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Published March 15th 2020
Picnic beside this English Gothic Masterpiece
Looking to get out of the city for the day when in Bristol? This Ornate Gothic Revival house, set in extensive parkland with a vast garden all around, is surprisingly only a fifteen minutes from Bristol city centre.
Like many of these grand old houses, it is now managed by the National Trust who maintain and restore over 500 different buildings. Although the house and gardens are impressive and grand, they were built as a family home and not to impress others as it was all hidden out of sight of possible passers-by.
Due to the size of the house, the last entry for visitors is usually around 2 pm but can change throughout the year, so it's always best to check their website before visiting.
Unlike many other National Trust properties, entry to the house is restricted to designated times tickets, with timeslots are available at the main entrance. This is to help preserve the property and avoid damage by having too many people walking around.
We found that this makes a visit here a far more relaxed experience giving you the option to spend more time looking at objects that interest you without being pushed along by the crowd.
If you fancy having a few days here and a bit of a holiday, you can stay in one of their cottages and get to enjoy the grounds before the crowds arrive and after they leave. Car parking is £3 per vehicle per day but free if you are a member of the National Trust.
With history and nature combined, you can have a relaxing and enjoyable day here.