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“Ruined Castle”

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 31 July 2017 via mobile

Ruined, almost flattened, but romantic castle. Originally a family home rather than garrison. Easily understood and well presented layout. Excellent exhibition and artefacts in Priests House. Must see church which is family mausoleum including crypt with complete lead coffins. Good toilets, but don't be fooled by "refreshments" mentioned in English Heritage handbook; it's a coffee machine in the corner of the shop!

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

The ruins of the castle, the church and the crypt are a fascinating step back in time. The audio tour and information boards around the site provide an informative insight into the history of the families and politics of the middle ages onward. Friendly staff, and an uncrowded, expansive site. Well worth the price of admission.

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Another English Heritage property with pleasant helpful staff. Originally built in the 14thC as a fortress, it became a luxurious mansion in the 17thC. While some of this change in use requires imagination now, the EH guide is a good one and there is sufficient left of the buildings to allow one to see what had once been,
after entering the Outer Ward through an impressive twin towered East Gate House. The inner courtyard comprises the main part of the castle and is entered through the foundations of a Barbican from which can be seen the remains of the round towers at each corner. The castle was the home of the Hungerford family, who had a chequered history, and who lived in it for over 300 years finally succumbing to bankrupcy. The best preserved parts were the Chapel with its Crypt and the Priest House which had several interesting exhibits. The Chapel had some ancient tombs and wall paintings which were of interest also.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Whilst not a Traditional Castle, Spend some time steping back into History to around the late 1300's onwards into this Very Well Documentated and easy to follow Castle Plan, supported by the Tourist Guide Book.Well worth the visit as a stop over. Suggest combine with a visit to Bradford on Avon & Canal nearby.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

As new English Heritage members we are starting with local sites and this castle is a good place to start! It's actually not much to enter for non members either and is tucked away and surprisingly quiet. You can have audio headphones (free) to find out the history. As you walk round the ruins you become aware how enormous this castle once was. Immaculate grounds and views over the countryside. Plenty of information if you don't want the audio.
Lots of spots for a picnic on a sunny day and room for children to play.
Small shop at the ticket office which sells ice cream ! Very friendly staff. Toilet facilities and a small museum type display opposite them in a building.
Definitely worth a visit. You can almost feel the history as you wander around.

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