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Things To Do

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Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery, Durslade Farm

Pioneering art gallery spanning five gallery spaces showcasing some of the world’s most expensive artworks in acres of grounds, including the Radić Pavilion. Gardens designed by influential garden designer Piet Oudolf. Open six days a week. FREE to visit. Hauser and Wirth Gallery is a must see (plus lunch or cocktails at the acclaimed Roth Bar and Grill).

Longleat Safari Park - the UK's No.1 Safari Park

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. The park is situated 16 miles (30 minutes) from Bruton in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home which is open to the public and is home to the wildly eccentric 7th Marquess of Bath. Today, Longleat is home to over 500 animals and the estate occupies 9,000 acres of bubolic countryside.

The Newt in Somerset (Emily Estate / Hadspen House)

The Newt in Somerset, Bruton is a country estate and working farm with magnificent woodland, gardens, ponds, lakes, a spa, cafe and restaurant. The core is Georgian, with limestone buildings the colour of burnt orange, the seat of the Hobhouse family for more than two centuries. Innovative design is paired with the freshest produce from our gardens, beautiful country walks, superb service and a world-class spa – wrapping you in wellbeing.

Sexey’s Hospital 1638 (pictured)

Grade I architectural delight located in the very heart of Bruton -  the legacy of Hugh Sexey, a local landowner who became Auditor of the Exchequer to King James I. Built as alms-houses in the 16th century, the large terraced garden and allotments can be seen from the courtyard with views to the Dovecote.

The Dovecote

This mysterious limestone tower with its 200 pigeon holes stands on a hill high above Bruton and was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Set in lush green fields, it is a pleasant stroll from the cottage and an ideal picnic spot. Accessible from the children’s playground on Godminster Lane.

National Trust Stourhead Estate

From Bruton, there’s a superb eight-mile walk to this glorious property set in extensive parklands which takes you through enchanting ancient woodland and past King Alfred’s Tower - a 160ft high folly, designed in 1772, which commemorates the accession of King George III to the throne in 1760.