Arts Mansion

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Arts Mansion

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2018 -

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Our vision is for Ashton Court to be an inclusive multi-use arts venue for Bristol and North Somerset facilitating art, theatre, performance and community activities. In May 2018 Artspace Lifespace (ASLS) stepped in to take on the running of the mansion  while options are being considered for it’s future. In the first four months of opening the doors to the public, we welcomed over 5000 visitors to the mansion, hosted exhibitions, free games and musical performances, family events, team away days and provided theatre and dance rehearsals.

During the summer we were open to the public between Wed to Sun as we wanted the public to have the opportunity to see inside this iconic historical building. Over the autumn / winter, our Great Hall Gallery will be open for free exhibitions and keep an eye on our facebook page for events that are open to the public. The music room, panelled lounges and great hall gallery are all available to hire for rehearsals, peformances, exhibitions and other events. We recommend making appointments to view the mansion if you are thinking of hiring a space. Our office opening hours for booking enquiries are Wed-Fri.

What’s on September – December 2018?

Wondermansion Father Christmas Experience 

Novel Nights Writers Workshop Sep 1

Team away days and conference days Sep-Nov

Wise Children Rehearsals until September 15th

Sophie Long Art Exhibition

Antique Vintage & Collectables Fair on September 3oth. Admission £2.

Let’s Make Art Big Draw Event on October 6th. Admission £5

Laughter with Yoga October 13th and 14th.

Bravo 22 – The Art of Recovery Workshops Oct – Nov

Junior Jungle 3rd Birthday Party Dec 1 Admission £9 (SOLD OUT)

Wondermansion Father Christmas Experience Dec 6-23

Ashton Court Courtyard Cafe Christmas Market Sun 9 Dec 10-3


Wise Children Theatre Rehearsals and Launch Event

Wise Children Theatre Rehearsals and Launch Event

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will Artspace Lifespace be running Arts Mansion for?#

Our lease is for five years but working with Bristol City Council and Bristol Civic Society we hope that by May 2020 the plan for long term future of Ashton Court Future will be determined.

What are your opening hours?
We will regularly open the house to the public between 11am-4pm on Saturday or Sunday. The great hall will be open for free exhibitions and if there aren’t any ticketed events or rehearsals on then it will be possible to view the music room, winter garden bar. The North side and upstairs of the mansion are derelict and no visitors are permitted upstairs.

The mansion can be hired during the week and appointments to view the mansion with venue coordinator between Wed-Sun 11am-4pm.

How can I contact you? 

Email: or Tel: 0117 963 3438

What are your hirable spaces?

Arts Mansion Hire Brochure

Whole Mansion Hire

Capacity 680 guests. Whole mansion hire from £2K.

Great Hall – Exhibition Space

Max Capacity: 143

Ashton Court is a grade 1 listed building so no holes can be drilled in the walls.

Exhibitors must use the exhibition stands and easels provided to display work.

The Music Room

The stunning ground floor room has windows overlooking the sunny South lawn with breathtaking views of the city. Suitable for performances, rehearsals, workshops, film screenings, events and conferences.

Max Capacity: 300, Theatre performance 250, Dining 160

Dimensions: Length 29m,  Width 6.4m, Height 4.8m

Lounge 1

Max Capacity: 60

Dimensions: Length 8.8m, Width 6.4m, Height 4.2m

Light and bright south facing room with views over the South Lawn. Ideal for rehearsals, workshops, classes and meetings. 

Lounge 2

Max Capacity: 40

Dimensions: Length 6.1m, Width 6.41m, Height 4.2m

It can also be used in conjunction with the Large Panelled Lounge with the adjoining doors opened..


Interested in pop-up restaurant hire and running cooking classes? Contact us to discuss.

Winter Garden Bar

Available for pop-up bar hire only. We will normally run our own bar at any events held across the mansion. Great option for evening events and live music. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

What facilities are there on site?

  • AV equipment, Wi-Fi, projectors. flipcharts
  • Chairs
  • Disabled access
  • Licensed bar
  • Music license
  • Theatre lighting and PA equipment hire provided via supplier. Prices available upon request.
  • Car park in front of the stables / courtyard.

Do you have catering options?

Catering facilities are provided by the Courtyard Café. Prices available upon request.

Can I tour the house? 

We currently will not be running tours of the house. The dilapidated areas of the house are not covered under our lease agreement.

Do I have to pay to get in?
There will normally be no entry fee but donations to our charity are welcome. The exhibitions our artists run are normally free to enter. Events and performances normally charge an entry fee.

How can I make a donation to Artspace Lifespace?
 100% of the amount you donate via our fundraising site is given directly to Artspace Lifespace.



How do I get there? 

Public Transport: First operates a bus from Bristol to Ashton Court every 20 minutes.

From the Centre: 71 to Bower Ashton Campus, Bower Ashton + 10 min walk
From Anchor Road: X2/X3 to Clanage Road, Bower Ashton + 11 min walk

By Car: 2 miles from the city centre to the west, off the A369 to Portishead. Entrances at Bower Ashton, Long Ashton and Leigh Woods.

The nearest car park is Kennel Lodge Road Car Park. Parking costs £1.20 per day.

Arts Mansion entrance is via the Great Hall Gallery which faces onto the West Lawn. You can walk around the North Side of the Building (Wheelchair accessible) or along the South Lawn (steps either side) to reach the Arts Mansion entrance.

“We are delighted to be working with Artspace Lifespace to open up the mansion house to the public while decisions are made on its long term future.

“We know how important the mansion house is to the people of Bristol, and it will be fantastic to see it full of life again.”

Asher Craig,
Deputy Mayor