Friends of Blaise

40 years of Conserving, Improving, Promoting

blaise castle

castle opening 

Every year volunteers endeavour to open up the castle to the public between March and October on selected Sunday's each month, plus bank holidays as well other special events and booked occassions.

Come up and visit us between 2.00pm and 4.30pm, entry is free but donations are welcomed.

2022 opening

Upcomming Dates:

Sunday 17th & Monday 18th April

Sunday 1st & Sunday 15th May

Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Sunday 19th June

Sunday 17th & Sunday 31st July

Sunday 14th & Sunday 28th August

Sunday 18th September  

Sunday 16th & Sunday 30th October


We are always looking for more volunteers to help open the castle for just a few hours on a weekend or a bank holiday afternoon.

Without your help we will struggle to keep opening this fine gothic folly to the public.

If you think you could help us even for an hour, then email us at

The friends

The Friends of Blaise were formed in 1981 to restore the castle to its former glory after it had once again fallen into disrepair. It was also subject to vandalsim and arson to the point of being condemned and partially demolished.

With the hard work and fund raising of the friends the castle was partially restored to enable people to enjoy it once more.

What can i see?

From the top of the castle you could use to see as far as Chepstow, the Cotswolds, the Mendips, Kings Weston down and Portbury, although in recent years the view has become more obstructed by trees.

It is an aspiration to cut down the very tops of the trees to once again provide stunning views of the whole area.

In 2019 the friends of blaise invested in signs for the top of the castle to help visitors know what they are able to see in all directions.

Blaise castle


The origin of Blaise Castle

Blaise hill has always been an important site and has been occupied since the iron age in one form or another.

In roman times the hill was homed to a hill fort, the remains of the fort were descovered by a dig in 1918, when stone foundations and roman artifacts were found. 

Blaise hill was formerly home to St Werburgh's chapel, which is thought to have been founded around the year 700, but could have been as late as 960, although there is no record of St Werburgh's after 1299.

There are records of a St Blaise Chapel which is believed to have been located on the same site, the chapel was abandoned by the year 1577.

in 1707 some excavation took place and many human remains were found in a vault by the chapel site. 

Blaise castle was commissioned by Thomas Farr a wealthy Bristol merchant as a summerhouse and was built in 1766 by Robert Mylne on the site of the former Blaise chapel at a cost of £3,000.

The castle was built on the highest part of the estate at a height of 250 feet above sea level. It was built with carboniferous limestone, dolomite conglomerate, Lias Limestone and pennant sandstone which was mainly taken from the hill itself and the sourounding area. Bath Stone was also used for ornamental purposes and was probably shipped along the River Avon from Bath to Sea Mills where it was hauled up to the site.

Originally the castle had two floors which were furnished and there was access to the roof via a staircase. One of the turrets contained a wooden staircase to reach the very top of the castle to provide an even better view. 

The estate was bought by Bristol City Council in 1926, in 1957 the castle underwent a significant restoration and in 1959 the building was Grade II listed.