The grand Longleat green maze with redbrick house in the background set against a blue sky.
A boy with a bucket hat on in yellow playground at Longleat.
Two tigers playing with each other and embracing at Longleat.
The grand Longleat House set behind beautifully arranged multicoloured garden flower beds

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  • Take a walk on the wild side with Longleat’s safari drive-through.
  • Step back in time with a tour of the historical Longleat House and Grounds.
  • Keep an eye out for the amazing events and exhibitions taking placethroughout the year.
  • Have some family fun in the Main Square and enjoy the Petting Zoo, Britain’s largest maze, playgrounds and more.

If you’re looking for great family things to do in Wiltshire, this is the place for you. The grounds belonging to the Thynn family stretch over 4,000 acres of farmland with another 1,000 acres of developed parkland. When it opened to the public in 1966, Longleat Safari Park was the first drive-through safari park built outside Africa. Since then it has grown to become arguably the best safari park in the UK. It houses numerous attractions, including the Adventure Castle, Jungle Kingdom, Family Farm and much more. The indoor and outdoor activities at Longleat, along with the historical experience of Longleat House and its surrounding gardens makes this an amazing destination for a jam-packed fun family day out.

Feel like a jungle explorer as you drive through the enclosure of powerful animals and see lions, rhinos, monkeys and more. Kids and parents alike will feel the excitement as these amazing creatures walk freely around your vehicle. After taking a spin around you can visit the African Village for a walking safari tour. Get up close to animals such as lemurs, tortoises and Somali sheep. It’s a wonderful experience that the whole family will enjoy.

After the safari drive-through, take a walk around the Main Square to take part in a number of exciting and fun family activities. Longleat Zoo has so many fun things to see. Check out the Jungle Kingdom for a unique walkthrough experience with the meerkats among other enclosures. Make a new (pri)mate at the Monkey Temple and come eye to eye with Australia’s most famous species at Koala Creek. You could spend the whole day walking around these habitats. 

There are so many opportunities to meet and even hold the animals at Longleat. The Petting Zoo area is not for the faint hearted as the keepers in this enclosure let visitors handle animals like snakes and tarantulas. If this has you feeling squeamish, skip right ahead to the cuddly creatures like guinea pigs and rabbits. Don’t forget to grab a seat for the amazing Parrot Show! After that you can spin down to the Family Farmyard to see some more furry friends. The knowledgeable keepers will be on site to answer any questions you or the kids may have about these magnificent animals. 

Longleat also has some amazing play areas to let the kids go wild in. Check out the Adventure Castle for some medieval-themed fun. With a full-on fortress on site combined with zip lines, slides and climbing frames, your little monkeys will have a blast. Younger kids will love the Little Explorer’s Garden, for a more relaxed play area this park is perfect to spend time in and let out some energy. 

For even more fun activities, get lost in Longleat’s Hedge Maze. Grown from over 16,000 yew trees, this maze is the largest in all of Britain and can take anywhere from 20 minutes, to well over an hour to navigate through.

When you’ve exhausted yourself from all these activities why not take a break on the Longleat Railway? Running since 1965, this train takes visitors on a relaxing tour of the grounds. Take in the views of the woodland and get your camera ready for some incredible snapshots of the animals in action, a perfect way to see all of the sights without taking a single step.

Longleat is also home to the stately Elizabethan Longleat House and Grounds. For history buffs and lovers of art and architecture, this is a brilliant relaxing activity away from the fast-paced action and adventure of the safari. 

Built in 1568, Longleat House holds a lot more history than just fancy rooms and intricate architecture. You can explore the stunning house on your own or choose from one of five different tours to gain a great insight into the secrets hidden within the walls. From the General Room tour that guides visitors around the 15 unique rooms, to the Rooftop Tour that reveals breathtaking views of the ground, and the Scandalous History tour, where you can hear about all the gossip that went on in this 15th century home, there’s so much here to discover. 

The Thynn family who called Longleat their home have amassed a gigantic collection of art over the last 15 generations. These pieces are on display around the grounds, but make sure to catch the House Exhibition during your visit. Every year a new display is curated and reveals new and exciting pieces from the collection to the public. 

After spending all that time indoors, there's nothing better to do than take a leisurely stroll around the Formal Gardens. With gorgeous features including the curated Secret Garden and the Lunar Labyrinth there is so much to see and do here. If you're in the mood for some real wildlife, enjoy yourself on the Pleasure Walk. This area covers over 60 acres of land and includes lovely natural areas like the orchard and the rabbit warren. It’s a perfect afternoon activity for all the family to cool down and relax after a wonderful cultural excursion. 

There are always fun events and exhibitions being held at Longleat. Family fun can continue well into the evening with seasonal activities such as the Winter Festival of Light, or take to the open air with the Sky Safari and spend a great evening together with the hot air balloon drive-through. There is never a dull moment to be had at Longleat!

What to know before you go

  • Longleat is open daily from 9.30am - 5pm.
  • Both the Watering Hole Café and Pizza Piazza are located on the premises of the safari grounds and have a wide range of meals for a delicious lunch.
  • Emma’s Kitchen is located inside Longleat House. As well as serving scrumptious meals to visitors there are also live cooking demonstrations to reveal the recipes for meals fit for a king.
  • The Longleat Shop sells unique souvenirs and trinkets for all visitors.
  • Lord Bath’s Sweet Shop is a must-see to satisfy that sweet tooth in children and parents alike.
  • There are toilets, including wheelchair accessible toilets, and baby-changing facilities available on site.
  • Most of the facilities within Longleat are wheelchair accessible, however there are some areas which may be unsuitable. There is a wheelchair and mobility scooter renting programme available for visitors to use.

Getting there

  • Longleat is located in Warminster, about 14 miles from Bath.
  • The closest rail station is Frome, which has a frequent service from both London and Bath.
  • There is free car parking available for visitors on the grounds of Longleat with a designated area for blue badge holders.

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