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Longford Castle, Salisbury (Salisbury)

A 16th century Castle near Salisbury, Wiltshire offering guided tours.

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Summary

  • 16th century buildings
  • Guided tours
  • Historic Property

Introduction

Situated near Salisbury in Wiltshire, with the River Avon running through its grounds and home to the Earls of Radnor for generations, Longford Castle is one of the most magnificent of all English country houses.

The Longford Castle collection, formed by successive generations of the family, is one of the finest in the United Kingdom. It includes paintings by van Dyck, Claude, Teniers and Hals, together with British pictures by Reynolds and Gainsborough, as well as oriental porcelain, Brussels tapestries, and exceptional 18th century English and continental furniture.

Longford Castle is open to the public 28 days a year. Tickets are sold through the National Gallery (on behalf of the Estate) which has long enjoyed a special relationship with Longford Castle. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/longford-castle Several masterpieces from Longford are on display at the National Gallery and others (including Holbein’s Ambassadors) were once part of the Longford Castle collection.

A complimentary guidebook is included in the ticket price.

History to the present day

The Longford estate was bought by Sir Thomas Gorges in 1574 and in 1578-91 he built Longford Castle to an unusual triangular design. The gardens were restored around 1654 for Lord Coleraine. Longford Castle remained in the ownership of the Coleraine family until 1717. In 1832 the third Earl of Radnor created a new formal garden to the south of the Castle. In the 1870s, under the fourth Earl of Radnor extend Longford Castle and the early 19th century formal gardens were probably also modified. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Longford Castle, Bodenham, Wiltshire, Salisbury, , United Kingdom

Opening Times: Visits to Longford Castle must be booked with the National Gallery http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/longford-castle

Please Note: Guests will not be admitted without a valid ticket.

 

 

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