Lydiard Park is open every day from 7.30am to dusk (except Christmas Day). There are 260 acres of historic landscape with lawns, woodlands, lakes and pasture. Wide, accessible paths criss-cross the site making it a great location for a walk, run, jog or bike ride. Dogs are welcome in the park, though not allowed in the children's play area, playing fields, Lydiard House and Walled Garden (except guide dogs), the cafe and indoor areas of the Tea Rooms.
As you go round the park, you will see many of the remnants of this once-grand country estate. Many of the 18th century historic landscape features have been restored, including the Ice House in the woodlands near the house, which was used to store ice to chill food in the house in the summer months. The large lake was also reinstated and the Georgian Walled Garden was restored to its former glory.
If you like to relax, there are benches around the park and the lawn provides a pretty spot for a picnic. There are static BBQs available to hire
and lots more space for picnics in our BBQ field next to the main car park.
Next to the cafe, there is a large children's play ground
with separate toddler area. Both are full of bright and modern slides, climbing and swinging equipment offering hours of active fun for children. The aerial adventure centre, Jungle Parc
, is located in the woods next to the Forest Cafe.
The park provides different wildlife habitats
, including the historic woodlands and the lakes and stream, and is home to a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates.