Swindon Borough Council advises that Lydiard’s car parks have reopened and normal parking charges will apply throughout the park. The children’s play area, cafes, toilet facilities, Lydiard House and hotel remain closed until further notice.
Just an hour west of London by train, Lydiard Park encompasses 260 acres of historic landscape with lawns, woodlands, lakes and pasture. Open to the public all year, accessible paths crisscross the site, creating a great location for a walk, run, jog or bike ride.
At the heart of the park is Lydiard House – a striking Grade 1 listed Palladian house that for 500 years was home to the St John family. Next to it stands the ancient church of St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze, widely regarded as one of the most important small churches in England. The ground floor state apartments of Lydiard House have been beautifully restored and contain original family furnishings and portraits dating back to Elizabethan times. The church is currently undergoing a major conservation project to preserve its medieval wall paintings and remarkable monuments to the St. John family.
Lydiard House and Park is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.
St. Mary’s Church is closed until April 2020 to complete renovation works to the building. Updates on the conservation project are found on the St. Mary’s website.Read more