Stretching across Bristol’s southern edge, the rolling fields, woodlands and enclosed deer park are enjoyed for art, sports, walks and festivals, and have been an inspiration to Bristolians and visitors to the area for generations.
The mansion itself has a rich history dating back to the Domesday Book in 1086, and includes tales of eccentric aristocratic owners, royal visitors, buried treasure and use as a WW1 military hospital, during which time the writer C.S. Lewis was brought here to convalesce.
In recent years, the mansion has been taken over by Artspace Lifespace: an arts charity that turns underused or vacant properties into creative community spaces. Ashton Court mansion is now an inclusive, multi-use arts venue which facilitates art, theatre, performance and community activities.
Free exhibitions in the Great Hall Gallery are open to visitors, alongside regular performances and exhibitions in the beautiful Music Room and Panelled Lounges.
Opening hours are 11am-4pm Weds-Sun - see website for further information.
Outside the Ashton Court Mansion lies a small graveyard dedicated to the Smyth's family pets going back 200 years. The graves include dogs, cats and even a monkey!