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Acton Court

This property is free for HHA Friends
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS37 9TL
01454 228224

Acton Court is said to be the most 'original' Tudor house in England. The major part of what remains of the standing building is the East Wing. It was constructed in just nine months by the owner, Nicholas Poyntz, to accommodate a visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn during their summer Progress in 1535. It offers a rare example of early 16th century state apartments and some decorations which are said to be the finest of their kind in England.

Free access to Friends and Members during normal opening hours. See

Also surviving, hidden in the masonry until it was discovered during conservation work in 1994, is the King's "en suite" garderobe, or privy.

Sir Nicholas went on building at Acton Court until his death in 1556. The surviving Eastern half of his long gallery can still be admired. It was a daring construction with large windows and a painted frieze of biblical text and moralising verses in Latin.

The grounds comprise wild flower meadows, a cider apple orchard and an organic kitchen garden, Old English and wild roses are a speciality. The site is cultivated to support native wildlife and is Soil Association certified.

Acton Court is Grade 1 listed and the entire site including the house is Scheduled Ancient Monument. The building has been conserved rather than restored and is unfurnished.


Acton Court is located on the B4059 off the main Bristol Road. B4058 near the village of Iron Acton.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Guided tours only: 5 Jul–13 Aug: closed Mon & Tues. Sun 13 Aug no tours - closing event only. Tour times: 2pm & 3.30pm Weds–Sun. Tour numbers are limited, it is advisable to pre–book. Please phone our information line or visit

Admission price including the tour, £7 and £5 concessions.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Film Locations

Acton Court has been a location for a number of documentary films including:
- 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'
- 'Henry, The Mind of a Tyrant'
- Time Team Special 'Henry VIII's Lost Palaces
- Hilary Mantel: A Culture Show Special
- A new documentary exploring the life of Elizabeth I presented by Griff Rhys Jones

Groups and special visits

For group bookings please telephone or e-mail using the details below or visit

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

The Administrator
Acton Court
Latteridge Road
Iron Acton
South Gloucestershire
BS37 9TL
01454 228224

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