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Bowood House and Gardens, Calne

Bowood House and Gardens

The Estate Office
Derry Hill
Calne
Wiltshire
SN11 0LZ
Tel:+ 44 (0)1249 812102
Fax:+ 44 (0)1249 821757
Email: click here
Bowood House and Gardens online: information and bookings

Purchased by the 1st Earl of Shelburne (1705–1761) in the mid 18th century, Bowood House and Gardens have been improved by successive generations up to the present day. Many famous architects and garden designers have been employed, including Henry Keene, Robert and James Adam, ‘Capability’ Brown, C.R. Cockerell and Sir Charles Barry.

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’ Brown’s stunning park; there are magnificent formal gardens, a ‘Picturesque’ rockwork garden; and the renowned pinetum and arboretum

Bowood House and Gardens, Calne

Facilities
Historic House, Gardens, Restaurant, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Orangery,Childrens Play Area, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available, Bowood has been a popular choice as a location for various films.

Additional Services
There is also an Orangery, Chapel, Sculpture Gallery and Exhibition room

Opening Times

• House 11am - 5.30 pm
• Grounds 11 am - 6.00 pm
• Coffee Shop - 11am to 5.15 pm
• House Restaurant - 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm Sundays only
• Closing times an hour earlier after the autumn clock change (Rates and opening Times may vary on weekdays, outside school holidays)
• Rhododendron Walks 11am - 6pm (open daily from late April to early June - please telephone or check this Web Site for exact dates)

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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