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“beautiful English heritage”
Review of Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Dyrham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dyrham Park is home to an ancient deer park, 17th-century house and formal garden. In 2015/16, the house underwent a huge conservation project to replace the leaking roof and install a biomass boiler. The house and garden are now in a state of transformation and include new tours, areas and exhibitions.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Lovely historic park with amazing views. Can walk from car park down to house- walk quiet steep but enjoyable. You can get bus from car park to house and back again- quiet regular times. Recommend cream tea in courtyard garden- glorious in good weather. House very interesting and gardens beautiful- well looked after. Also can see deer on the walk in the park. Can get quiet busy though.

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Helen R, Public Relations Manager at Dyrham Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thanks Joanna and glad you had a good day.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Well done again National Trust this is a truly amazing place a walk in the park will reveal deer and wonderful views. The house is being restored to its former glory. A fantastic visit

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Helen R, Public Relations Manager at Dyrham Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks Paul for the great review.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

My son and I are both National Trust members, he lives in Bath and Dyrham has always been a place that I have had to go past on my way to Bath to visit him; so we decided to meet here ( he has been a few times, although not into the house as it has been closed for some time for restoration works) Anyway we met at 11am and walked through the beautiful deer park grassland, approx 90 acres of rolling countryside that overlooks the outskirts of Bristol, absoloutely fantastic scenery and views from here, although the the day (sunday 29th April 18) was rather dull and cold. The herd of deer is quite large and very tame, although they were in their refuge paddock where visitors cannot go, but have free access into larger grazing areas too. We followed grassy tracks around into the hollow where Dyrham House lies, going past St. Peter's Church to get into the beautiful lush gardens full of lots of different coloured tulips and yellow daisies. Stopping to go into St. Peter's on the way down, a 600 year old church where many of it's rectors have been from the Blaythwaite family, most of the Blaythwaites are buried here. The house is magnificent. It was built in 1692 on the site of an old tudor mansion by William Blaythwaite, an important "civil servant" who served many kings and held lots of high offices during his lifetime. It is being re-created as it was when William Blaythwaite lived here. The information available in each room is very full and interesting and the volunteers do an excellent job and are very knowledgeable.
Our only disappointment was at the NT cafe in the courtyard. it was very busy, lots of baby buggies inside and in the way as it is rather a narrow room. Many of the volunteer waitresses very young, lacking confidence and appeared to not really want to be there. The moussaka was a disaster, tainted by either being burned or seemed to taste of some sort of fuel, diesel or petrol; anyway I got it changed for two jacket potatoes (the coleslaw looked so tired and was warm! |So basically take your own picnic; there are plenty of places to stop and eat along the paths and tracks. However The Toll House Tearoom about 400yards from the exit from Dyrham along the A46 towards Bath was excellent, we had afternoon tea here at 4.30pm, could not fault it!
Loved the water features in the garden, such and idyllic garden, and will certainly visit again with a picnic in tow!

Thank Claire W
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Helen R, Public Relations Manager at Dyrham Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks Claire for the review and glad you had such a great time with your son and got a lot from your day. I'm sorry the tea-room let you down. I'll pass on the comments to our catering team; it's always very useful for them to have some feedback. Best wishes and thanks again.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

First of all parking can be an issue for I traveled by car & was surprised by the amount of vehicles being midweek,maybe because of unusually warm weather . However there is a overflow car park at the rear & parking at the entrance for badge carrying disabled drivers. My family & I decided to walk to the house which was very pleasant,even saw a stag with several offspring. The gardens with waterfall are simply stunning. Entering the house we were greeted by a very knowledgeable volunteer. The house,furnishings & paintings are lovely. In each room we were greeted by more volunteers who are again very informative. This is my second visit here,this time we were not allowed to enter one ground floor room as it was being refurbished,but it is a lovely day out. We choose to return to the car park on the free bus.

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Helen R, Public Relations Manager at Dyrham Park, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Glad you had a great day. Many thanks for the review.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

In the years before the more naturalistic landscape gardens became fashionable, many country house gardens had a more formal layout which consisted of features such as parterres and topiary using geometric forms. The gardens here were as such. Few examples in this country remain and Dyrham was no exception. Now however, a significant part of the garden is being gradually restored to this more formal past and this makes the place quite special. It also makes it somewhere that you can revisit from time to time to see how it's coming on. It's lovely and interesting now and getting better.

1  Thank John W
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Helen R, Public Relations Manager at Dyrham Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thanks John. So glad you enjoyed and do keep re-visiting to see how we're getting on.

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