Blaise Castle Estate
- A 650 acre Grade II* registered parkland including children's play area, museum and castle.
- Opening hours: 7.30am daily throughout the year.
November, December, January 5.15pm
May, June, July, August 9.15pm
- Admission is free. Please remember that access may be restricted on some major event days.
- Free parking
- Green flag award park
How to get there
Blaise Castle Estate is approximately five miles from Bristol city centre. The main entrance is via the car park off Kings Weston Road, with a small car park off The Dingle. There are numerous pedestrian access points. A permissive cycle route runs through from Coombe Dingle to Henbury Road.
Blaise Castle Estate, Kings Weston Road, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS10 7QS
Car parking - free
- Two car parks are available: Main one is located off Kings Weston Road (BS10 7QS) and the smaller one is off The Dingle (BS9 2PA).
- Car park closing times vary with the season:
- November, December, and January: 5.15pm
- February: 6.15pm
- March and October: 7.15pm
- April and September: 8.15pm
- May, June, July and August: 9.15pm
- Large children's play area with dedicated zones for younger and older children
- Toilets with baby changing facilities
- Benches and picnic areas. BBQs permitted - please raise BBQs off the ground to avoid damaging the grass.
There is an Estate ranger service on site most days.
- Horse riding
- Sport pitches (there are two cricket pitches and a large expanse of grassed space for informal play and sport)
Blaise Castle House Museum
Blaise Castle House Museum is located within the grounds of the Blaise estate. The museum houses 50,000 social history items on display and in store, including domestic and community history, dolls and toys, and costume.
National Trust hamlet built in 1811. Blaise Hamlet of nine unique cottages, sundial, and water pump. The cottages are lived in, public can access the village green only.
The Blaise Estate castle walk leaflet shows you where the caves are.
One of the estate's man made caves, given its name because of the red tinge to the stones inside, resembling hanging joints of meat.
Constructed with large rustic local limestone blocks over shallow excavated hole to serve as a feature for carriage drives to the castle.
The Blaise Estate The Royalls and St Mary's Church walk leaflet shows you where the Dairy garden is.
The space occupied today by the Dairy Garden and performance area was previously the site of the old manor house. The garden contains flower beds, a water lily pond, a low rock garden, an urn on a pedestal and a Maidenhair tree.
The Dairy building is set in the garden - although it has a pretty cottage exterior, it was essentially a working building.
John Scandrett Harford commissioned the architect William Paty to design a new manor house and on its completion in 1798 the old manor was demolished. The Dairy building was designed by John Nash and constructed in 1804.
The Blaise Estate castle walk leaflet shows you where the castle is.
It is opened by volunteers from Friends of Blaise on every third Sunday in the month, May to October, Bank Holidays from 2pm to 4.30pm.
You can see:
- exhibits, including a display of old pictures of the castle and historical details
- panoramic views of the area from the castle roof. This is the highest point in the local landscape with views extending to the Cotswold Hills, Wales and the suburbs of Bristol
- opportunities to buy souvenir post cards and cut out models of the castle - all profits are reinvested in the estate
The Blaise Estate castle walk leaflet shows you where the Giant's footprints are.
Local legend blames the footprint on a giant called Goram who stamped his feet into solid rock while in a tantrum.
It is in fact a form of limestone erosion which develops where the rock layers are more or less horizontal and contain vertical stress fractures called “joints”. The joints are lines of weaknesses where slightly acid rainwater can dissolve away the limestones which then widen into footprint-like pockets.
The Blaise Estate Rhododendron walk leaflet shows you where the Lily pond is.
The Lily pond was created by J. S. Harford Junior during the mid 19th century. It is concrete lined and surrounded by exotic tree species such as Caucasian Wingnut and Wellingtonia.
There is a magnificant view of the gorge from the Lover's leap viewpoint which is at the top of the path by the Castle.
Wildlife and conservation
The estate has several different woodlands to explore, some of which are ancient. It has a fantastic range of many other habitats too. Pools, streams, grasslands, woodlands and scrub; rock faces, overhangs, scree, caves, quarries and a varied geology - all combine to provide a rich diversity of wildlife and a rich experience for visitors.
Wildlife at Blaise Estate
Weddings, conferences and function rooms
Blaise Castle House Museum is licenced to hold civil marriage ceremonies
- History of Blaise Castle estate (pdf, 11 KB) (opens new window)
- Heritage Lottery Fund developments (pdf, 30 KB) (opens new window)
- Scheduled ancient monument - Blaise Castle, Iron Age hillfort, Roman and medieval remains, and post-medieval garden
- 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.
- Site of Special Scientific Interest - a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom.
- Parts of the estate are also on the Inventory of Ancient Woodland and the Invertebrate Site Register – England (1738 to 2005).
Code of conduct
Blaise Castle Estate is a popular and busy historic estate. Please help us to make every visit positive and pleasant by following the code of conduct (pdf, 75 KB) (opens new window) which is enforced by the site rangers.
Management plan consultation
- Draft Blaise Castle Estate management plan (pdf, 1.4 MB) (opens new window)
- Appendix: maps (pdf, 9.2 MB) (opens new window)
Disabled access information
Blaise Castle House Museum
- Due to the age and layout of the house, access is restricted, with no lift and a staircase to the first floor
- Although there are some steps leading to the museum, a ramp can be provided on request from the museum staff
- No wheelchair accessible toilet
- Please contact 0117 903 9818 if you would like more information.
- Fully accessible with electrical entrance doors, however at peak times there could be some difficulties due to the high volumes of visitors (it's quite narrow inside)
- Toilet facilities including disabled access nearby.
- Five disabled parking bays are located in the main car park (access via Henbury Road)
- One disabled parking bay in the smaller car park (access via The Dingle)*
*Please note the access point into the estate from this car park is via a kissing gate, we apologise this is not currently accessible to wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Access can be provided through the vehicle access point by prior request. Please contact Bristol Parks.
- Disabled toilet and baby changing is located opposite the café, sometimes it is locked in order to ensure the correct use, a key can be obtained from the café.
- The café and playground is accessible through tarmac and flat paths.
Please call 0117 353 2266 if you have any queries about accessing Blaise Castle Estate.
Elsewhere on the web
- Green Flag Award - Blaise Castle Estate Go to http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/GreenFlag/GreenFlagAwardSites/SouthWest/Default.aspx?parkID=527 (opens new window)
- Friends of Blaise Go to http://www.friendsofblaise.co.uk (opens new window)
- Avon Gorge Go to http://www.avongorge.org.uk/index.php (opens new window)
- Clifton Suspension Bridge Go to http://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/ (opens new window)