What to do with Ashton Court Mansion?

21 03 2013

If you have ever been to a wedding at Ashton Court Mansion, you will have seen the best of a building which dates back to the fourteenth century and since 1959 has been owned by Bristol City Council. But open the wrong door and another mansion is revealed; much of it derelict and in a poor condition.

Ashton Court Mansion

A public consultation begins today asking how best to use the Grade I-listed mansion to secure its future and find an income for its long-term restoration.

An exhibition is now on display in the courtyard cafe until April 26, with those filling in the consultation today available to get a 20 per cent discount in the cafe.

A virtual tour of the mansion and more information on the consultation can be found at www.bristol.gov.uk/acmfuture.

Some ideas for possible future uses of the mansion include as an education centre, residential leisure learning centre or conference centre.

Only about a third of the historic building is currently in use: the former music room on the ground floor is used for weddings and conferences, two smaller rooms can be booked for meetings, and some upstairs rooms are used as council offices.

Ashton Court Mansion main entrance


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