Last updated: Sun 6 Oct 2013


Tyntesfield is a fine Victorian country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.

Tyntesfield, by netNicholls (Flickr)In 2002 the National Trust bought a sprawling gothic pile near Bristol. Tyntesfield cost £25 million and it was rumoured that Kylie Minogue considered snapping it up before the Trust, however, it opened to visitors in 2004.

Only in 2011 was Tyntesfield restored to a state that allows it to be open every day of the week.

Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look of this National Trust property, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion.

Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.

Here, Dan Cruickshank explores the rich history including the fortune made from guano (bird droppings) and the elaborate interiors.

Distance from Nunney
35.0 miles (56.3 km)
1 hour 8 minutes

Contact information
BS48 1NX
Telephone 01275 461900
Email [email protected]

Opening times
The estate and gardens are open every day. The house is open Saturday – Wednesday.

Please note: At weekends and during busy periods access to the house is by timed ticket (limited numbers). Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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