:00 - 17:30

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£8.00£6.50£4.50£7.00£25.00

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Address: Bowood, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ, UK
Phone: +44 1249 812102

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