Blaise Castle Estate - Bristol
To make a day of it take a picnic, there are plenty of benches and picnic areas.
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Blaise Castle Estate: Set in 650 acres of parkland, Blaise Castle Estate on the outskirts of Bristol is a great venue for a family day out. All year round children can be seen (and heard) enjoying the large children's play area with its dedicated zones for younger and older children.The younger children love the sand play, climbing frames, slide and swings. In the play area for older children, shrieks of delight can be heard as the kids scale the tree house climbing frame, zoom down the tube slides, whiz along the zip wire and enjoy the swings, roundabout, see-saw, trampoline and speaking tubes. Adjacent to the play areas is a large expanse of grassed space for informal play and sport. What more could they ask for?
Those who are feeling energetic may decide to take one of the paths leading up the hill to the rear of the grassland. At the top is a castle (actually a folly), if the flag is flying it is open to visitors. Go inside and climb the spiral staircase to the roof for wonderful views over to the River Severn on one side and towards Bristol on the other.
Within the grounds of the estate is Blaise Castle House Museum housed in a late 18th century mansion. The museum boasts a collection that gives a fascinating insight into our social history. Included is an exhibition of treasured toys including a popular model train display. You can also see some of the cooking, lighting, washing and other household equipment used during the last three hundred years in the Home Gallery.
The Estate grounds are open all year.
Blaise Castle House Museum opening times:
27th March 2013- 30th June 2013: Wednesday- Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am-4pm.
July and August :Tuesday to Sunday and August Bank Holiday 10.30am-4pm
September and October: Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am-4pm
November 2013 to Easter 2014: Saturday and Sunday only 10.30am-4pm
Free car park
Blaise Hamlet:. It is well worth taking a five minute stroll from Blaise Castle Estate to get a taste of 'old England'. Turn right out of the entrance to Blaise Castle Estate and keep to the left at the fork on the road. Look for the National Trust Sign and turn left into a 'haven of peace and quiet'. You will see nine quaint cottages, each with a unique design set around a common. They were built in 1811 for retired staff from Blaise Castle Estate. You can't go into the cottages as they are still lived in, but take a wander round and inspect the stone sundial and water pump on the green.
You may want to check the weather forecast before planning your visit to Blaise Castle Estate and Blaise Hamlet.