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Longleat - Wiltshire

Longleat

Longleat zoo & Safari Park

Longleat is the home of Lord Bath; the safari park is very interesting with many animals to see, & lots of entertainments for the kiddies. Set in more than 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown designed parkland with a additional 8,000 acres of forests, lakes & farmland, Longleat mixes the magic of the old with the attractions of the new. Longleat was the first stately home to open its door to the public; Longleat is also the first place, outside Africa, to open a Safari Park. &, after more than 36 years, Longleat is still one of Britain’s most admired tourist attractions. You can enjoy really close encounters with some of the largest, fiercest, cutest, & strangest animals from around the world in the Safari Park. On entering there is a large building designed in the style of an African lodge, it over looks the Llamas enclosure, here you can buy African things like drums & spears. There is the world’s largest hedge maze (I thought Hampton Court won on that one), there is an adventure castle for the kids to get lost in & another Blue peter maze to lose the naughty one’s in.

LONGLEAT PASSPORT TICKET

For £18 you can see all the parks attractions. It can save you over 50% off the shared attractions’ prices, but it is also valid throughout the season 2005 and will be hole punched when you have done each one. My only gripe is when we tried to get wheelchairs onto the carriage for disabled people on the train. It was full of able-bodied people, who completely blanked us out despite the sign asking passengers to give up seats; shame on you!

Address: The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire

Directions: Longleat is just off the A36 between Bath & Salisbury (A362 Warminster – Frome road)

Other Contact: enquiries@longleat.co.uk

Phone: 44+01985 844400

Website: http://www.longleat.co.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 21, 2005
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Lacock Abbey - Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey was begun by Ela, Countess of Salisbury in 1232 in remembrance of her husband, William Longespee, illegitimate son of Henry II, & one of the most influential barons of the time. On one of her husbands long absences abroad, when everyone thought he was lost & wouldn't return, the faithful Ela refused to marry any of the many suitors after her money, saying that she had a dream that her husband would return. This vision came true,& after his death, Ela started two religious houses, one at Hinton Charterhouse, near Bath, for men & Lacock Abbey for women. Ela herself joined the order in 1238 & became the first Abbess in 1241. She had obtained many rights for the Abbey & village, such as the right to hold a three-day fair at St. Thomas tide & a market every Tuesday. She was also Sheriff of Wiltshire for two years after her husband's demise, the only woman sheriff Wiltshire ever had.

William Henry Fox Talbot, did important photographic researches during 1830 &1840, in 1839 made the process known. He had invented the 'negative,' the story of his work is shown in the Fox Talbot Museum of Photography at the entry to the Abbey grounds. His grand-daughter Matilda Talbot offered the Abbey &village to The National Trust in 1944; her great-nephew and great-niece are there today.

Two kids at the abbey were badly scared when an ugly small man went through their room, years later a skeleton of a deformed man was found behind one of the walls of the room. The spirit of a woman has been seen near the lake, her identity isn’t known as could be the lover of King Henry 2nd.

Address: Lacock Abbey, Lacock Village, Wiltshire

Directions: The Abbey is open to visitors between 1st April - 29th Oct yearly, bar on Tue & Good Fri. The hrs are 1 p.m. & 5.30 p.m., it's free to National Trust Members. The Cloisters & Gardens are also open with the Fox Talbot Museum 26th Feb &1st April.

Other Contact: enquiries@thenationaltrust.org.u

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 13, 2004
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Just horsing around - Wiltshire

Just horsing around

Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

Winner of Wiltshire Family Attraction of the Year Award 1998 and 2000, Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park & Rabbit World is a popular tourist attraction set in an attractive rural area on the Wiltshire /Hampshire border. With views to Salisbury Cathedral. Offering a relaxing experience for all ages it’s lovely for the children, particularly in the summertime. Rabbit World has over 50 breeds. These rabbits are kept in little enclosures, come at the right time & you’ll see their babies. Sometimes they might come up to you & let you touch them. Some of other things which can be seen are:

Pork Stakes" Pig Races. The pigs wear little labels & run up a small racecourse, you can bet on the winner.
• Beautiful Gardens & Water Gardens: There is a pond next to the Ewe Tree Tea-rooms where peacocks like to gather for a natter. The café does snacks, lunches & cream tea’s.
• Tractor & Trailer Rides (50p)
• Adventure & Toddlers Play Areas.
• Undercover & Outdoor Picnic Areas.
• Summer holiday pony rides (you need to book)
• Souvenir Shop full of animal linked gifts with status on pigs & rabbits
• A Nature Trail through an prehistoric wood with glades & a badgers' sett.

Groups welcome with special rates for 15+ pre-booked, there’s free parking & disabled visitors are most welcome. Open from Feb 15th-2nd March for half-term 10-5pm. Wkds until full-time opening 11-4. Full-time opening from 16th March 10-6pm Last admissions £4.45.

There are many breeds of animals like:
• Norfolk Horn – Portland sheep
• Shetland – Kerry cows
• Exmoor Pony
• 18 breeds chickens,
• 3 Breeds turkeys (all in hiding at the Christmas period)
• British Lop & cross bred piglets & piggy

Stroll the beautiful water gardens, with streams & waterfalls & watch the Koi Carp swimming in clear waters. Sit & enjoy the quiet, relaxing mood. Other features contain rose gardens, relaxed gardens with water features, a walkthrough archway with clematis, roses, honeysuckle & lots more.

Address: Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury, SP4 0EW

Other Contact: sales@rabbitworld.co.uk

Phone: 44+(01980) 629438

Website: http://www.rabbitworld.co.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 11, 2003
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Malmesbury House - Wiltshire

Malmesbury House

Malmesbury House

Malmesbury House is the family residence of Mr and Mrs John Cordle. It’s next to St Ann’s Gate & was formerly a 13th century canonry. It’s been enlarged over the years; it was rented in 1660 to the Harris family, whose ancestry became the Earls of Malmesbury House. Behind the Wren façade (1698 - 1704) are rooms with superb decorative plasterwork. Among the many famous guests to the house, were King Charles 2nd, who came to flee from the Black Death in 1665, & the musician Handel, who gave recitals in the chapel above St Ann’s Gate. Frances Webb, a direct descendent of Queen Elizabeth 2nd , lived in the house in the 1770s.

The enterance to the house is fronted by a large gate with two black ornamental greyhounds on the top, they are made of stone, & not real.

Address: The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB

Directions: Nr St Ann's Gate

Phone: +44 (0)1722 327 027

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 11, 2003
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