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Blaise Castle is a folly built in 1766 near Henbury in Bristol, England. The castle sits within the Blaise Castle Estate, which also includes Blaise Castle House, a Grade II* listed 18th-century mansion house. The folly castle is also Grade II* listed and ancillary buildings including the orangery and dairy also have listings. Along with Blaise Hamlet, a group of nine small cottages around a green built in 1811 for retired employees, and various subsidiary buildings, the parkland is listed Grade II* on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
The site has signs of occupation during the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the site was sold. In 1766 Thomas Farr commissioned Robert Mylne to build the sham castle in Gothic Revival style. After Farr's bankruptcy, the estate was sold several times until purchased by John Scandrett Harford, who demolished the previous dwelling in 1789 and built the Neoclassical Blaise Castle House. His son, also named John Scandrett Harford, continued with the development of the buildings and estate, which his family occupied until 1926, when it was bought by Bristol City Council. The park was laid out by Humphry Repton in the early 19th century. The estate is now owned by Bristol City Council. The house is run as a museum by the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and holds a variety of collections. The Picture Room, added in the 1830s, is hung with paintings, mostly of the 19th century. There are selections on display from Bristol Museum's 10,000 items of historic costume, and of toys from the 18th century to the 1980s.
Blaise Castle Estate Reviews
Large car park with cafe and toilets. Lovely walks. Can be a bit tricky walking through the woods up to the castle. That said, well worth it when you get there. Large children's play area and loads... more »
We called at 11am (opening time) and spent an hour looking round this museum- full of reminders of how life used to be- old equipment we used in the home and a history of the house and grounds with a.... more »
Blaise Castle is lovely to visit whether you're a family making use of the secure playgrounds, array of open spaces or just to take a walk through the woods to visit the mill or folly alone or with the dog. The onsite toilets are always reasonably clean and the cafe has a variety of food & drink at reasonable prices if you don't bring a picnic. The free parking is wonderful and it's on a regular public transport route which is handy for non drivers. You can spend a day here and not get bored.
One of many fabulous green spaces in Bristol, situated in the North West of the city you'll find open parkland, river side walks, woodland trails and plenty of room for dogs and children to blow off steam. There's parking and a tea shop, toilets and a massive play park. When the weather is good this place is rammed...be warned!
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