Lydiard House and Park Current Status – August 2021

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: We're very pleased to announce that Lydiard House Museum reopens on Thursday 5 August!  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. 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.  Lydiard House will be open on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).  We cannot wait to welcome you back!

BBQ Hire:  BBQ bookings can now be made online.  To book a BBQ, please complete the BBQ request form.  

Please read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Notice before proceeding with your booking application.

We will be offering BBQ pitches on a reduced capacity for the rest of this season whilst we recruit our new team members.  All sessions will start at 12noon until Park gates closing time (see boards on entrance to carparks).  Large BBQ’s (up to 40 people) are £65.00 per session and small (up to 15 people) is £45.00.

Please note that, due to the processes involved with online booking, we are unable to accept bookings in person or via the telephone.  All BBQ’s need to be booked and paid for in advance, with a minimum of 72hrs notice, using the online portal.

Please note that St John Hollow remains closed. 

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.

A full menu will be available at both venues from Saturday 14 August.

Both outlets are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm and 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday.  

Card payments are preferred at our outlets.

Walled Garden:  The Walled Garden is now open.  Tickets can be purchased from the Coach House Tea Room.  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.  

Dogs on Leads: A prompt to our dog walkers that the Public Space Protection Order came 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 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 9pm 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.