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Bristol
Ashton Court Estate
Long Ashton
Somerset BS41 9JN

 

Here are 850 acres (344 hectares) of wood and grassland and stunning views over Bristol. Red and Fallow deer graze in the deer park and it is easy to get a close look at them. The ancient oak trees date back 900 odd years and in spring its Rownham Plantation is carpeted with bluebells.

The park was originally the grounds and gardens of Ashton Court, home of the Smyth family since 1495. The Bristol City Council purchased Ashton Court and the park in 1959. The mansion has been restored by the Council and is used for weddings, balls parties as well as conferences and banquets. It is not normally open for general tourist visits.

Country Park
Protected by a sweep of high ground, the estate is only a short distance from the Clifton Suspension bridge, and a five minute drive from the city’s vibrant and cosmopolitan centre.

The Ashton Court Estate’s 850 acres (344 hectares) of woodland and grassland are said to be ‘the lungs of Bristol’.

- Deer Parks
There are two enclosed deer areas which help to maintain red and fallow deer herds. Visitors can get relatively close to the deer and see them in a natural environment.
 
- Golf Course
There are two 18-hole par 3 golf courses which provide a challenge for the novice or seasoned golfer and welcomes all age groups and abilities.
 
- Horse Riding
There is a 1.6 mile (2.6 km) horse riding trail within the estate.
 
- Fitness Classes
Classes are run that cater for all fitness levels.
 
- Mountain Biking
The cycle trail is suitable for all abilities, including families. Mountain Bike may be hired.
 
As well as all these activities, there is Orienteering, Walking and a Park Run for those who enjoy the outdoors.
 
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Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Estate hosts a number of special events from time to time including the world famous International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta held annually in August.
 
Food and Drink
There is a charming café in the Stables Courtyard of the mansion as well as the Golf Cafe in the new golf and cycle centre. For opening times see Web: Ashton Court's Stable Cafe.
 
Disabled Access
Full details available at Web: Ashton Court Estate/ Access
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
The estate can be accessed from the A369 Clanage Road, through Clifton Lodge, off the A369 at Abbots Leigh Road or from the B3128 near Long Ashton. A short distance from the Clifton Suspension bridge, and a five minute drive from the city.
 
Google Map - Ashton Court Estate