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“This Photograph is of the Folly, not the house!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Blaise Castle House Museum

Blaise Castle House Museum
Henbury Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS, England
+44 117 903 9818
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Ranked #25 of 97 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Bristol
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“This Photograph is of the Folly, not the house!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Folly is not always open. The grounds around the house are superb and the play area well worth bringing children of many ages. Entry to the grounds is free. The museum is ok when it is open, but in many ways it is under-used and the displays are not very imaginative.

Visited September 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“I live local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

There is quite a step hill to get to this monument, i believe that it can now be accessed by the public and it tells you where to obtain the key on the door.

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wales
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“Lovely place for children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Very pretty, large park with good walks, hidden castle and great play areas. Cafe ok and cheap. The children enjoyed the walks although parts quite steep and need adult supervision as there is little (sometimes no) fencing.

Visited August 2012
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Cuernavaca
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“Hidden gem in outer Bristol”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Looking for a place to take the kids for a while? You can do much worse than to bring the family here, a well-cared for municipal park, country house and castle folly which is only a few minutes off the M5.

Access is easy and parking free and ample. You enter onto a lovely wide open park which one the day we went was full of families picnicking, playing games and enjoying one of the few sunny days of summer. There is a small snack bar-cafe on site with reasonable price and quality food, ice creams, and the toilet facilities are clean and fully serviced. Right alongside these are two large adventure playgrounds, one for smaller kiddies and one for larger tykes, which have plenty of space and are well equipped with modern play frames, sandpits and so on. Beyond these is the country house which has been converted into a museum for Bristol Council's modest social history collection, which nevertheless is diverse and interesting, with a Victorian classroom mock-up, collections of toys from yesteryear, household items through the ages, historical clothes, all very well presented an interesting for a walk through of an hour or so.

Then it's across the park for a walk up the gentle-to middling slope to the castle folly, which sits inside a large glade atop the hill. It was shut when we went, but still worth the effort to climb up to and sit outside, inventing stories of captured fairy maidens for our kids to half-believe. You can augment the make-believe stories with a trot down the hill to Blaise Hamlet, where there are *proper* hobbit houses to see. The scepticism soon vanished when we backed up our stories with a visit here.

We really appreciated this lovely site. If you are looking for a flash-bang-wallop day out, you won't find it here, and individually perhaps each attraction wouldn't warrant much of a journey, but put them together and we had a smashing half-day out in the sun with the kids and their cousins.

And best of all was the price. In total we paid nothing, nada, zilch. Not a penny. Park, playgrounds, country house museum, the car park, the facilities, all free. I won't say it was value for money, because we spent no money. I guarantee that you cannot find a better bang-for-no-buck in many other sites or attractions in the area. "Hidden gem" is a cliche, but really does apply to this attraction.

Visited July 2012
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Bristol
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“Fascinating History and great walks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The museum is a very homely one, showing life in Bristol in the early 1900s, the family history of the estate, a wander around the house (it isn't really a castle) a walk to the Castle Folly (pictured). Some easy walks and some taxing ones. Open green areas for kids to play. A Cafe and car park within the estate and in easy reach. Toilets. And all of it is free to visit.

Visited May 2012
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