A Visitor's Guide To Stourhead

You may recognise this impressive 18th century house and garden – it’s one of the most iconic landscapes in the county and just 34 minutes from The King John.


A trip to Stourhead is a must for its Palladian mansion filled with Chippendale furniture and fine paintings and its vast sloping woods and parkland dotted with enchanting temples, Iron Age forts and monuments all set around a mirror-like lake offering spectacular views.

If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore, then look no further than The King John Inn. Located just 40 miles away from the historic centre of Bath, our pub and inn offers 8 sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, delicious drinks and a mouthwatering pub menu.


Designed by Henry Hoare II in the 1740s, Stourhead showcases a harmonious fusion of natural beauty, classical architecture, and picturesque vistas.

The centerpiece of the garden is a large lake surrounded by gently rolling hills and adorned with classical temples, grottoes, and follies. The carefully planned and meticulously crafted landscape takes visitors on a journey through different scenes, inspired by art, literature, and mythology.

From the Pantheon and the Temple of Apollo to the iconic Palladian Bridge, Stourhead offers a captivating blend of nature and human creativity. In addition to its breathtaking landscape, Stourhead also boasts a stately home filled with an impressive collection of art and furniture. Today, Stourhead is managed by the National Trust and continues to attract visitors who come to experience its timeless beauty and immerse themselves in the tranquility of this remarkable English garden.


The King John Inn is approxiately half an hour from Stourhead.

Exit Stourhead and turn right onto High Street

After two miles turn right onto the B3092

Then after three miles turn right onto Mapperton Hill/B3092 and continue to follow B3092

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on B3092 for approximately half a mile

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Le Neubourg Way/B3092

Continue to follow Le Neubourg Way for roughly a mile

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Newbury/B3081
Continue to follow B3081 for another half mile.

Continue to follow B3081 for another three miles and at the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Shaftesbury Rd/B3081

Turn left onto Bleke Street/B3081

At the roundabout, take the 5th exit onto Little Content Ln/A30/A350
Go through 1 roundabout

At Royal Chase Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Salisbury Road/A30

Turn right onto Higher Blandford Rd/B3081 and continue to follow the B3081 for a mile.

Turn left to stay on the B3081 and continue for just over five miles. The Inn will be on your left.