Bowood House and Gardens

In time for April 2017, Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire will launch a new group tour called Dr Priestley: The Discovery of Oxygen.

The tour will offer an insight into the life of Dr Joseph Priestley, who first arrived at Bowood House in 1773 as a librarian and literary companion for the second Earl of Sherbourne, but spent much of his free time devoted to science and experiments.

On the tour, which lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes tea and coffee on arrival, groups will learn of Priestley’s discovery of oxygen in 1774.

For an additional charge, groups can also opt to include a two-course lunch with their tour.

Bowood House and Gardens

Bowood House is a Georgian stately home set in 100 of acres of landscaped Capability Brown parkland, which has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754 when it was purchased by the 1st Earl of Sherbourne.

As well as the Dr Priestley: The Discovery of Oxygen tour, groups can explore Bowood House and Gardens with the Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden tour; the Capability Brown Garden tour and the Guided Tour of Bowood House. The cost of all of the tours mentioned also includes admission to the house and gardens.

Bowood House and Gardens is currently closed for the season and will re-open on 1st April 2017.

What else is new in Wiltshire?

Groups visiting Wiltshire in 2017 will also be able to enjoy new Longleat House tours, including the Butlers and Housekeepers tour and the Scandalous History tour; week-long residential tours based at Sarum College which will explore the Medieval city of Salisbury; and library tours of Salisbury Cathedral (only available to groups of up to 12 people).

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