If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you will know that we love a travel back in time and a trip to the Victorian era is not something we’d miss! After we spent the start of our holiday fighting off the Covid virus, as soon as we were better — and were allowed to — we decided to head off to the Gothic dream that is Tyntesfield, the gorgeous 19th century mansion built by the Gibbs family just outside Bristol.
With its well kept grounds, impressive chapel and stunning architecture inspired by the medieval Gothic style, Tyntesfield really is a jewel in the National Trust’s crown.
After encountering the “Great Unwashed” through the brilliant Ragged Victorians and their stories at the SS Great Britain, it was time for us to rub shoulders with the High Society. You could really tell that all the guides and actors were really enjoying impersonating members of the Gibbs family and we chatted a good while with the architect and the vicar who were full of fun stories about the house and its inhabitants.
We’ve visited the house many times but it was very special to see it all decorated with paper chains, festive angels and sumptuous Christmas trees. After a hearty lunch at the Cow Barns cafe, we had a lovely stroll in the well manicured grounds before jumping on a bus back to Bristol and the 21st century!
Once again, we can say that no matter the season, a trip to Tyntesfield, never disappoints!