The tranquil rural expanses of Wiltshire are what makes it one of the nation's favourite holiday destinations. This gorgeous county is peppered with charming villages and historically significant sites, making it a hit with everyone from elderly couples to lively young families. One of Wiltshire's premier attractions is Lydiard Park, a vast country estate comprising stunning gardens, an epic Palladian mansion and even a church. With plenty of great guesthouses and hotels nearby, Lydiard Park is well worth a visit during your break in a Wiltshire hotel.
Lydiard Park stretches out over some 260 acres of parkland, situated just west of Swindon. The precise location, known as Lydiard Tregoze, dates back a long way and was even worthy of a mention in the Domesday Book.
The park is home to large areas of picturesque garden, but the main event is undoubtedly the colossal Palladian mansion in the heart of Lydiard Park. The grand mansion was home to the St. John family for some 500 years. Inside, the property is elegantly furnished, with many pieces coming from the family's original collection. A long line of family portraits is among the property's highlights.
A Fun Family Day Out
Across Lydiard Park, there's something to please everyone. Thanks to the play area, ample open space and myriad of summertime events, the park is a popular spot with families. With barbecues available for hire and plenty of picnic areas, it's an excellent place for anyone to enjoy their lunch. Exciting activities around the park include hot air ballooning!
Hotels near Lydiard Park
Close to Swindon, Lydiard Park is within easy reach of many of the best hotels in Wiltshire. Swindon centre itself houses a number of reasonably priced, family-friendly hotels. The Jurys Inn and Holiday Inn Express offer excellent central locations, while Campanile Swindon houses plenty of meeting and conference space.
The Village Hotel sits just on the edge of Lydiard Park, promising utmost convenience. There's also a fully-equipped spa, meaning guests can relax completely during their stay. The M4 is also nearby, making it easy to visit the rest of Wiltshire.
Alexandra House and Stanton House Hotel offer more rural settings, for those keen to embrace the beautiful countryside for which Wiltshire is best known.