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St Bartholomew's, Lower Failand
Failand is located in Somerset
Failand shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST525715
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS8
Dialling code 01275
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°26′21″N 2°41′26″W / 51.4392°N 2.6905°W / 51.4392; -2.6905Coordinates: 51°26′21″N 2°41′26″W / 51.4392°N 2.6905°W / 51.4392; -2.6905

Failand is a village in Somerset, England. It lies within the civil parish of Wraxall and Failand and the unitary authority area of North Somerset.

It is home to a post office with general store, a pub (The Failand Inn), an observatory and a church. A drama group, the Failand Drama Circle, operates out of the village hall.

The village has two separate parts. Failand itself is on the B3128 Bristol to Clevedon road, and is the newer and larger part. Lower Failand, a mile away, is the original village (shown as Fayland on old maps). Lower Failand can be reached by single track lanes only.


Mulberry farm, Lower Failand

Tyntesfield is a gothic house and estate recently acquired by the National Trust after a national fund-raising campaign. It is still being restored, but is open to visitors.[1] It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.[2] The entrance is just West of Failand on the B3128.

The Anglican parish church of St Bartholomew in Lower Failand was built in 1883-1887 by E. W. Barnes of Bristol.[3]


Richard Long, the Turner Prize winning Land Artist is a longtime resident of Lower Failand. Roger Fry, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group, grew up in Lower Failand.


Despite being a rural village, Failand is very close to Bristol, and Clifton in particular. Clifton village is only 5 minutes drive from Failand, via Clifton Suspension Bridge. Public transport is very limited. The X6 bus runs to Bristol city centre every half-hour, but there is no service in the evenings or on Sundays. There are no public transport links at all to Clifton. Lower Failand is on the National Cycle Network. Route 334 provides links to Clifton in one direction, and Portbury and Portishead in the other, linking to routes North and South.


Failand is home to the playing fields of several Bristol schools, most notably Bristol Grammar School, Bristol Cathedral School, Clifton College, and Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (QEH), whose facilities were formerly used by Bristol Rovers F.C. as their training ground. It is also home to the playing fields of the Old Bristolians Society.

Failand has its own cricket club, Failand & Portbury C.C., who play on Horse Race Lane in Lower Failand.

There are two golf clubs in Failand, namely Bristol & Clifton Golf Club and Long Ashton Golf Club.


  1. ^ Siddique, Haroon (2008-08-05). "Bombs, bears and a carved coconut: inside a neo-Gothic treasure trove". The Guardian. p. 8. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Tyntesfield". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  3. ^ "St Bartholomew's Church". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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