Hanham Court, Nr. Bristol

When: 10 June 2018: 11.00am - 4.00pm


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.

Hanham Court has been the family home of Richard and Julia Boissevain since 2015. They have thrown themselves into the continued restoration and preservation of these beautiful gardens, which were developed and designed by the previous owners, renowned garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman. 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. The woodland garden includes a stream, pools, snowdrops, tree ferns, and magnolias. Outside of the walls lies a miniature park, a downland of wild flower meadows overlooking the River Avon and an orchard.

The gardens were first opened to the public in 2008 and over the past few years many people have visited and enjoyed the gardens, which are open on selected weekends for the National Gardens Scheme and for our Fair. In 2011 Hanham Court Garden was voted ‘No.1 Dreamy Garden’ by the BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine.


Adults £5.00 includes the Fair and Gardens

Children under 16 free



We experienced some teething problems with the parking in 2017, which we have now resolved for this year.

Main car park will be in the field adjacent to the road entrance; about a five minute walk to the Fair and Gardens.

Blue badge and some limited general parking adjacent to the House.

You are welcome to drive up to the House to collect your purchases at the end of your visit.

Please follow the instructions of the parking staff on the day of the Fair.


The Gardens and Fair are mostly accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters, but please be aware that there are some steep slopes and gravel paths around the gardens.

Accessible toilet available.


Teas and refreshments available

Hanham Court
Ferry Road
Hanham Abbots
Nr. Bristol BS15 3NT
0845 4681368*