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“Our First Castle Ruins!”

Farleigh Hungerford Castle
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Owner description: In a beautiful valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset and only nine miles from Bath, stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Started in the 14th century, it still has much for visitors to enjoy and provides a great day out for families with children, couples and even walkers enjoying the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This place was really great. Unfortunately we arrived before they opened and had to continue on to Bath. A farmer stopped by and told us we can just walk on the path and in. We did and it was marvelous. This was our first ruins as it was our first day out of London and it was amazing.

Thank KatherineNoel
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

There is so much to see at Farleigh Castle, which towers forbiddingly over the village. Run by English Heritage the history of a bygone era can be rediscovered. Jousting and mock battles are sometimes enacted there too

Thank Rutti
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

This castle is well worth a visit. If you take the headphones it adds to the info & the stories about the residents are interesting.

Thank sajackie54
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Had been meaning to visit for a long time, having driven past on several occasions. The audio tour was excellent and very informative. Would definitely recommend it.

Thank chipwilt19
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

I treated myself to English Heritage membership for the holidays and we set off for Farleigh Hungerford Castle one sunny Thursday morning. What a gem! A fun drive along pretty lanes, then a sharp left into the castle grounds. You have to drive right through the castle to get to the car park, before making your way right back to the gatehouse to pay/ show your card and pick up the audio guides.

The audio guide was informative and entertaining. I missed out one of the passages and was somewhat startled when the next narration began, “You will remember Agnes, who had her husband burned in the oven.” Gripping stuff. The crypt contains lead coffins with sculpted faces (and it smells a bit funny, which adds to the atmosphere down there) and the chapel and various other parts of the site are wheelchair-accessible, along with the loos.

Three children and I enjoyed a couple of hours exploring, climbing around, picnicking and playing catch, and it was thoroughly good fun. The views are wonderful, there are buzzards wheeling in the skies overhead, and the jackdaws are as chatty as always. See if you can find the tree full of woodlice.


I highly recommend Farleigh Hungerford Castle if you have half a day spare. If you forget a picnic there’s a pub just along the road (The Hungerford Arms). If you want to make more of a day of it, there is a church in the village and a river swimming club. Stony Littleton Long Barrow is around 7 miles away if you fancy some older history, and Freshford, where The Titfield Thunderbolt was filmed, is even closer.

Thank T1m0te1
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