"The Lions of Longleat" Warminster by Ken-out-of-Bath

Warminster Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 108 photos

"In" Warminster

As with "The Eden Project" in Bodelva, Longleat "in" Warminster is probably more famous than the town in its address.

At least Longleat has Warminster in the Address which can be found on VT. The Eden Project's Postal town of Bodelva is not listed so you need to post the tip on the St Austell Page - which is more than a few miles away.

Longleat house is a Stately home in every sense of the word. The house and grounds are immaculate and extremely well maintained.

The Safari Park celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and I'm certain that the success of the Park has resulted in the high standard of upkeep of the House.

Lions on Holiday

We visited Longleat on a really warm, sunny day. I was very grateful for the car's air-conditioning as we drove amongst the animals.

The Lions, who had to sit out in the heat, were understandably lethargic. We even saw pheasants (or a mid-meal snack if you are a lion) wandering around the lion's den.

The other animals were also content to just sit around in the shade, it may be better to visit in the Spring or Autumn.

Did you know that, on average, Longleat’s lions eat 40 tonnes of meat a year? This equates to 2 nine-stone people every day.

So please eat well before your visit if you intend to leave your car.

Also, for the arachnaphobes amongst you; did you know that all the spiders in the world weigh more than all the people in the world?

Spot the Zebra

Longleat have a zebra called "Spot" but I never saw a leopard called "Stripey"

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Warminster - Close to Longleat
  • Cons:Haven't visited for ages...
  • In a nutshell:Worth a visit since the bypass was built.
  • Last visit to Warminster: Aug 2006
  • Intro Written Aug 7, 2006
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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2006 at 8:51 AM

    I rather hoped to find some pictures of UFOs, which Warminster is famous for, but the animals are just as great. Wonderful pictures.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2006 at 8:19 AM

    Nice photos in your tips and travelogues. I've never heard of a stately home with lions and giraffes, but why not?

  • Fen's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2006 at 4:07 AM

    Hi Ken, Lovely pics of longleat and the animals. Have you ever seen the TV Show Animal Park thats based at longleat? Nice page :)

  • Fergie01's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2006 at 12:34 PM

    Lovely Pages! I will most certainly visit there...thanks for the glimpse. cheers Deana


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