Acton Court

"One of the best preserved mid-sixteenth century houses in the country" according to English Heritage

Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS37 9TL

Acton Court

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Partial access for wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Acton Court is one of the most important Tudor buildings in the UK.

In 1535 the owner, Nicholas Poyntz built a magnificent new East Wing on to the existing moated manor house in honour of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s summer progress around the West Country.

The new wing was a splendid testament to Nicholas Poyntz’s loyalty to his King. He went to immense trouble and expense, decorating the state apartments lavishly and fashionably. He was well rewarded as it is thought he was knighted during the royal visit.

Today, the East Wing, which was built in just nine months, comprises most of what remains at Acton Court. It offers a rare example of 16th-century royal state apartments and some decorations which are the finest of their kind in England. Also surviving and hidden in the masonry until it was discovered during conservation work, is the King’s ‘en suite’ garde-robe.

Opening Times


Acton Court is open to HHA members 1 June to 3 July for self-guided audio tours and events.

Please visit their website for opening times and booking information.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Admission times: There will be two time slots 11:00 -13:00 and 13:30 -15:30.

Please arrive within the first hour of your slot. Numbers will be limited, and Covid-19 guidelines in place.

Admission prices: Adult £10.00 plus Eventbrite booking fee. Children, 11 and under, by arrangement, email

Historic Houses members visit the house and grounds for free, and can enquire about booking a visit here.

Educational Visits

We welcome visits from primary and seconday schools.

Visits will be arranged with the school based on individual requirements.

  • Partial access for wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Did you know, pieces of Acton Court can be found elsewhere. During archaeological excavations the earliest known sundial in England made by Nicholas Kratzer was discovered in a thorn bush within the grounds. It is now on display at Bristol City Museum.

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