Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is known for its Elizabethan stately home, landscaped gardens, massive hedge maze, safari and adventure park. The house was the first stately home to open its doors to the public in 1949. It was also the first safari park to open outside of Africa (in 1966) and over the years Longleat has kept growing, adding new features and attractions.

A day at Longleat is an eclectic of mix of activities. There is the animal safari – definitely essential – that takes around 2 – 4 hours, depending on how long you stop to feed deer or giraffes or look at Lemurs by entering their enclosure.  It’s particularly lovely in the warmer months of the year.

The Main Square, situated behind the house, is where much of the action is. Ride on the train next to the lake or hop on a boat to see the gorillas. Walking through the many animal enclosures are always interesting with the Penguins, Red Panda, Meerkats and Otters always at the top our list. Hand feed the Lorikeets, handle a snake or spider or join the bats in their cave. New in 2017 is the animal farmyard with rabbits, chickens and donkeys, a great spot for under 5’s. The Main Square is also home to the Rockin’ Rhino ride and the Adventure Castle – an enclosed playground for families only, as well as the hedge maze and plenty of shops and restaurants.

Then there’s the impressive Elizabethan stately home that is particularly spectacular when decorated for Christmas. Longleat is famous for its Capability Brown designed landscape and the formal gardens include multiple recent additions, like the Sun Maze. There are also daily shows and special events throughout the year. The Lantern Festival over Christmas and New Year is particularly spectacular and it’s the perfect place to be for families for an early New Year’s firework display.

We have visited Longleat during both summer and winter months and it’s worth visiting during different seasons. At the end of an 8-hour activity-packed day, my favourite attraction is the Costa Coffee near the car park. Longleat has so much to offer it’s impossible to squeeze it into a single day. We highly recommend visiting during the summer when the safari is at its best and visiting during the winter to see their spectacular Lanterns.

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Buy tickets on-line from Longleat

Price: £22.27 – 34.95 per ticket

Discounts

Under 3s go free.
Seniors and Childrens tickets are discounted.
15% Discount for tickets purchased 2+ days in advance.
10% Discount for tickets purchased one day in advance.
Longleat is currently part of a Tesco club card voucher scheme and clubcard holders can use these to purchase tickets.
Concessionary Rate: Guests able to provide evidence of disability are entitled to bring a registered carer free of charge – do bring proof of additional needs to Longleat on the day of your visit.

Paid Extras
The Safari Bus has a surcharge of £5 per person over 3. A surcharge, usually a pound, is charged for a small bucket of animal feed at various stations. Kennels are not supervised, basic and £1 per dog.

Features

Season: Open year round
Location: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW
Booking: Secure online booking recommended.
Opening times: 10am (9:30am on bank holiday weekends)
Closing time: Variable between 5pm – 7:30
Timed restrictions:
Temperature: It is mainly an outdoor attraction and temperature dependso on the weather.
Family venue.
“Service dogs are welcome everywhere at Longleat excluding the Safari Park, Jungle Kingdom, Monkey Temple, Penguin Island, the Butterfly House (within Animal Adventure), the Bat Cave or the Motion Simulators.”
Parking: Extensive free parking
Access: Highly accessible venue. Detailed accessibility information can be found here.
Map: PDF map can be found here.
Nearby: Centre Parcs

Food & drink

There are 5 restaurants/cafe’s at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park on site as well as multiple kiosks that sell a variety of food and drinks. All of the above cater for various dietary requirements. More information about food outlets here. There is also plenty of benches as well as picnic tables if you bring a packed lunch, however, these are outdoors only and not under cover.

About Longleat Safari and Adventure Park

“Longleat is an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath. It is a leading and early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. It is adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster and Westbury in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset.” Read more here.

Animal welfare for animals living in captivity is a controversial issue. Longleat does have a conservation policy in place, which includes providing the best possible conditions for the animals, conserving the stately home as well as the extensive grounds and forest.

This travel review is based on day trips during 2015 – 2017. First published on 25 September 2015 and last updated on 15 January 2018.