Curator's choice: five must-sees at Tyntesfield

My name is Sue Hayward. I’m the Curator for Tyntesfield and Bristol. Originally a Classicist and field archaeologist, I’ve worked in the heritage sector for 30 years in a variety of roles from medical museum curator and project manager, to museum director. I remember the Trust’s nail-biting campaign to acquire Tyntesfield when it suddenly came onto the market back in 2002. A rare example of a Victorian estate, with many of its historic features still intact, it absolutely fascinated me. Today it’s my job to care for this special place and share its stories with visitors. Here’s a small selection of my current ‘must sees’.

The borders at Tyntesfield's rose garden

The Rose Garden

Embraced by the ruggedness of nature and guarded by heraldic lions, Tyntesfield’s Gothic Rose Garden is a place to daydream or take in the views.

The library

The Library

The Tyntesfield library is a fascinating chronicle of the family, their voices echo down through the books.

The Orangery at Tyntesfield, Wraxall, North Somerset

The Orangery

Find out how Antony Gibbs expressed his own style through the flamboyant Neo-classical orangery; the first building at Tyntesfield not in the Gothic style.

Close up of an angel on the fireplace

The Grand Hall Fireplace

The recipe for happiness at the heart of the Gibbs’ home.

Ornate metalwork

The ‘Throne of Charlemagne’

The shimmering armchair that literally stopped me in my tracks…