Things to do at Farleigh Hungerford Castle review
Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a picturesque ruined castle set in a valley of the River Frome just a few miles drive from Bath in Somerset. The first stage of the castle was built in the late 14th century with the second phase later after that. It survived major damage during the English Civil War although the site is today largely ruined.
The castle was occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family and their sometimes gruesome stories are told through graphic panels and a free audio tour. There are many hidden treasures including a chapel with rare medieval wall paintings and family tombs. If you are brave enough to go into the crypt you will find in there the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain. These still contain the embalmed remains of four men, two women and two children thought to be members of the Hungerford family. Try and spot the faces moulded onto them.
In the Priest’s house, you can see an exhibition detailing the history of the castle with displays of Hungerford armour, a model of the castle and finds from the castle. There are also two towers that you can explore and extensive grounds laid to grass including a walled garden. There are child-friendly activities dotted around the site and activity sheets during special events and school holidays.
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FAQ and Further Information Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a vending machine serving hot and cold food and snacks. You are welcome to bring a picnic. There are local pubs and shops nearby.
What are the main things to do?
Large ruined castle with a sinister past, there are tombs, towers and an audio tour. There are toilets, drinks and snacks.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £5.90 without donation, children 5-17 £3.50. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking for about 30 cars with overflow parking nearby. The car park is free for visitors to the site.
When are they open?
Farleigh Hungerford Castle is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs are permitted throughout.
Are they accessible?