National Trust: Clevedon Court
If you love National Trust houses, then make sure to visit Clevedon Court! The National Trust look after houses, buildings and gardens to coast and countryside. You can help protect these properties by visiting or purchasing a membership. The membership includes free entry to over 500 properties or gardens.
Last weekend we visited Clevedon Court. We have been wanting to visit this property for a long time since we moved to Bath. You are warmly welcomed by National Trust volunteers who tell you about the history of the property in the hallway before walking around. Volunteers are in each of the rooms, if you have questions about the history or furniture.
This stone manor house was built in 1320 for Sir John de Clevedon. It was altered by the Wake family in Tudor times. In 1709 the house was bought by Abraham Elton, who was a wealthy Bristol merchant. He restored the house adding a ceiling to the great hall. There is a first floor chapel and a lot of bedrooms.
The house is filled with furniture and pictures including a beautiful display of Eltonware pottery and collection of Nailsea glass, which is showcased in the old kitchen. The Nailsea Glass and Eltonware pottery were one of our favourite parts to visit at Clevedon Court, including the garden. There is a large collection to look at and read about.
The garden is a must to visit. The garden nestles at the foot of Court Hill and is south-facing. The garden is carved out of the hillside in a series of terraces. In the garden, there is a building called the Octagon. It is the perfect place to sit in the summer and have tea! The garden still has its 18th century form. Small ponds and fountains were added in the 19th century and the once open hillside is now woods.
The tea kiosk and car park is open at 1.15pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 3 April and 29 September. Entry to the house is by timed ticket only. The house is also open bank holiday Mondays. You might want to head into Clevedon first or visit Tyntesfield before heading to this property.
The house is open between 2pm to 5pm. A little note, this house accepts cash only. You might want some money to grab a drink or a snack from the tea kiosk. There is not a large restaurant or tea room at this National Trust property. You might want to bring your own picnic or head into Clevedon for a spot of lunch. If you have children, they provide a quiz and trail!
After visiting the National Trust house, make sure to check out Clevedon Craft Centre and Clevedon. Clevedon is a Victorian seaside town overlooking the Severn Estuary. It is a great place to visit, if you enjoy walking and the coast. Clevedon Craft Centre is only a few minutes drive away. The studios are housed in 17th century outbuildings which was once part of Clevedon Court! There is free parking and workshop facilities. If you’re in need of lunch after visiting Clevedon Court, there is a traditional tea room. They sell various sandwiches, cakes and drinks at the craft centre.