There is so much to see and do at Longleat that a bit of forward planning is necessary if you are going to manage to squeeze everything in. Arrive early, stay late and make the most of this remarkable house and gardens.
If you are staying nearby in Wiltshire, consider getting a two day ticket. This is considerably cheaper than two individual tickets and provides the possibility of splitting the house and gardens between separate visits.
Longleat is most famous for its safari park. Arrive early and head to the safari gates right away as it gets very busy by afternoon. It takes around two hours to go through the entire safari experience. Also outside the house is the famous maze, formal gardens, parkland, playgrounds and a river boat cruise.
Longleat is home to the Marquess of Bath and his family and visitors can explore the public rooms. Make your way round the ground and first floor at your own pace, making sure not to miss the spectacular Great Hall with its world class art collection.
Longleat lies in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, with rural and urban attractions not far away. Wiltshire is therefore the perfect location for those who want to combine lots of different experiences into one trip.
The elegant town of Bath is one of the UK's most visited places and it's not hard to see why. Elegant Georgian crescents, great shopping, Roman baths and history – Bath has it all. Free walking tours of the city leave twice a day in peak times right outside the Roman Baths. What better way to see the town than with an expert local guide?
If you are old enough to remember the bread advert with the boy pushing a bike up a steep hill, you will recognise Shaftesbury immediately. Walk up the famous Gold Hill and enjoy a traditional cream tea in one of the town's many tea rooms.
These spooky caves near Wells are the UK's largest cave system. The Caves make a family friendly day out as, in addition to the tunnels and caverns, visitors can see animatronic dinosaurs, play in the wizard's castle or find out about the history of paper making in the museum.