In order to know the history of Casa Tait, you must also know something about William Tait. Also known as Quinta do Meio, it was purchased in 1900 by a British citizen named William Tait
As a Port Wine merchant, William Tait was the owner of a huge fortune. He devoted himself to the study of fauna and flora, and he even introduced some vegetable species in Portugal. He was the author of ‘Birds of Portugal’ (London, 1924), and he owned an extraordinary collection of bird eggs.
Muriel Tait succeeded William and sold Casa Tait to the Porto City Council, on the condition that it would become a public green space.
Consisting of gardens and a small grove, this is a space of rare beauty. Within its high walls, it retains the characteristic look of British expat’s villas. In the gardens you can admire roses, camellias and the majestic ‘Liriodendrum Tulipifera’, as well as panoramic views of the Douro River estuary.
The venue is used for temporary exhibitions, but its gardens are accessible for free. The City Council’s Museums and Cultural Heritage Department is hosted at Casa Tait, and until September 2008 the Numismatics Bureau was also located here.
This is definitely a place to visit if you enjoy nature, beautiful river views, and the sunshine!