Gardens near Bristol: Tyntesfield

Sometimes all I want to do is live in a garden. The kitchen gardens are my favourite, with rows of edible yummy things, orchards, and bright flowers. There is beauty and practical focus of providing food. They are not just arty or creative, they are productive.

Tyntesfield did not disappoint, despite the frowney faces at the entrance when I respondeded that I wasn’t a National Trust member. 

There were a lot of people and we got there not long after opening on a cloudy Sunday. But it is August and the car park was packed. For two adults and parking, it cost ¬£23, plus some of the fresh produce for sale on the benches in the kitchen garden. You won’t be able to resist either. Be warned there is also a used bookshop that I had to tear myself away from. Lots of the usual cafes and gift shops.

The gardens and orangery were all we needed to see. You could spend half a day easily, especially if you go a bit earlier in summer when the rose garden (not many roses) is in peak form.

The house was pretty too. I may go inside next time?! Should’ve just joined the National Trust …


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