Blaise Castle Estate
Blaise Castle Estate is now a public park with lots of different walks through the woods. At the top of the hill is the Folly, a tri-lobe Castle.
As you wind your way to the top of the hill, look out for the Woodman’s House, Nymph’s Cave, Lover’s Leap, Butcher’s Cave and Robber’s Cave.
And at the top is the Castle. Readers of Northanger Abbey will remember the words of John Thorpe: ‘the finest place in England – worth going fifty miles at any time to see’.
The Dairy Garden and Kitchen Garden are near the house. These areas have restricted opening times – see website for details.
Other features to look out for are the Orangery, amphitheatre and Blaise Castle House.
The Dairy was built in 1803-5 and designed by John Nash. It is similar in style to the cottages at Blaise Hamlet – just down the road from the Estate and is a must visit.
The Estate is now owned by Bristol City Council.
Blaise Castle Estate is open every day from 7.30am. See the noticeboard at the estate for times when the Dairy Garden and Castle are open.
Entry to the Estate is free.
Don’t miss Blaise Hamlet – a short walk north-west of Blaise Castle House and now approached from Hallen Road. Pevsner described it as ‘the ne plus ultra of picturesque layout and design’. Originally designed by John Nash as cottages for former estate workers, each cottage is totally unique.