Lydiard Park Coronavirus Statement

Lydiard Park is open for exercise and recreation. Please remember to follow social distancing rules at all times.

Toilet facilities are available Monday – Sunday between 9am and 4pm. Enhanced cleaning will take place twice a day and toilets will be inspected hourly.

Please maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from others when entering, waiting, or leaving the toilets. Queueing must be 2 metres apart with no more than six people in the queue. Before leaving the facility, please wash your hands thoroughly. Hand sanitiser will also be available.

We are delighted to be offering a takeaway service for snacks, ice creams, and drinks. We will only be accepting card payment and social distancing measures will be in place. Takeaway facilities will be located at the Forest Café and next to the Coach House Tea Rooms (subject to weather conditions).

The children’s play area, BBQs, historic house, Walled Garden and Lydiard Hotel remain closed while further work is carried out to make sure they’re safe. The children's play area is inspected annually to ensure that it is safe to use. This year’s inspection has highlighted that major repairs to the play equipment are needed. We are in the process of scheduling the work and we will provide further updates soon.

Please use the PayByPhone mobile ticketing option to pay for parking where possible.

Please note that we are not currently taking BBQ bookings. If you have booked and paid for a BBQ at Lydiard Park, please email us on LydiardEvents@swindon.gov.uk with your contact details and we will be in touch to arrange cancellations.


Welcome to Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, Cafe & Tea Rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

There's a wealth of history waiting to be discovered as you tour round the State Rooms of Lydiard House, celebrated for its ornate plasterwork, original furnishings and family portraits dating back to Elizabethan times. Next door, St Mary's Church holds further monuments to the St John family, including the unique Polyptych and Golden Cavalier statue. The Georgian ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden has been faithfully restored with stunning displays of flowers, fruit trees and topiary and in the park, there is more evidence of this once-great country estate, including the castellated dam wall, Ice House and grand avenues.

Dogs are allowed in the grounds and the park is a lovely destination for a walk, run or bike ride. There are BBQs available to hire in the summer and lots of picnic spots.

Lydiard Park runs events all year round, including Open Air Theatre, Live Music, The Luna Cinema, and more. Lydiard Park is also a venue for many high profile events including The Royal British Legion's Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance and Cancer Research UK's Race for Life. 

Our onsite venue, The Lydiard House and Annexe, is a stunning and unique location for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, as well as birthdays, anniversaries and other celebratory parties or dinners. The venue also offers a tranquil, yet focussed environment for corporate events, training courses and meetings. Facilities also include 36 en-suite bedrooms.

Lydiard Park was purchased by the Swindon Corporation in 1943 and today it continues to be owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.