Ashton Court Estate
- Country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland and many activities.
- Opening hours: 8am daily throughout the year.
- Admission is free, although there is a charge for admission to some events which take place on the estate. Access may be restricted on some major event days.
- Parking is £1.20 per vehicle per day.
Parking and charges information sheet. (pdf, 29 KB) (opens new window)
- Green flag award park
- Ashton Court Mansion events venue
How to find us
Ashton Court Estate is two miles from Bristol city centre. The main entrances are off the A369 Portishead Road at Kennel Lodge Road, for the mansion and centre of the estate, and at Clifton Lodge for the golf course and top of the estate.The Avon Cycle Way runs from Long Ashton through the estate to Clifton Lodge.
Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN
- Cafes: Courtyard and golf course cafe
- Toilets with baby changing facilities (access via the stables courtyard)
- Woodland garden, picnic area and natural play area
- Dog waste bins
Activities and attractions
Ashton Court Estate has hosted the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta since 1979.
Deer have been kept at Ashton Court Estate since 1392, however during World War II the deer vanished. As part of the World Wide Fund for Nature Year in 1970, deer were re-introduced to Ashton Court Estate and it now manages two enclosed deer parks helping to maintain red and fallow deer herds.
Event hire at Ashton Court Mansion
Venue hire at Ashton Court Mansion including:
Classes are run that cater for all fitness levels. Every session and every class is packed with exercises that are hand picked to compliment real-life movements.
- Bootcamp sessions every Saturday morning at 8:30am and 10am
- Natural movement class held every Thursday
- Can also provide wellness programmes for companies that are fun, results driven and personal.
Ashton Court Estates has two 18-hole par 3 golf courses which provide a challenge for the novice or seasoned golfer and welcomes all age groups and abilities.
More information about Ashton Court golf course
There is a horseriding trail of 1.6 miles within the estate. The path starts near Church Lodge and runs through Church Wood, passing Coombe Lodge and into Clarken Coombe. Follow the white posts with horse shoe symbols. Riding is also permitted on or adjacent to the estate drives, which are multi-use routes.
The horse riding trail is maintained with the support of local riding groups and volunteer work parties. For more information please contact us on 0117 963 9174.
Access and parking
- Please park at Church Lodge car park only, where the horse riding trail starts. Please do not use any other car park.
- Church Lodge car park (access via Ashton Road situated on the B3128 - by the Dovecote pub) is the only car park for horse boxes and is close to the start of the bridle path.
The miniature railway has train rides for all the family on two tracks, one raised and one ground level, each 1/3 of a mile long.
Entrance is via the Clifton Lodge Gate (for Sat Nav users the post code for the Lodge is BS8 3PX). The gate is on the A369 Portishead to Bristol road.
Opening times and further information
We are open to the public on 22 days each year, normally from March to October from 12noon to 5.15pm, weather permitting.
For further information about the miniature railway, including running times visit the BSMEE website or call 0117 946 7110
- 60p for one circuit of the track
- 10 tickets for £5.
Our cycle trail is suitable for all abilities, including families.
The Nova Cycle Trail has been developed in partnership with the 1 South West off road cycling project. We also host a range of competition and charity biking events.
The trails are now sponsored by Marin bikes
We are working with the Forestry Commission and local mountain bike clubs to maintain the Cycle Trail. If you are a keen cyclist please help us by joining the Bristol Trails Group who help maintain and improve local trails.
Access and parking
We encourage riders to use Church Lodge (access via Ashton Road situated on the B3128 - by the Dovecote pub) and ride up through the estate to the trail to create more space for other visitors and golfers.
Mountain Bike Hire
Pedal Progression has bike hire available seven days a week.
Our orienteering courses are created and managed by the Bristol Orienteering Klub. The junior course is suitable for children and school groups.
Pick up your pre-marked map from the golf course kiosk at a cost of £1.50. There is further information on how to start your orienteering course with suggested courses of varying difficulty on the back of the map. The beginner's course is 2km, the medium course is 3.7km and the full course is 7.6km.
Parkrun is free and takes place every Saturday at Ashton Court Estate starting at 9am. It is a 5km (just over three miles) timed run and is open to everyone. Athletes of all abilities and ages are welcome.
You will need to register before 6pm on the Friday before you wish to run. Visit the Parkrun website for more information.
The walks around the mansion are easily accessible whilst the steeper woodland paths offer more challenge and the best views. There are several marked trails through the deer parks and we ask that dogs are kept on leads in these areas.
Our annual guided walk and talks programme is a great way to meet others and learn more about the estate. We also host a wide range of charity walking and running events.
Orientation mapping has been installed at all three estate car parks.
Wildlife and conservation
Ashton Court Estate has a rich mix of plants and wildlife. Some of the trees are nearly 1,000 years old.
Deer were introduced to the estate in 1392 and today we have a Fallow and Red deer park.
Much of the estate is so ecologically valuable that most of it is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and at County level is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.
The estate is regularly used for scientific studies and in 2009 a BioBlitz event discovered 569 different species in just 30 hours of non stop field work
Weddings, conferences and function rooms
We have a selection of rooms to hire for your events:
- Ashton Court Mansion
- Function rooms, including Stables courtyard
- History of Ashton Court estate (pdf, 10 KB) (opens new window)
- Site of Nature Conservation Interest - a designation used in many parts of the United Kingdom to protect areas of importance for wildlife at a county scale.
- Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Award winning site (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
Disabled access information
- Ten disabled parking bays in the Mansion House car park (access via Kennel Lodge Road)
- One disabled parking bay in the golf course/miniature railway car park (access via Clifton Lodge situated on the A369 Bristol - Portishead Road)
- Ten disabled parking bays in the Church Lodge car park (access via Ashton Road situated on the B3128 - by the Dovecote pub).
- Blue badge holders park for free in the allocated disabled bays.
- Two disabled toilets open during daylight hours daily, located in the Stables Courtyard
- Fully accessible lift.
- An outdoor attraction with difficult terrain and topography and may present difficulties to visitors who use wheelchairs, those with restricted mobility or who are visually impaired.
- The stables courtyard is an historic surface. It's level but has a cobbled surface that may be uncomfortable for some visitors.
- No wheelchair access to the formal gardens.
- Flat, but uneven surface
- Guide dogs and assistance dogs welcome.
Please call 0117 963 9174 if you have any queries about accessing Ashton Court Estate.