There’s nothing quite like stunning, well-kept gardens, dizzying mazes and imposing mansions to make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. Watch your historical dreams come to life in one of Bristol’s stately homes and gardens. History books don’t quite cut it, why not see for yourself how the ladies and lords of the past really lived.
This is a beautiful Victorian Gothic Revival mansion that is now a National Trust property. It has two cafes and a restaurant that serve delicious cakes with plenty choice of tasty tea, coffee and old-fashioned fermented alcoholic drinks at the top and bottom of the grounds where one can sit and relax when tired while still enjoying the view of its beautiful grounds. The view inside is so amazing with its wooden features. It contains incredible gardens, orangery and a playground for kids to play around. You could also see the exhibition of Willam Gibbs collections. You could also easily bring a picnic and enjoy it relaxing in the gardens.
Address: Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol
This is a beautiful castle that was built in 1766, bombed and damaged during the Second World War. It was later fixed up in the eighties by a group called the friend of Blaise. It has beautiful grounds, a lovely garden, a little café that serves coffee, tea, ice cream, cakes and a lot of other things, a beautiful park with a wide open area, woodlands and gorges where kids can play. The viewing point on the cliff is really beautiful and you could easily come here to take a walk or even walk your dog while enjoying the cool breeze.
Address: Henbury Road, Bristol
This is a very beautiful little fantasy village of old thatched cottages is owned by the National Trust. The arrangement of these houses just looks like the Shire from the Lord of the rings. If you are interested in history, gardening and architecture of good old England, then this is a place worth a visit. People still live in the houses so a visit here is usually short but worthwhile. The place has a huge lawn that is so beautiful with lovely flowers and plants. It is open daily practically 24 hours.
Address: Hallen Rd, Bristol
This is a well-conserved hidden gem museum that has a collection of great paintings and a quiet little garden. The oak paneled rooms are so beautiful that it has been seen to be believed. The staffs are so friendly and helpful as they offer free guide around the house and environment. The staffs also provide ancient books in order to get more information about the building and the lifestyle of the house back in the days.
Address: Park Row, Bristol
Most Bristol’s State homes and Gardens could be a bit hard to find, so you would want to use a map or guide for easy direction. Admission is free to most homes but time can be limited. There are places to eat when you get hungry.
Hearty curators will be present to help you have a fuller experience. The kids will love the adventure, bring them along!