Protecting, conserving and enhancing Lydiard House and Park

The Friends of Lydiard park are an independent charity supporting and promoting interest, engagement and research into this important Palladian House, its beautiful grounds, the ancient church of St. Mary and the lives of people who have lived, worked and played here across the centuries.


The Lydiard Archives - Jubilee

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, we have put together a collection of photographs, recollections, audio and memorabilia that tell the story of her majesty's visit to Lydiard Park in November 1997. From cheering crowds of local school children to a formal reception in the State Rooms and luncheon upstairs the visit went without a hitch, despite challenges experienced in the kitchen. Read More

Tales of Lydiard

Step into the story of Lydiard House and Park and explore the interesting, quirky and sometimes scandalous tales from its fascinating past and ongoing history.

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The Lydiard Archives

Visit the Lydiard Archives, our unique on-line collection of objects, portraits, records, manuscripts, photographs, memories, and ephemera related to Lydiard Park.

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Lydiard Outdoors

Discover what this beautiful parkland has to offer through all the seasons from Nature Watch to exploring its historic features and fun family trails.

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Friend of the Month

April James joined the Friends in 2021 and provides minute-taking support to the Trustees at their regular meetings.

Membership & Support

By joining the Friends of Lydiard Park you will be part of a large sociable group helping to ensure that this important part of our local and national heritage is more widely recognised, enjoyed and preserved for future generations.

  • Free entry to Lydiard House and walled garden
  • Reduced price entry to programme of talks & events
  • Invitations to social events in May and at Christmas
  • Summer outing to historic house/garden destinations
  • Private members access to St. John & related families database
  • Opportunities to get involved in special projects

Discover the beauty of Lydiard

Lydiard House and Park is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.

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