Blaise Castle House Museum

Blaise Castle House Museum
Henbury Road
Henbury
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS10 7QS
England

Website

www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/blaise-castle-estate

E-mail

general.museum@bristol.gov.uk

Telephone

0117 903 9818

Fax

0117 922 2047

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

November - Easter
Sat,Sun
10:30-16:00

Easter - 31st October 2011
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
10:30-16:00

July & August
Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am-4pm

Admission charges

free

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!

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • costume
  • domestic interiors
  • toys
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Blaise Castle House

Blaise To Kingsweston Walk

  • 4 May 2014 11am-2pm

Approximately 5 mile walk from Blaise car park to Kingsweston Estate, ranger led. Learn about the history of Blaise Estate heading along Kingsweston down and then into Kingsweston Estate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per adult.

Website

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/event.html?eventid=29739

Blaise Castle House

Blaise Castle Estate Guided Walk

  • 24 May 2014 10am-2pm

Along this walk you will discover many of the wonderful features of both Blaise Estate and Kings Weston Estate. This walk is one of many taking place across the city as part of the Bristol Walking Festival 26th April - 26th May. Please wear suitable footware. There will be a refreshment break at Kings Weston House Cafe.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Rhododendron Blooms

Discover Rhododendron Walk

  • 25 May 2014 11am-1pm

Meader along Rhododendron walk taking in the beauty and colour whilst witnessing some of the best view points on the Estate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per adult.

Website

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/event.html?eventid=29740

Grotto

Discover Blaise Caves Guided Walk

  • 15 June 2014 11am-1pm

Join one of the Estate Rangers and discover the 3 caves at Blaise, you will visit Robbers Cave, Butchers Cave and Nymphs Cave. This walk involves steep inclines and some climbing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per adult.

Website

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/event.html?eventid=29741

Grotto

Hidden Blaise Guided Walk

  • 3 August 2014 11am-1pm

Discover hidden places around Blaise and learn more about this beautiful estate on a guided tour with an Estate Ranger.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per adult.

Website

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/event.html?eventid=29742

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