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Bath to Stourhead?

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Bath to Stourhead?

Is there public transportation? If not, about how much would a private car cost? (We don't drive.) Could the gardens be enjoyed in a couple of hours or does one need much more time? Thank you.

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1. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

Although it is possible to do this journey by public transport, it is not quick or simple (two buses each way on a Saturday or 2 trains and a bus on other days).

I can't help with the private car question but would suggest that a minimum of 3 hours would be needed to do it justice.

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2. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

Your best bet would be to get a direct train from Bath to Bruton (journey time just under 1 hour, trains run every 2 hours) and then hire a taxi to pick you up from the station at Bruton to take you to Stourhead (7 miles - journey time approx. 15 minutes). There is no taxi rank at Bruton station, but if you Google Bruton Taxis you will find plenty of phone numbers for local taxi firms.

I would allow at least 2 hours to explore the gardens, but the house is also absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. There is a great pub at Stourhead which does meals, so you could break your visit up by staying for lunch.

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3. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

Bruton itself is an undiscovered gem, the nicest town in Somerest IMO.

As Eddie Clocherty said of Buchie, 'It's a nice wee town'.

Edited: 15 August 2011, 09:38
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4. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

Stour Head garden is a grand 18 th Century Landscape garden covering many acres of land around a lake. There a pavilions and temples and a grotto to see and walking around the garden will take a leisurely couple of hours. I would allow 2-3 hours to make the most of it.

Stour Head is only about a 3/4 hours drive from Bath and there are lots of lovely places to visit on the way if you could get a driver.

Other places on the way worth visiting in order from Bath, close to Bath just on the south side of the city is, Prior Park another 18th Century Landscape garden with Palladian bridge and a recently restored cascade.The American Museum at Claverton near Bath. Iford Manor garden a small 18th century Manor House with Classical garden designed by Peto in the early 20th Century open 2-5pm daily except mon and friday.Bradford On Avon with its medieval tythe Barn and Anglo Saxon Church.

Hope you enjoy your visit I will try and find out where you could hire a driver and how much it would cost

Cheers Robert.

Bruton is a nice old town. It may be worth exploring the cost of hiring a driver to get the most out of your time.

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5. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

3/4 hours should read three quarters of an hour sorry if that was misleading. About 30 miles from Bath

Regards Robert

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6. Re: Bath to Stourhead?

Robert, sadly I think Nancy & her husband left Bath several days ago.

Your advice stands for others, of course - nice to see that you mention Iford Manor, the gardens are lovely.

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