The grand mansion dates back to the 11th century and has since then been passed down by multiple owners. Ashton Court Estate is an 850-acre piece of land which is owned by Bristol City Council. Over the years it has been used for a number of events, including the Royal Show in 1936. Ashton Court estate was also used as a military hospital during the First World War and as an army transit camp during the Second World War.
The last owners of the estate were the Smythe Family, who owned the estate for around 400 years. The last of the Smythe family died in 1946. Later in 1959, the Bristol City Council purchased the estate and has since then brought it back to life. Ashton Court Estate has a deer park and hosts many leisure events within Bristol. The estate is famous for its woodland and its meadows. Its gardens and deer park are the top reason why it garners lots of attention.
Things to do:
Ashton Court Estate hosts the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
The horse riding trails start at Church Lodge. Just park up and begin your horse ride from there.
Ashton Court Estate has a personal golf course that is open for golfers of all abilities.
Other activities at the estate include mountain biking, orienteering, park-runs, and a miniature railway ride.
There is a small picnic area for you to have the perfect family day out where you can sit and watch herds of deer whilst you eat.
The large deer park has been there since the 14th century and was later extended in the 16th and 17th century. The whole park is also home to some of the UK’s most important species of wildlife.
Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN, UK