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.
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.
Godminster Farm, on the outskirts of Bruton, is home to 280 dairy cows and orchards bursting with fruit - the inspiration for many of their award-winning products. The shop stocks the entire selection, including waxed cheddars, juicy chutneys and organic ciders. Drop in to sample some award-winning cheese - or vodka!
Grade I architectural delight and 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.
This mysterious limestone tower with its 200 pigeon holes stands on a hill high above town and was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Set in lush green fields, it is a pleasant walk from the cottage and an ideal spot for having a picnic. Accessible from the children’s playground on Godminster Lane.
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).