The National Trust is gradually restoring this extravagant, 35-bedroom Victorian–Gothic Revival mansion. Every ornate detail of this decorative-arts showcase compels attention. Besides magnificent woodwork, stained glass, tiles, and original furniture and fabrics, the house contains the modern conveniences of the 1860s, such as a heated billiards table, and the servants' quarters are equally absorbing. There's a restaurant and family play area, too. You can see the house, garden, and chapel at your own pace. Arrive early in the day to avoid the crowds competing for timed tickets—Monday and Tuesday are the quietest days. A food and craft market takes place in the grounds on the first Sunday of the month from April through November. Tyntesfield is 7 miles southwest of Bristol; take Bus X6 or X7 from the city every day except Sunday. The house is a 15-minute walk from the bus stop.
- Address: B3128, Wraxall, BS48 1NX
- Phone: 01275/461900
- Cost: £13.90; gardens only £8.55
- Hours: House mid-Feb.–late Feb. and early Dec.–mid-Dec., Fri.–Wed. 11–3; early Mar.–early Nov., Fri.–Wed. 11–5; last entry 1 hr 15 min before closing. Gardens early Mar.–early Nov., daily 10–6; early Nov.–early Mar., 10–5 or dusk.
- Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- Location: Bristol