As the days get longer and the sun brings that smile on your face there is nothing better then getting out and about and enjoying that fresh air. One of the best place to enjoy the sun and the wildlife would be Longleat Safari Park. It is Britain’s most famous safari park and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The best loved Safari Park in Britain, Longleat is surely one that should be on your list whether you live here or visiting as a tourist. It is best in the summer but there are activities throughout the year which makes it a very popular destination all year round.
Longleat Safari Park, is in Wiltshire and was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. The park is situated in the grounds of the famous Longleat Eastate, a stately home which was opened to the public and is the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath.
Longleat Safari Park and the concept of safari parks is the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield, a former co-director of Chipperfield’s Circus. Today, Longleat Safari Park is home to over 500 animals, and the estate occupies 9,000 acres of the fine Wiltshire countryside.
Longleat Safari Park directions.
Train – The nearest station to Longleat Safari Park is Frome Station which is well connected to both Bath and London. Warminster station, is about 5 miles from Longleat Safari Park and Westbury station is about 12 miles from Longleat Safari Park. It is on the London Paddington to Penzance line.
All stations are served by taxis which get you to the park at a nominal cost. You can get train timings from National Rail.
Driving – Longleat is just off the A36 between Bath and Salisbury. Address: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire and the post code for Longleat Safari Park is BA12 7NW. This is a 2.5 hour drive from London (traffic dependent) so if you are planning a day trip from London suggest using the train.
Things to do at Longleat Safari Park.
One of the few safari parks where visitors can drive their own cars and admire the wildlife around you. This is so much better then a visit to the Zoo and if you have children then this is a must visit.
You see the kids face light up as they sit inside and get a real close view of the animals. If you are a photographer then surely a good chance to get some close encounters with the beautiful animals .
Longleat Safari Bus – If you do not want to drive your own car you can always hop on to the iconic London bus which has been transformed into a Longleat Safari Bus.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the whole safari is your encounter with the monkeys. You do have the option of turning off from this area where the rhesus monkeys live. There are signs warning you of the possible damage to your car from the monkeys but I would not miss this as it is really fun.
Another area which I enjoy and would recommend is seeing the tigers and the wolves. The park also houses some lions which are majestic and I must say well fed.
The house today is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain. It is also one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. There are many other stately homes you can visit in Britain but this one is one of the best you can experience.
Completed by 1580 and now occupied by the 7th Marquess of Bath this incredible house has now been called home by 15 generations of the Thynne family.
Expect to be wowed from the very first moment you enter the Great Hall. Adorned by giant paintings depicting hunting scenes and with walls stretching 35 feet up you can see why this was the perfect place to host many a banquet.
You can spend hours admiring the great works of art here, if this is not enough enjoy the cafe and wind down. Finish off by making your way down the Grand Staircase surrounded by an impressive collection of paintings.
Whether you’re joining a tour or enjoy the house in your own time you are sure to leave it with an incredible insight into this stately home and the stories it has to tell.
Christmas and Lantern Festival at Longleat Safari Park
Apart from the safari the park has themed events through out the year. It houses the famous lantern festival in the winter months which is a great crowd puller. You can enjoy a Christmas market and decorations during the festive season at Longleat Safari Park too. Please check their website which gives you details of events.
Enjoy a train ride around the park or a boat trip on the lake and see the Gorillas. There is so much to do so make sure to reach early and enjoy this park.
It is truly a wonderful day out for the entire family. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied or just enjoy a lazy afternoon basking in the grounds of Longleat Safari Park. A perfect picnic spot and a fun day out.
For all other details and up to date prices please refer to the website below. You can buy the tickets on the gate but if you book online more than 2 days in advance you get them at a reduced price.
Longleat Safari Park Opening Times.
The park has different opening times depending on the seasons.
During the peak summer months it is open 10 am to 7 pm.
During off peak it is oen from 10 am to 5 pm.
Longleat Safari Park Prices.
The average cost per ticket if bought online 2 days in advance. ( Please check their website as these might change.)
Child 3 15 years £23
Senior 60 yrs + £27
Under 3 years Free.