Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol

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An authentic example of the American Country Place era, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum features a large home and landscaped gardens. Tour the 45 rooms of the mansion filled with authentic furniture. Outside you will see more than 300 species of plants, both native and exotic. The estate features magnolia, katsure, oak, beech, and sequoia trees. Walk among the roses and orchids, divided by little stone walls and rocky roads. The site also offers a greenhouse, a tennis court, and a golf course. Before you head to Bristol, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bristol trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Bristol has to offer, including Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.
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  • Very nice tour and pretty property. Fun to tour and beautiful items in house. Lots to enjoy nearby so add this to Newport itinerary 
    Very nice tour and pretty property. Fun to tour and beautiful items in house. Lots to enjoy nearby so add this to Newport itinerary  more »
  • This is the Secret Garden come to life. Not only is the house and it's history fun to explore, the grounds are out-of-control inspiring. The flora thrives, and the imagination wonders. There are... 
    This is the Secret Garden come to life. Not only is the house and it's history fun to explore, the grounds are out-of-control inspiring. The flora thrives, and the imagination wonders. There are...  more »
  • We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at Blithewold. We toured the house, ambled through the stunning gardens and woods, and enjoyed tea and scones on the porch overlooking the water. Fantastic! 
    We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at Blithewold. We toured the house, ambled through the stunning gardens and woods, and enjoyed tea and scones on the porch overlooking the water. Fantastic!  more »
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  • Different flowers for every season. Many activities year around. Jazz, Opera, magic lantern to mention a couple... Lovely place to take a walk after having lunch in a Bristol restaurant.
  • A lovely old mansion. The backstory is interesting and the grounds are large and beautiful. However, nothing really distinguishes this from other old properties. Good to see if you’re in the neighborhood but not a must see.
  • Blithewold is a gem by the sea and a floral feast for the eyes and the senses. Its phenomenal collection of magnificent and exotic trees is a must see. It’s a great place to walk, relax and enjoy beautiful green spaces. The mansion has an understated sophistication that I personally appreciate.
  • Interesting audio tour of mansion. Beautiful grounds to meander and sketch.
  • I went to Blithewold over the summer. I spent 3 hours there and loved every minute of it. The house is amazing with so much detail and history. This place is of my dreams. The 10 acre lawn to the water provides beautiful views. I walked through the shaded paths to the green house. The plants and gardens are gorgeous. The restored stables are interesting as well. Nice and helpful staff and volunteers. I didn't make it back for Christmas. Maybe next year.

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