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Longleat House and safari park offer a superb range of attractions for all members of the family, with enough to keep everyone entertained for two or three days' worth of visits if you are on holiday in the area
Longleat Safari park is the first destination outside Africa to offer visitors a 'drive through' safari experience. The park boasts a twenty five acre east African game reserve with an observation platform and picnic area, enabling your family to view the Ostriches, Pygmy Goats, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Llamas and Camels who roam this savannah.
There has been a deer park at Longleat since the 16th century, where you can now see and feed Fallow dear and see Red Deer. There are separate Lion and Tiger enclosures, a large Vulture aviary, Flamingo valley and a big game park with White Rhinoceros, a Pelican Pond and a Wolf wood to explore.
Longleat House was completed in 1582, and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture. This stately home has 90 acres of landscaped park and 8000 acres of woodland, lakes and farmland. It is the current home to the 7th Marques of Bath.
The house features a Great Hall with eleven metre high ceilings and a gallery of specially commissioned massive hunting scenes on display. There are seven libraries which house 40,000 books, a state dining room which is used to entertain royalty and a grand staircase with a 19th century wrought iron chandelier to admire. Also on display are 18th and 19th century ceramics and period costumes and dresses, including the coronation robes of Edward VII.
Longleat also features many attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. Take a ride in the Safari Boats to get up close to the California Sea Lions at feeding time, coast past Gorilla Island, and look out for the two residential Hippopotamus - Spot and Sonia.
The adventure castle play area offers energetic children the opportunity to explore over bridges and nets, through tunnels and down slides. The Lionheart soft play tent is more suitable for children from 18 months to 5 years old, where they can crawl and climb in a safe environment. Older children may like the challenge off the Spiders Web, with its assorted climbing routes between two massive eleven tonne climbing stones.
Don't forget to take a change of clothes and a towel so your children can visit the huge wet play Splashpad, with its many interactive fountains and water jets.
Longleat is situated off the A36 between Bath and Salisbury on the A362.
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