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Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s quite easy to visit Stourhead car-free.

Buses stop nearby from Gillingham train station (10-15 mins) and Salisbury (60 mins) with a walk after (45 mins). There are connecting buses to Gillingham from Shaftesbury (15-20 mins).

Taxis can be booked from: Gillingham (15 mins), Warminster (25 mins) or Bruton (20 mins) train stations.

  • Trains run to:
  • Gillingham – Basingstoke (70 mins), Exeter Central (80 mins), Salisbury (30 mins)
  • Warminster or Bruton – Bath Spa (35/55 mins), Bristol Temple Meads (60/70 mins),
  • Just Warminster – Southampton Central (50 mins) and just Bruton- Weymouth (70 mins)

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

Discount: Enjoy a free hot drink with a valid bus ticket, train ticket or bike helmet.

Taxis may be at the Gillingham (Exeter to London trains) train station taxi rank. Book ahead with: Ace – 01747 821 111 or A&O – 07882 712 431 (15 mins).

Bruton (Yeovil Pen Mill to London & Gloucester to Weymouth trains) has no taxi rank: Bruton – 0845 003 5205 or Buton & Mendip – 0798 446 5864 (20 mins).

Warminster (trains from many places) has a taxi rank: DJ’s – 01985 215 151 or Ace – 01985 250 000 (25 mins).

For money-saving tips see our handy guides to trains and buses. Find the best train ticket for you.

Scenic Blackmore Vale train Line runs through Gillingham. Listen to the audio tour.

Cycle routes National Route 25 goes past Stourhead. Plan your cycle route here.

Walk from Bruton train station straight to Stourhead (2.5 hrs). Or, go along the Bruton Loop (7 hrs) or from Bruton to Mere (7 hrs).

Alternatively, from Mere bus stops straight to Stourhead (1 hr). Or, take the Mere Loop (7 hrs), Mere to Stourhead (3.5 hrs) or other Mere Loop (6.5 hrs).

Wyle Way goes to Stourhead and Whitesheet Hill to the East. The Leland Trail stops around Afred’s Tower, which you can walk from too (2 hrs).

You can walk around the Stourhead woods and park. Check out the

Find accessibility information for buses and trains and Stourhead.

Discover more Wiltshire offers and days out with Good Journey.

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About Stourhead

A Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden.

Once described as 'a living work of art', the landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Inside the house the fascinating history of the family is uncovered with an Italian 'Grand Tour' adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian house is set amid 'picnic perfect' lawns and extensive parkland.

For any queries about visiting contact Stourhead on 01747841152 or

Address: Stourhead, near Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD. Visit Website