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Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol

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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.
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  • This is one of the best parks in Bristol I remember coming here as a kid and it seemed massive and to be honest it still does my kids love it we always take a walk up to the castle sometimes you get c...  more »
  • A couple of Sundays ago had a great day out in this beautifull parkland-amazing to thing only a couple of miles from Bristol city centre-yet everything spoilt by decrepid ,neglected ,filthy toilets. H...  more »
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  • Beautiful woodland estate that's free for the public to roam around and enjoy. There are plenty of places to explore and get lost here, and it's the ideal place to bring a dog and/or a picnic and just relax in nature. Ideal for escaping from city life for a few hours, and you don't even have to travel far to do do!
  • Great place whatever the weather. Kids love the play park, and spent an hour there. Cafe sells food and drinks at reasonable prices. It was a bit chilly, and we would've stayed longer, and gone for a walk, but I was ill with bronchitis
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