Friends of Blaise

Blaise Castle

Blaise Castle is a gothic style folly located in Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury, Bristol.

Blaise Castle was commissioned by Thomas Farr a local wealthy merchant as a summerhouse and was built in 1766 by Robert Mylne on the site of the former Blaise Chapel.

In 1957, the castle underwent a significant restoration and in 1959 the building was Grade II listed.

The Friends of Blaise formed in 1981 to restore the castle to its former glory after it had once again fallen disrepair and was the subject of vandalism and arson, with the hard work of the friends the castle was partially restored to enable people to enjoy it once more.

From the top of the castle you could use to see as far as Chepstow, The Cotswolds, The Mendips, Dundry, Kings Weston Down and Portbury, although in recent years the view has become more obstructed by trees, although it is an aspiration to cut the very tops of the trees down to once again provide stunning views of the whole area.


Every year volunteers endeavour to open up the castle to the public between April and October on the third Sunday of each month, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Come up and visit us between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.

We are urgently looking for more volunteers to help open up the castle for just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, otherwise we will no longer be able to carry on opening up this wonderful bit of history to the public.

2017 Opening Dates