Sunday, 2 March 2014

Our visit to the National Trust Property Tyntesfield, Bristol

To start our half term fun, we took a trip down to Bristol to stay with my family for a couple of nights. After a long drive we finally arrived ready to have some fun!

We took the opportunity to visit Tyntesfield, the National Trust property near Bristol. Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian gothic revival house with large gardens and parkland. There's plenty of room to explore outdoors; we especially liked the kitchen gardens where we could show the children the veg plots and herb gardens which are still in use today.

During the school holidays, they have activities on for the children - we took part in the Fab Feb Finding Challenge which was simple enough to complete but not too easy that it was boring!

Whilst at Tyntesfield, you can also explore the house and chapel. Although there are plenty of things to look at but not touch(!), there are children's boxes strategically placed around the house. Children are openly invited to explore these activity boxes - some contain dressing up costumes, games and traditional Victorian toys amongst other exciting child-friendly things! This kept our children occupied for the most part... although my youngest (6yo) did exclaim rather loudly, "Does this house EVER end?!?!"

The volunteer staff were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, even talking to the children as well as the adults in our group which gave them smiles all round! They were ready to answer any questions - silly or not!

My favourite part of the house was the kitchen (of course!). It's still used today in mostly an original state, with the addition of a new electric cooker and dishwasher!

Here are some photos from our day:

One point just be to aware of, the house wasn't fully open when we went and so didn't get to see as much as we could have done. The reason was that it was early in the year and everything would be fully open from Easter time. My only gripe was that this isn't noted anywhere until you have already paid (full price) and have made your way down to the house. With the children, just the downstairs of the house was probably enough, but I still would have liked to have seen the upstairs!

We have fondly renamed Tyntesfield as 'Tinsle-field' as my children much preferred this name! We have planned to return at Christmas time, just to check out the presence of tinsel!

Have a look at the webpage here to check out the prices and events throughout the year. It's well worth a visit but just make a quick phone call first to make sure everything's open!