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Tours > England's West Country > Warminster

Warminster - Somerset

While in the area of Bath, a visit to Longleat House, in Warminster, can provide a pleasant day's relaxation. There are hourly buses from the train stations of Frome (pronounced Froom) and Warminster, or you can go by road south from Bath on the A36 and from Frome on the B3092. Longleat House is the home of the Marquis of Bath and, in 1946, the first stately home opened to the paying public on a regular basis. The gorgeous Elizabethan mansion, with the largest private library in Britain and a superb collection of paintings, sits in huge grounds that now contain a drive-through safari park; the free-roaming lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras etc seem quite at home in the green, English countryside.

A special delight for children is Leisureland with its donkey and camel rides, and the chimpanzees' tea-party at Pet's Corner. Other attractions include the world's largest hedge maze: a Doctor Who exhibition and the Seventh Marquis's famous murals (no children admitted). There is a two and half mile walk involved in viewing the grounds.

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