National Trust presents Heritage Open Days at Stourhead this month

By Jessica Durston - 5 September 2022

  • Stourhead


The National Trust have announced the Heritage Open Days events that will be happening at Stourhead later this month.

  • King Alfred's Tower

    King Alfred's Tower

England’s largest festival of history and culture, Heritage Open Days is back from 9 -18 September.

Presented by the National Trust, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, and run by thousands of local organisations and volunteers, Heritage Open Days (HODs) gives everyone free access to experiences and events across England.

The Stourhead estate consists of 2,650 acres of extensive parkland, a Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden.

A spokesperson for the heritage site said: "Situated on the wider estate is the unusual three-sided form of King Alfred’s Tower, which was intended to honour the accession of King George III as well as King Alfred ‘The Great’.  Completed in 1772, King Alfred’s Tower offers views across Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and was the final piece for completing Henry Hoare’s vision for Stourhead."

Liam Montgomery, Heritage Open Days Marketing & Projects Manager, says: "The festival is just around the corner, and it is fantastic to see that our community is putting on a staggering 4,000+ events – including more than 150 events at National Trust sites.

"Whether it’s a doorstep discovery, a local curiosity, a world-famous attraction or a one-of-a-kind experience - there really is something for everyone this year."

The National Trust HOD events happening at Stourhead are as follows:

King Alfred's Tower

10-11 & 17-18 September, 11am-3pm

For Heritage Open Days, King Alfred's Tower will be open at weekends (free entry) for those that wish to climb the 205 steps and take in the view from the top, to admire the views across the Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset countryside and learn about the towers 250 years of history.

King Alfred's Tower guided walk

12-16 September, 10.30am-1pm

Individuals can join staff for a free, pre-booked guided walk back to Stourhead from King Alfred's Tower after climbing 205 steps to the top to enjoy some magnificent views. Starting at Stourhead, a shuttle bus will take people to the tower. They will have the opportunity to climb the 205 steps to the top. The visit to the tower will be followed by a 2.8 mile long guided walk through the Stourhead estate back to visitor reception.

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