Ashton Court Estate and Mansion - historic 16th century mansion
Country walks in Bristol anyone? Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy this historic public space. The magnificent country estate of Ashton Court covers 850 acres of woods and grassland with breathtaking views over Bristol city.
Woodland walking, cycling and wildlife in Bristol
Just 2 miles from Bristol city centre is a truly wonderful setting for natural wildlife and walking in the countryside! Ashton Court Estate and Mansion is one of the largest recreational areas in Bristol. This stunning stately home in Bristol is now owned by Bristol Council. Ashton Court Estate, surrounded by Somerset countryside, has excellent woodland and grassland walks for all ages. Perfect for family days out in Somerset. The herds of both red and fallow deer which can be seen in the two deer enclosures within the country estate, are extremely popular. Within the mansion grounds there are the towering Giant Sequoias with their lively families of squirrels - very entertaining for all the family. Horse-riding and cycle trails are all possible in the grounds.
House and gardens - Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Mansion dates from the 14th century. The west face of the mansion dates from about the 16th Century and leads to a 14th Century Medieval Hall. The mansion itself is occasionally open to the public so it's well worth checking their opening times before arrival. There are several lodges on the entrances to the estate, which offer interesting historic insights. The estate gardens are open to the public and include a ha-ha with a view looking down over Smyth Field. There is a glorious rose garden renovated in 2006.
Where to eat - Ashton Court Stables
Ashton Court Stables has an excellent Bistro and is home to a Visitor Centre, the Coach House Café and the Courtyard Farm Shop. Close by is a scenic picnic area complete with picnic tables and seating. Enjoy a pleasant café lunch or tea at Ashton Court Stables. Find out more at the Visitor Centre and look into the farm shop for an excellent selection of local organic produce.
How to get to Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
The Whitehouse Guestrooms B&B in Bristol is ideally situated for a visit to Ashton Court Estate which is only 2 miles away.
- Walk to Ashton Court in 30 minutes
- Drive to Ashton Court in 6 minutes
Ashton Court Estate has been owned by Bristol Council since 1959, and is one of the largest recreational areas in Bristol. For more information please visit the Ashton Court website
Admission and opening times
Admission is normally free, although you may have to pay for entry to some parts of the estate if a special event is running at Ashton Court.
The estate is open Monday to Sunday from 8am and closing times are different throughout the year, so do check thier website for specific times, i.e.
8am - 5.15pm in November, December and January
8am - 6.15pm in February
8am - 7.15pm in March
8am - 8.15pm in April
8am - 9.15pm in May, June, July and August
8am - 8.15pm in September
8am - 7.15pm in October
Ashton Court Estate is open over the Christmas period but please check the dates for car parks and cafes to make sure they are open when you arrive.
Hotels near Ashton Court Estate
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