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’ garderobe.
Today’s opening hours
Wednesday to Sunday from 4 July to 12 August, 1pm to 5pm. Tours of the house and grounds at 2pm and 3.30pm. Group tours by arrangement.
Wednesday to Sunday from 4 July to 12 August, 1pm to 5pm. Tours of the house and grounds at 2pm and 3.30pm.
Group tours by arrangement.
Between Latteridge and Iron Acton on the B4059.
By Bus: From Bristol Bus and Coach Station. Bus X46 towards Yate. Get off at The White Hart, Iron Acton. Cross lights B4058/ 4059 junction and short walk down Latteridge Road to Acton Court. Be careful as it’s a busy road, the pavement is very narrow and disappears altogether just before you reach Acton Court.
Train Stations: Yate: 2.4 miles by road.
Bristol Parkway: 5.3 miles by road.
Bristol Temple Meads: 10.4 miles by road.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
£8 full price.
Access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only, booking recommended to avoid disappointment.
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
A word from the owner
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.
The meadows and rough grassland at Acton Court provide a good habitat and hunting ground for birds of prey and other wildlife species.
The building is a favoured breeding site for Barn Owls and sometimes Little Owls and Hawks. A wide variety of song birds, butterflies, moths and bats frequent the site. We are associated with the Hawk and Owl Trust and their volunteers work at Acton Court on a regular basis to try and maintain the ecological integrity of the fields that surround the house.
We run organised Owl Prowls to see these amazing animals.
We welcome visits from primary and seconday schools.
Visits will be arranged with the school based on individual requirements.