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Kings Weston House

  • The Saloon. Photo credit: Bob Pritchard
  • The Echo. Photo credit: KWAG
  • Bench at Kings Weston House

High on the ridge defining the edge of the Severn Vale, the chimneys of historic Kings Weston House protrude like an ancient castle above the suburbs of Bristol.

Designed three centuries ago by one of Britain’s greatest architects, Kings Weston House is surrounded by 300 acres of landscaped grounds, ancient woodland, and meadows.

Once the reserve of Georgian gentry, Kings Weston is now a public park but it’s still dotted with the historic features of a great estate. Visit the ruined Echo, the Regency Iron Bridge, and the ancient stone dial, built as a navigation aid by Bristol merchants.

The park boasts many rare and ancient trees and plenty of hidden secrets waiting to be explored. Historic carriage drives thread through the woodland and still offer grand panoramas of the surrounding area.

Discover more about the history of the estate here.

The Kings Weston Action Group actively champions the historic estate and works to conserve it.

Don’t miss

  • Enjoying lunch with a view across the Severn from the coffee shop
  • Strolling back in time with one of KWAG’s free guides to the estate
  • Picnicking in the secluded meadow across the top of Kings Weston Hill
  • Discovering the historic estate buildings and walled gardens

Did You Know?

During the Second World War, Kings Weston became a camp for black American troops assigned to port duties at Avonmouth. Their barracks, once studded throughout the park, have now gone, but you can still discover some of the remains they left behind.

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© 2019 A Forgotten Landscape: A Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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