Blaise Castle House Museum is a beautiful 18th century mansion house on the outskirts of Bristol, filled with objects which show how people lived through history. Both the exterior and the interior of the house are stunning, with lots of original details-there was even a fireplace in the public toilets! The impressive picture room was particularly gorgeous, with sumptuous red wall paper, a domed ceiling and a fine collection of paintings. Blaise Castle House is licensed for people to get married in this room-I think a wedding here would be wonderfully atmospheric.
It also has a very tranquil feeling to it, despite all the visitors. It must have been a lovely place to live.
The collections focus on people's everyday lives through history. There is everything from an excellent recreation of a Victorian school room, complete with taxidermy and slates, to a display of wood burning stoves, and even a street lamp. There is also a small but well curated display of historical fashion.
My favourite displays were the toys. There were several dolls houses, with ornate interiors.
There was even a very elegant toy horse drawn carriage.
I was smitten with the tiny dolls' tea sets, which had an amazing level of detail and pretty designs.
There was also tiny cutlery, suitable for use by tiny Beatrix Potter mice.
So many tiny things! I was so happy.
In a different display, this horn cup with an image of Queen Victoria made me laugh because it reminded me so much of the work of Kate Beaton.
Blaise Castle House Museum has something to interest everyone, and is just the right size for an interesting but relaxing visit. It is small enough that you can go around the whole museum without reaching information saturation point, but has enough on display that if you want to look at all the details you could easily spend upwards of an hour wandering around. I also think it would be a great place for sketching, as there are so many unusual pieces on display and the building itself is so beautiful-but obviously if you want to sketch please check with the museum attendants first.
If you want to visit Blaise Castle House Museum, details are on their website-https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/blaise-castle-house-museum/