Visit Bath and Visit Period Properties
18 August 2020

Bath is such a historic city, and one filled with gorgeous architecture; so naturally quite a few people who come to Bath are also interested in visiting beautiful period properties. 

When it comes to stately homes and historic houses, Bath has some wonderful places to visit in the city itself; Number One Royal Crescent and the American Museum to name only a couple, but in addition to these there are also places just outside of Bath to visit. 

Here are a few we can recommend if you’re looking to explore Bath’s surrounding areas as well as the city itself. 

 

Dyrham Park 

Dyrham Park is a National Trust property with a large period house and a wealth of outside space to explore. 

As well as the house (the majority of which is Georgian in style, but parts of which date back to Tudor times), a nearby church, and two dedicated children’s play areas, Dyrham Park has beautiful landscaped gardens and huge woodland grounds that is home to a herd of wild deer. 

It’s close to Bath - about just under a 20 minute drive from Dukes Hotel, and is perfect for all ages. 

 

Great Chalfield Manor and Garden 

Great Chalfield Manor and Gardens is another National Trust property. This is one which has played host to film crews for hit series such as Wolf Hall and The Other Boleyn Girl. 

The manor is medieval, with rich furnishings and beautiful carvings, while the outside area is an Arts and Crafts garden featuring topiary houses, a rose garden, and a pond. 

Great Chalfield is a little over 25 minutes from Dukes Hotel. 

 

The Courts Garden 

The Courts is a great place to visit for a couple of hours on a sunny day. They are a series of landscaped gardens with a small arboretum and a number of Italian influences throughout. As is typical with National Trust properties, there is an excellent tearoom. They’re not the biggest of places to visit, but they are lovely nonetheless. 

The Courts are around 20 minutes from Bath, and are very close to Great Chalfield Manor, so it’s easy to visit both in one day or one afternoon. 

 

Glastonbury Abbey 

Not a National Trust property, and a chunk further out from Bath (around an hours drive), is Glastonbury Abbey. If folklore is of interest to you, then it’s a must-visit, despite the longer drive. 

The Abbey has plenty of history to share, both old and new, and many interactive exhibits. There are often special events on too, so looking up the events diary on the website is worth doing. 

There are plenty of outside grounds to explore as well, and unique sculptures are regularly scattered throughout them. 

 

The Bishop’s Palace 

The Bishop’s Palace has lovely gardens, a lovely house, and an excellent children’s play area with carved wooden play equipment (for both the young and young at heart!). 

The biggest highlight for the Bishop’s Palace this year might have to be their programme of outdoor theatre. Since theatres are still closed, outdoor theatre is a great alternative. Especially when it’s in an impressive setting like the Bishop’s Palace grounds. 

The Bishop’s Palace is in Wells and is around 45 minutes from Bath.