Culture

Montacute House, Somerset

Over 416 years old, astonishing Montacute House is today owned by the National Trust and is a fabulous example of Elizabethan architecture whose presence has in no way been lessened by the passing of time. This is a fascinating day out, offering a chance to step back in history whilst the extensive gardens are just lovely to wander around too.

Home to the longest gallery in England with over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on show, plus a diverse collection of 16th and 17th century samplers, you’ll also discover what life was like for a prominent, affluent family back in the 1600’s onwards. From original owner Sir Edward Phelips, a lawyer and then in parliament, though to its extension and transformation in 1787 and on to the 20th century, when it was passed on to The National Trust for safekeeping, it has a rich and fascinating history.

The gardens, which unusually still retain its original compartmentalised section, are just fabulous to wander around, whatever time of year it is. The huge Cedar Lawn is a perfect spot to have a picnic, and little ones will love the Garden Orchard, one of the less formal areas and made for running around and climbing trees.

In addition to the house and grounds, there’s a café too serving lunches, snacks and tea and cake. Parking is free, and dogs are welcome in the park.

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Middle Street, South Somerset, Montacute TA15 6XP | 01935 823 289 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

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