Longleat is situated in Somerset, and is home to not only the Marquess of Bath but to a whole load of animals as well! As you can see from the cover image that this place is enormous and the Marquess of Bath is fantastically eccentric. A few days ago when I visited the water in the fountains was dyed bright blue and made for quite a visual.
I went to Longleat a few years ago to see their light show, which was comprised of giant sculptures lit up with different coloured lights to create some wonderful scenes.
There were giant lily pads and frogs floating on the lake, a pack of glowing lions and in the grounds there were giant fluorescent flowers which made me feel like I was in wonderland. It was an evening spectacle, which made the lights all the more beautiful, but it meant I missed out on all the animals.
I went this time with my family for my sister’s birthday and it was our mission to go on the Safari and make a proper day of it.
The first thing we did was the drive through safari and got up and close to some wild animals, some scary some not so scary. The monkeys were by far the naughtiest, climbing up onto every car and seeing what they could pull off of it. Our aerial got chewed, but at least our roof rack wasn’t hanging off like the car in front. You win some, you lose some.
One of the monkeys had just given birth to a baby, it must have been minutes before we got there. That was a pretty special moment. I didn’t take a picture because I was in awe of how she just got up and climbed up a tree to get a little privacy, her baby had already learnt to cling onto her belly as she walked. Nature is pretty cool.
Then we parked up the car, had our little picnic lunch and decided to go check out the house and gardens.
Just looking at this huge stately home would have been a good enough adventure. There were blue fountains bursting into the air and a huge lion cast from bronze twice the height of any human.
Then we went into the house and explored all of the rooms they had open. There are magical things inside those walls and i highly recommend going to have a look! Unfortunately they wouldn’t allow cameras inside as a lot of the paintings are very very old and even sunlight can severely damage them. All of the windows had thick blinds over them to allow some of the light in, as so you could see, but not enough to damage anything.
After that it was time to go into the park and see what other animals we could find. There was a bird enclosure that had lorikeets flying about in. There were pots of nectar that you could buy for £1 and you could go in and feed them.
These lorikeets were vicious. Only with each other, not with the general public, but they were fighting for that nectar! They just fly onto your shoulders and arms, one flew and just perched on top of my sisters head. They use their beak and their claws to climb up you, it looks like it would hurt but it doesn’t at all.
You’re going into their environment with food so be prepared if you decide to do this as the woman that went in before me freaked out when one landed on her and swatted it away pretty hard. Not cool! Don’t be that person.
Penguins! These guys were pretty cute.
The most beautiful creature. I think those small white pods are eggs?! He looked like a mythical creature.
Then we went on the boat trip around the lake, which has seals and hippos in. I dunno about you, but the thought of being in the same area as a Hippo is kind of terrifying and also really exciting. They’re huge! And aren’t they the most dangerous animal?
I’ve been on this boat tour before and didn’t see the Hippos or the Gorilla who live on the island in the middle of the lake. And this time I saw both so I’m pretty happy with that. The Gorilla is too old to have any new gorillas introduced into his life as it would stress him out too much, they said he watches TV and his favourite show is Peppa Pig as he claps along.
And now I’m going to spam you with more pretty pictures of this gorgeous place…
Triwizard cup anyone?
View from the boat
Okay, now I’m done. It was a brilliant day and would highly recommend going!