Bowood reopens to the public

By Barrie Hudson - 20 July 2020

  • The Bowood Estate usually attracts about 120,000 visitors per year

    The Bowood Estate usually attracts about 120,000 visitors per year

The Bowood Estate has begun welcoming back visitors to its adventure playground and 100 acres of pleasure grounds.

  • A booking system and safety measures are in place

    A booking system and safety measures are in place

This is the first phase of re-opening Bowood House & Gardens to the general public, and the estate promises visitors will once again be able to enjoy summer days outdoors at the family attraction, which lies between Chippenham and Calne.

Estate manager Marcus Lee said: "As people venture out again we are confident that Bowood’s very own special experience of being outdoors and surrounded by nature will - now more than ever - lift spirits and boost wellbeing."

To ensure that visitor numbers can be safely managed, visitors are be required to book their tickets online ahead of arrival at

Access to the adventure playground is controlled using a timed wristband system. Wristbands are allocated at the admission area on arrival, giving each family the chance to access the adventure playground for two hours during the course of their visit.

The two-hour sessions start at 11.15am, 1.30pm and 3.45pm.

The surrounding 'Capability' Brown parkland, the estate says, has plenty to delight children and adults alike. 

Adventurous playtime extends across the life-size Pirates’ Galleon, dare-devil slides and aerial walkways, while more sedate pursuits include picnicking, enjoying the rose garden on the Italianate terraces fronting Bowood House, discovering the parkland that appeared in Poldark and the lake where Sanditon’s regatta scenes were filmed, strolling past the Cascade and on to the lakeside Doric Temple and marvelling at the historic trees in the arboretum.

Bowood was been among the first attractions to receive VisitBritain’s We’re Good to Go accreditation. Launched on 25 June, the UK-wide industry standard assures the public that businesses can demonstrate adherence to the Government and public health guidance, have carried out a covid-19 risk assessment and have checked that they have the required processes in place.

Those looking for a UK staycation can visit Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, which is a mile from the house and gardens on the Estate. 

The hotel re-opened to guests on Monday, 6 July and the spa is set to do so on Saturday 25 July.

Bowood has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. Bowood House, characterised by its Robert Adam-designed façade, first opened to the public in 1975. 

The estate attracts some 120,000 visitors per year.

Its website is

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