Hanham Court, Nr. Bristol
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Garden or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs)
Hanham Court stands on what was the Via Julia or Julian Road above the River Avon at an ancient ferry crossing. The road runs from Bath to the Roman port at Avonmouth, when the Romans conquered the country in A.D. 43 they made a road, the Via Julia, from the city of Bath, passing through the forest to Sea Mills, then to the Severn where a ferry carried the legions across to Caerwent in Wales. Historically and architecturally there is evidence at the site from almost every century since the Norman Conquest. What was essentially a solid Norman House has been embellished over many generations with Early English, Tudor and 18th and 19th century alteration and additions. Nevertheless some historians think that there was a manor house here, possibly wooden, as early as Saxon times.
In 1993 Julian and Isabel Bannerman moved to Hanham Court. They are award-winning garden designers to the Prince of Wales, and over a period of fifteen years they created a deeply romantic and scented garden. The formal garden has luscious borders of old roses, tree peonies, lilies and fountains. An amazing ‘Dancing Crown’ fountain is in the woodland garden, which has a stream, pools, snowdrops, tree ferns, magnolias and temples. Outside of the walls lies a miniature park, a downland of wild flower meadows overlooking the River Avon and an orchard. Behind the Tithe Barn is a small vegetable and cutting garden and near it the loggia.
The gardens were first opened to the public in 2008 and over the past few years many people have visited and enjoyed the gardens. In 2010 Hanham Court Garden was voted ‘No.1 Dreamy Garden’ by the BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine.
In 2015, Hanham Court and Gardens were bought by Richard and Julia Boissevain, who have thrown themselves into the continued restoration and preservation of these beautiful gardens.
Nr. Bristol BS15 3NT
Entrance to Fair and Gardens £5.00
Children under 16 free
CASH OR CHEQUES ONLY
Teas and refreshments available