Bowood House, near Calne in Wiltshire, is the stately home of the Lansdowne family and has been the residence of: The gardens were formed by Capability Brown who extended a pond into a large lake and created a grotto with waterfalls and artificial caves as well as the facade of a Doric temple.

The 'big house' was demolished in 1955 for reasons of economy, however the remaining house is still large and the front 'wing' is open to the public with rooms, paintings and scultpure on display. One of the rooms was the laboratory of Joseph Priestley who discovered oxygen there on August 1st, 1774.

Also in the grounds is an adventure playground for children aged 12 and under.

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