There’s plenty on offer here: a mansion with a museum, costumes and curios, a gallery, parkland and even a folly will all keep you occupied
Blaise Castle House Museum may seem like a mouthful to say, but trust me, it’s even trickier to summarise. Where to start? The 18th-century grade II listed mansion building? The museum of social history oddities, from toys to toilets? The domed picture room, with its fine art collection? Or the stunning, 600 acres of parkland?
For convenience, the museum. Too often overlooked by visitors to the main grounds, it has plenty to keep you interested. Kids (and adults, probably) will be alternately delighted and freaked out by the displays of old toys, doll’s houses and games, some of them more than 200 years old. There are beautiful fabrics and dresses from the 1730s to pore over in the costume collection, as well as an exhibition showing how everyday domestic living has changed over the past 300 years.
Add to this a lovingly restored picture room, with artwork on loan from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and you’re looking at a couple of hours well spent. Don’t worry, the parkland, playgrounds, castle folly and spectacular views will still be there, waiting to be explored when you emerge.
Tip: if you’re planning to visit on a sunny weekend, it’s best to choose your timing; the grounds are popular and although there’s loads of free parking, it can get busy.
|Venue name:||Blaise Castle House Museum||Contact:|
Blaise Castle Estate
Kings Weston Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 9am-5pm|
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