Dog-friendly Bristol – Kings Weston House

Kings Weston House

“Kings Weston House is a Grade 1 listed building that was completed in 1719 and designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace.”

Kings Weston House

Kings Weston House has vast dog-friendly grounds that anyone can use. You can park for free in the car park (off Shirehampton road B4054), have refreshments at the café and wander the grounds. Lovely.

Surrounded by gorgeous walled gardens, the house is a beautiful reminder of times now gone. The estate once housed a Tudor mansion and was mentioned in two of Jane Austen’s books (Emma and Northanger Abbey). Today, the house that you can see was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace, and built between 1712 and 1719. You can read more about the history here. The house itself isn’t open to dogs, apart from the little café around the back, but it is a beautiful house that is often used as a wedding venue.

The grounds today are beautiful and if you walk through the woods you come across a little bench with a a plaque that says: “The vast majority of my childhood was spent in the woods to Kings Weston – building dens, climbing trees, making bows and arrows, putting up swings, bird watching and camping out in the evenings. That was our playground.” It was written by Mark Pepper and it is clear to see that children still enjoy the estate in the same way. I wonder how dogs would describe it!

Dog-friendly things to do near Kings Weston House

Kings Weston House Estate is a very short walk from Blaise Castle, which is also well worth a visit.

Dog-friendly places to eat near Kings Weston House

There is a lovely little café on site that provides snacks and light bites, such as soups and toasties.

4 thoughts on “Dog-friendly Bristol – Kings Weston House

  1. oh this looks perfect- a bot of history and day-dream worthy gardens for me and miles to roam for the dog. I’ve lived in Wiltshire for two years but am yet to branch out to Bristol and surrounding area, I really must get out there! Beautiful images, much enjoyed.

    1. Bristol and surrounding areas has so much to offer, but so does Wiltshire. We need to do more of Wiltshire – do let us know if you have any recommendations 😊

  2. Gorgeous photos as usual. A visual treat! I didn’t recognize the name of the designer but I immediately recognised Bleinham Palace. What beautiful little place to explore. Hope y’all are doing well.

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