Visit Ashton Court Mansion, a rather grand Grade I-Listed landmark that encompasses many different architectural styles and was built on a former manor house dating back to the 11th Century. It's near the western outskirts of the medieval maritime centre of Bristol, a city with a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants, top-notch boutiques, and world-class exhibition galleries.
A Brief History of Ashton Court Mansion
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, this site was transformed into a grand estate, with elegant landscaped gardens designed by Humphry Repton, one of Britain's most distinguished landscapers. The estate also hosted the Royal Show in 1936, and was sold by the Smyth family after the Second World War, when it was acquired by Bristol City Council and became a cultural attraction.
Events at the Ashton Court Estate
Today, Ashton Court continues to hold many major social events, perhaps most notably the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and has taken place since 1979. Another key event is the Bristol International Kite Festival, which was 30 years old by 2016 and raises money for local charities. It is also one of Europe's biggest kite celebrations.
The estate and its 850 acres of beautiful woodland is also regularly open to the public, and has a pleasant golf course café and courtyard café, deer parks, and plenty of space for picnics. For affordable, stylish accommodation just a short drive from the Ashton Court Estate, consider The Washington, a friendly guesthouse with well-appointed WiFi-enabled rooms.
Other Attractions near to the Ashton Court Mansion
See magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge in picturesque neighbourhood of Clifton and the striking SS Great Britain, two well-preserved historic masterpieces that are the products of one of the world's most pioneering engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Bristol is also home to a fantastic zoo, a regenerated harbour, the At-Bristol science exhibition, a striking medieval cathedral, and the prominent 19th century Cabot Tower.
You can also find many other excellent places to stay in Bristol city centre, from luxury establishments such as the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, to budget-friendly hotels such as the Ibis Bristol Centre.