Longleat isn’t so much a day out as an adventure you’ll never forget, as you’ll see some of the world’s most captivating animals right from your own car. The safari park is home to giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants. The monkeys are such a feature of the park that they deserve a special mention, as the day’s not complete until you’ve sat in your car while they scramble on the roof, inspect the windscreen wipers and cause as much mayhem as possible before you drive on.
If you want to experience the animals at even closer range you can feed the friendly giraffes, and it’s a great opportunity to get some photos of the children enjoying themselves. Penguin Island and Stingray Bay are amongst the attraction’s newest features, and the newly opened Deadly Challenge tests the kids’ bravery to the maximum.
Longleat House sits at the centre of the park, and if you can drag yourselves away from the animal adventures you’ll discover a stately home with a fascinating history and the personal touch. Completed in 1580, the house is one of Britain’s most spectacular stately homes, and it’s renowned for the beautiful paintings you’ll see on its ceilings. There are also thousands of antiques to marvel at, and – on a slightly gory note- the bloodstained waistcoat that King Charles I was wearing when he was executed in 1649.