Enjoy the historic gardens which are being recreated in 21st century by the National Trust.
Wander around the colourful borders in the Pool Gardens, the wildflower meadow in the Perry Orchard and the herb garden in the Fountain Court.
Explore the ancient woodland by following one of the NT’s self-guided walks.
National Trust members visit for free.
The first record of a garden at Dyrham was in 1311. By 1571, the estate was owned by George and William Wynter. Mary, the only surviving child of Captain John Wynter married William Blathwayt in 1686 and inherited the estate from her grandfather.
A brilliant businessman, Blathwayt spent many years in the The Hague. A year after Mary died in 1691, Blathwayt commissioned Samuel Hauduroy to rebuild the crumbling Tudor building in the Baroque style.
In 1694, Blathwayt commissioned William Talman to design the east front in a style totally unrelated to the earlier west facade.
With George London’s advice and Thomas Hurnell as Head Gardener, Blathwayt created one of the greatest gardens in England. It was filled with terraces, greenhouses, statues, parterres, canals, stew ponds, flower gardens, cataracts, pavilions and fountains. Sadly, when fashions changed in 1800s, most of it disappeared.
The house remained in the Blathwayt family until 1956 when it was given to the National Trust.