The Landmark Trust is opening Robin Hood's Hut in association with Heritage Open Days. *Entry is free but your visit must be pre-booked via EventBrite*
Robin Hood’s Hut was built by Sir Charles Kemeys Tynte in the late 1760s to adorn the re-landscaping of his estate at Halswell Park, Goathurst.
Its name has less to do with Robin of Locksley than the fashionable 18th-century allusion to ancient English liberties that Robin defended. There is a preliminary design for the building by Henry Keene in the V & A. The hut was positioned to take advantage of the stunning panorama from the ridge. Just as today, the unsuspecting visitor would approach through a belt of woodland, stumbling upon a rustic thatched cottage suggestive of hermits and witches to an 18th-century sensibility. Entering a dark and gloomy space, the rear doors would then be flung open by the host to reveal the glory of the view north across to the Bristol Channel and to Wales beyond.
Come along to our free open days to find out more about its rich history. We welcome all ages and encourage picnics in the grounds if the weather permits!
Leaflets on the building's history and children's activity sheets will be available.
There is no parking at Robin Hood's Hut, but plenty at Halswell House which will also be open for free during this weekend. There is an uphill walk up to the Hut via a dirt footpath so please wear suitable footwear.
For further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm.
Please note that due to the nature of our historic buildings and places, some may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or certain disabilities. We do all we can to enable access wherever possible; if you have any access concerns that you’d like to discuss before visiting, please contact our Booking Enquiries team on 01628 825925.