Lydiard House and Park current status – Autumn 2021

Christmas at Lydiard: For information on our fabulous Christmas events, including Comedy Dinner Shows, Festive Party Nights and Lunches, Festive Afternoon Teas and Carols by Candlelight, click here.  

Hotel and Conference Centre: We are now taking booking enquiries for events, weddings and conferencing at The Lydiard House. Please email lydiardevents@swindon.gov.uk for more information. Please note accommodation can only be offered linked to an event.

Lydiard House Museum: 

A Country House Christmas - Step back in time and experience the decorated halls at Lydiard House for the festive season.  Click here for details

During your visit, please follow government guidelines on social distancing. Visitors over 11 years old will be requested to wear a face covering.  Tickets can be purchased from the House on the day of your visit. Combined admission for Lydiard House and Walled Garden costs £7.25 for an adult and £4.00 for a child Under 3s go FREE! Tickets for the House only and family tickets are also available.  More information on ticket prices can be found here.  Lydiard House will be open on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm), until Thursday 23 December. The House will then be closed to museum visitors from Friday 24th December.  There is a provisional re-opening date of Saturday 9 April 2022 so do check back for updates.

Visiting the Park: The grounds of the Park are open for the public to enjoy for exercise, picnics 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, i.e. grass verges etc.

Cafe Facilities: The Coach House Tearoom offering a service from the main counter.  We are operating a one way system in and out of the premises in order to maintain safe distancing, and we ask that customers please wear a face mask whilst inside the facility, and observe distancing signage to keep customers and our colleagues safe. Indoor seating at this outlet will only be available on wet weather days.  

The Forest Café is now offering a service from the main counter and has limited seating available inside the café.  Again, a one way system is in operation and we ask customers to please wear a face mask whilst inside the café, except when seated eating food or consuming beverages.

Both outlets are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm and 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Please note - Forest Cafe lunch menu served until 3.30pm.  Coach House Tea Room serves lunch until 2.30pm. 

Card payments are preferred at our outlets.

Walled Garden:  The Walled Garden is open.  Tickets can be purchased from the Coach House Tea Room or from Lydiard House (Thursday - Saturday).  Please note that customers wishing to purchase tickets should observe safe distancing and signage and may have to wait to purchase tickets. 

Public Toilet Facilities: Toilets at the Forest Cafe are open 07.30am to 9pm daily and Coach House toilets from 08.30 to close of tearoom.  Accessible toilets are available alongside the Forest Café and the Coach House Tea Rooms.  

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 regularly emptied; 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 may be used for bagged dog waste, preferably the large Eurobins.

Litter:  We are having huge problems with litter across the Park including plastic items alongside and in the lake.  Please help us to keep the Park looking lovely and to protect its wildlife by, where possible, taking your litter home with you.  There are large Eurobins located around the Park for general waste.

Park Opening Times: Please note that the Hook Street gates to the Park are now locked at 5pm each evening.  The Hay Lane entrance, however, is not locked and is open for vehicle access 24 hours.

Coronavirus Guidance

  • Please follow current Government guidance on coronavirus, staying safe and preventing spread when visiting Lydiard Park.
  • On arrival, please use the PayByPhone mobile ticketing option to pay for parking where possible.
  • Please note that screens are in place to protect our staff.
  • We kindly request that all visitors respect other visitors and our colleagues and wear a face mask whilst inside the cafes or toilet areas and to try to maintain safe distances from others.
  • When entering, queueing for, or leaving the toilet facilities, please maintain a safe distance from others. 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.