Blaise Castle House Museum
Situated in the beautiful parkland of the Blaise Estate at Henbury - the Museum is situated in an 18th century house and holds most of the Museums Service's 30,000 social history collection.
Blaise has famous connections - it was immortalised by Jane Austen who described it as 'the finest place in England in her book Northanger Abbey.
The Museum contains exhibits of everyday life from centuries past including an impressive domestic equipment gallery, a Victorian toy room including the museum's popular model train collection, old period costumes, other items of everyday life and a beautiful picture gallery.
Blaise Castle House was built in 1796-98 for John Harford, a wealthy Bristol merchant and banker. He was also responsible for building Blaise Hamlet, to house his servants and tenants. At the same time the grounds were laid out by Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) a leading landscape gardener. Parts of Repton's designs still exist, notably the impressive carriage drive which winds its way from the house. The Regency architect John Nash was responsible for the addition of the dairy and the conservatory.
For more information on educational bookings please contact Rita Youseph on 0117 922 3567.
Museum, Historic house or home
3 November 2014 — 29 March, 2015, Sat, Sun, 1030-1600.
Part of Bristol Museums’ Designated Collections related to Bristol’s role as a manufacturing city and major seaport is on display here.
Other parts of these collections can be seen at Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Georgian House, and Red Lodge. Please contact Bristol Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.
The museums were Designated in respect of outstanding collections relating to the City of Bristol, including topographical paintings and prints, maps and archaeological collections. The collections relating to the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are particularly rich, and reflect the importance of Bristol in those centuries.
A History of the Blaise Estate features Humphrey Repton's Red Book, bound in red leather, detailing his plans to landscape the park. Bristol at Home Display, upstairs in the museum focuses on domestic equipment, including stoves, fireplaces, cooking utensils, vacuum cleaners and other everyday items.
The Costume Collection is the fourth largest in the South West, however limited space only enables a very small sample to be on display at any one time. The Picture Gallery added in 1832-33 is downstairs in the museum and was designed by Charles Cockerell. It is now restored to its mid-Victorian glory. The Toys Room includes many old dolls, board games and the popular model trains and is exceptionally popular with visitors of all ages!
Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Costume and Textiles
Key artists and exhibits
- domestic interiors
- Designated Collection
Heritage Open Days: Blaise Castle House Museum & Dairy
- 12 September 2015
Doors Open Day is a unique opportunity to see inside the 19th century dairy belonging to Blaise Castle House. This was a working dairy, but was also intended to impress guests and add to the impression of the Estate as a rural idyll. Built in 1804 and designed by fashionable architect John Nash, the Dairy and its lovely garden are only open to the public once a year. Visitors are invited to dress up as a dairymaid and have a go at making their own butter by hand. They can also taste the fresh butter churned by our butter makers, and take their own butter home for tea. No special skill required, just persistence!
- Family friendly
Blaise Castle House Museum
City of Bristol
0117 903 9818