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Meeting up with daughter and her son, but we live two and a half hours away, and we're looking for... read more

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Steve522014
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Llantilio Crossenny, United Kingdom
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Day out

Lovely day out with beautiful scenery. The play areas fun for all ages and good coffee from the cafe

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shellywalkerscates
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2018

Went to Lidiard park and house on a windy wet day in November. Parkland far smaller than once was but extensive all the same with walks, lake and places for kids to play and eat.

Visited the house which is now property of local council who have embarked on a programme to restore it and make it a visitor attraction. Money is naturally a big issue and ways to secure income abound ranging from recently introduced car park fees, a conference centre attached to the House and all upstairs room used for meetings, so you only have part of the downstairs to visit.

There are about 7/8 downstairs rooms with pretty good restoration and audio facility to direct you through the history of the House and owners. Its interesting and with detail to hand you can see who is covered in the artwork which has been sought and brought back to the House.

There are far better historical houses to visit basically due to the limited rooms that are open, but with the extensive parkland it is a good place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

We visited Lydiard House this Saturday though the weather wasn't promising.
A kind staff member informed us about the house and you can explore it at your own space.
Its long history and family history are interesting, paintings are beautiful.
Amazing conservation work thanks to Swindon Council.
Worth a visit and the park as well. We'll come back to explore it when the weather is better.
We had a lovely afternoon tea in the barn.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

This is a great place to stop off just a 1 mile from the M4, iideal for picnic or snack from the cafe. Plenty of space for the dog to walk and interesting site. Recommended for families.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank johncZ4852NW
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

The house is now owned and run by the local council so it does not have a homely feel, however it is well presented. The story is told by signage that you can read or by audio. The park is impressive. We weren't tempted by anything on offer at the cafe. Don't miss the church it is a gem.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KAW687
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Reviewed 14 November 2018

park: is not too far away from Swindon central area, easy enough to get to felt a bit odd going through a residential estate to get there. car park near the top is close to the house and cafe. parking is ok priced it pays for upkeep of land and the estate i hopefully assume. well looked after, pond is nice to walk around, little info spots are nice to read about the place and the history of the building and area.

cafe: missing something, i understand this is probably a make do with what they have. the use of an old stable block for the area is good use of the building i enjoy the old pictures on the walls of the old houseowners.
Variety of choices of sandwiches panini and toasties and soup. had panini, which was served with some tortilla chips. The cheese of my tomato and cheese wasn't melted so could have done with a bit longer, it wasnt as if there was a mad rush despite some customers being in having drinks we were the only ones to order food. tortilla chips did taste very cheapest of the cheap cardboardy tasting, they were accompanied by some sweet chilli sauce to dip in i assume. this would be better accompanied by some good quality tortilla chips and definitely salad - the meal felt very carby stodgey, some lettuce tomato and cucumber would be much appreciated to break it up a bit.call buzzer has you go pick up your food. server wasn't very friendly. cake was nice

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank minxyfrog
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