Longleat, the UK’s first safari park and still one of the most popular attractions, is 8.7 miles from Nunney.
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for over 60 years. It features an extensive Safari Park, is home to BBC Animal Park and CBBC Roar and also has over 15 fabulous attractions, including the new multi million pound Jungle Kingdom and Longleat House, one of the most stunning stately homes in Britain.
The Festival of Light at Longleat House and Safari Park (12 minutes from Nunney by car) is unmissable and runs from November until January.
Set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds, Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.
Built by Sir John Thynne from 1568 and visited by Elizabeth I in 1574, it is the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath, Alexander Thynn.
It was the first stately home to open to the public on a fully commercial basis back on 1st April 1949.
Look out for the grisly blood-stained, silk sleeved waistcoat worn by King Charles I at his execution in 1649 that sits in the Great Hall of Longleat House.
The UK’s no. 1 Safari Park first opened its gates to the public in April 1966 – the first of its kind outside Africa. It was the beginning of a revolution in zoological collections that has spread all over the globe.
For the very first time, animals were able to move freely across hundreds of acres of land and interact naturally with each other.
There were dire warnings of big cats running amok in the Wiltshire countryside, local clergymen were up in arms, and there were even questions asked in the Houses of Parliament.
In spite of these fears, the ground-breaking concept of the drive through safari park proved a hugely popular draw for visitors. Over forty years on, Longleat Safari Park remains one of the country’s leading wildlife attractions.
Accommodation is available at Centre Parks on the Longleat estate and in surrounding towns and villages. There are also plans to build a new hotel on the estate with hundreds of rooms.
Distance from Nunney
8.7 miles (14 km)
19 minutes by car
Telephone 01985 844 400 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Email [email protected]
Open Daily: Saturday 9 February – Monday 25 February
Friday to Monday ONLY: Friday 1 March – Monday 11 March
Open Daily: Friday 15 March – Sunday 3 November
Please check the Longleat website for any changes in opening dates and times to avoid disappointment.
Attractive discounts are available on tickets and passes bought online in advance of your visit.
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