Lydiard Park Update – May 2021

Facilities and Services: Lydiard House, the Walled Garden, the Hotel and Conference Centre, our BBQs and St John Hollow remain closed, whilst further work is carried out to ensure that they are safe. Currently, we are unsure of when this is likely to change, as decisions will be made by Swindon Borough Council, based on local Coronavirus data. The grounds of the Park are however open for the public to enjoy for exercise and recreation. You do not need to book to visit the grounds of Lydiard Park, and access to the grounds is free, however pay and display parking charges apply wherever you park within the park, ie grass verges etc.

Please check back here regularly to find out the current status of facilities and services at Lydiard Park.

Takeaway Facilities: We are offering a take away service for snacks, ice creams and drinks. Takeaway facilities are located at the Forest Café (10am – 4.30pm) and next to the Coach House Tea Rooms (10am – 4.30pm). The opening of the Coach House area is subject to weather conditions. If it is very wet or there are high winds, it will close, but the takeaway window at the Forest Café will remain open. Card payments are preferred at our takeaway outlets.

Public Toilet Facilities: Toilets are open between 9am and 4pm, other than during a short period of deep cleaning, which takes place twice daily. The accessible toilet is available alongside the Forest Café, but not alongside the Coach House Tea Rooms.

Children’s Play Area: The children's play area is inspected annually to ensure that it is safe to use. This year’s inspection highlighted that major repairs to the play equipment were needed. The area for under 7s is now open; however, the play area for older children is unfortunately still closed. We are hoping to open as soon as possible.  Please check back for further updates.

Dogs on Leads: A prompt to our dog walkers that the Public Space Protection Order comes into force at Lydiard on 1st April. This prohibits dogs from being off the lead within designated areas, and will remain the case until 30th September. Please refer to signage in the Park so that you are familiar with where your dog can be off the lead.

Dog Waste Bins: A request to our visitors not to deposit empty coffee cups and other general litter into the dog poo bins within the Park. These are emptied regularly, nevertheless the extremely high volume of Park usage caused by the coronavirus lockdown has led to capacity issues. If you are walking your dog in the Park, a reminder that other general litter bins within the Park can be used for bagged dog waste, preferably the large Eurobins.

Litter:  We are having huge problems with litter across the Park.  Please help to keep our Park looking lovely and, where possible, please take your litter home with you.  There are large Eurobins located around the Park for general waste.

Swans: Recently, we have received a high volume of queries from members of the public concerned about our swans. Swans have been spotted on the paths and in the woodland surrounding the lake, which is unusual. A new pair of swans have recently arrived on site, and there is a struggle for dominance taking place over the best feeding areas, prime sleeping spots, mates and personal space etc. We are working with an animal charity to rehome some of the swans.

Park Opening Times: Please note that the Hook Street gates to the Park are now locked at 7pm each evening.  The Hay Lane entrance, however, is not locked and is open for vehicle access 24 hours.


  • Please follow current Government guidance on social distancing and gatherings at all times when visiting Lydiard Park.
  • On arrival, please use the PayByPhone mobile ticketing option to pay for parking where possible.
  • In the children’s play area, please be conscious of preventing your children from running into other people’s space.
  • At our takeaway facilities, queue alone where possible, think 2 metres, stay distant from other households, and step aside to create space where necessary. Be polite to our staff, follow their requests and, once served, leave the takeaway area immediately.
  • When entering, queuing for, or leaving the toilet facilities, please maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from others. Please restrict the queue to no more than six people. Before leaving the facility, please wash your hands thoroughly. Hand sanitiser will also be available.

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.