History is a huge part of our life and here at Acton Court, time has literally stood still. Apart from the odd lorry passing by on the main road, you could truly be forgiven for thinking that you has stepped back in time to 1535 when one of our Britains most controversial monarchs, Henry VIII came to stay at Acton Court. I think it worth mentioning that Acton Court is a very frail property and it is advisable to ring ahead to assure your place in a tour. A very informative tour is on offer here and I thought it was incredible value for money given the time, care and attention their Blue Badge guides spend with you. 119 Acton Court also plays host to a small number of special events, from in house concertos to birds of prey demonstrations, you may even see the odd king or queen knocking around, so it may prove invaluable to hop onto their website to see what's happening and when.
Attraction in Bristol
In 1535, Nicholas Poyntz, the owner of Acton Court, built a magnificent new East Wing on to the existing moated manor house in honour of HenryVIII and Anne Boleyn’s summer progress around the West Country. Today, the East Wing, which was built in just nine months, comprises most of what remains at Acton Court. It offers a rare example of 16th century royal state apartments and some decorations which are the finest of their kind in England. The building’s fortunes declined to the point of dilapidation in the 20th century. It is due to this neglect that Acton Court was left largely untouched and as a result a unique Tudor building has been preserved. It is said to be the most ‘original’ Tudor building in England and the house now left empty has a mysterious beauty. The building is Grade I Listed and both house and grounds are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. During archaeological excavations at Acton Court, there were many exciting finds, thought to be associated with King Henry’s visit. All artefacts are currently held at Bristol City Museum. In the 16th Century, Acton Court had grand and extensive formal gardens. Today, the garden and grounds are part of the Scheduled Monument. Natural meadows support native wildlife species and Head Gardener, Nic Jones cultivates a walled wildflower meadow and orchard, Old English and wild roses. He has also created an organic kitchen garden onTudor lines, which produces quality vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs. Acton Court is an organic site and Soil Association Certified. Acton Court opens to the public from the first Wednesday in July for six weeks, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. Blue Badge guides tell the story of Acton Court, the Poyntz family who lived here, the monarchs they entertained and the state apartments they built for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Tours are limited to 25 people. To avoid disappointment book your place in advance by phone or reserve online and pay for your ticket at the door. Allow approximately an hour and a quarter for the tour. Please wear soft soled shoes.