Dyrham Park is an ancient deer park which, in the 17th century saw the creation of an impressive mansion house and garden. The property has a variety of environments – from open parkland to formal gardens.
In 1956, Dyrham Park was bought by the Ministry of Works and handed over to the National Trust which has been looking after it ever since. The National Trust has aimed to restore aspects of the 17th century gardens while conserving the parkland which is home to a herd of fallow deer.
The Silent Space
The Silent Space is nestled in a low open glade on The Terraces with a view over the garden. The Terraces were once part of the 17th century formal garden and was designed as a peaceful sanctuary from which to admire the house and garden. Over the centuries, nature has reclaimed them, turning the area into a mixed woodland. In 2001, The National Trust began rediscovering the paths and opening the glades. The Silent Space sits in one of these glades under a dappled canopy of trees – a space very popular with birds who make their presence apparent with their daily song.
Image © Laura Williams
- Web link: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
For opening times please check the garden's website