Just 9 miles from the city of Bath, in a peaceful valley lay the remains of the once-grand Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Now owned by the National Trust, the majestic ruins are still breathtaking and date back to the 14th century.
Set in spectacular countryside, the castle makes a lovely place for couples and families to visit – and there are some great walks in the area. There’s nothing better than a day out to a site with a vibrant history and impressive scenery, and Farleigh Hungerford has both. In its heyday, the castle was home to the prestigious Hungerford family, and generation after generation of them called it home for more than three centuries.
The ruin is brought to life with graphic interpretation panels which tell the story of the castle, and be warned, some of the stories are a little on the gory side! There’s also a free audio tour, so visitors can learn the history of Farleigh Hungerford as they explore. There’s an exhibition of objects that were discovered onsite in the Priest’s House, and don’t miss the medieval wall paintings still visible in the castle’s chapel.
For a Bath city centre hotel, visit the Royal Hotel – a stylish place to stay with a scenic location.