In addition to some of the finest countryside in the United Kingdom, the county of Wiltshire also boasts some of the country's best-loved tourist attractions. High up on the list of things to see and do has to be the famous stately home of Longleat. Incorporating a magical Elizabethan mansion, 900 acres of landscaped gardens and even a safari park, Longleat offers something for everyone. Located in the south-west of the county, Longleat is also close to many of the finest hotels in Wiltshire.
An Atmospheric Property
The stately home at Longleat was completed way back in 1580, but it remains in pristine condition today - a perfect example of high Elizabethan architecture. In addition to acting as the seat of the Marquess of Bath, the property is open to the public throughout the year.
The property is filled with exquisite antiques, which add to the attraction of the already charming building. Inside, guests can also find one of Europe's most substantial private libraries. Guided tours are available through the day, or visitors can meander through the mansion at their own pace.
A Complete Attraction
While the mansion alone would constitute an impressive attraction, Longleat has far more to offer. Across the 9,000 acre estate visitors can enjoy all kinds of features, from the lovingly-manicured maze to the country's best-known safari park.
Longleat's safari park has become iconic, giving visitors the chance to drive amongst all manner of exotic animals. Highlights include giraffes, lions and the infamous monkey mayhem 'drive-thru' experience.
Hotels near Longleat
Longleat is within easy reach of some of the finest rural hotels in Wiltshire, and there are also plenty of friendly and intimate B&B options close by. Visitors can take their pick from Avebury Life B&B, Willow House and The Green Dragon, on Marlborough High Street.
Those who prefer a more traditional hotel environment can check into The Castle Hotel in Devizes. The pretty hotel is situated on the edge of town, offering equally easy access to the town centre and surrounding countryside.
Swindon town centre is home to a number of well-known hotel brands, offering a simple, hassle-free option for those on a short trip to glorious Wiltshire.