Farleigh Hungerford Castle (English Heritage)
In a picturesque valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset and nine miles from Bath stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle.
Started in the 14th century it still has much for the visitor to enjoy and provides a great day out for families with children, couples and even walkers enjoying the beautiful surrounding countryside.
This fortified mansion was occupied for 300 years by the remarkable Hungerford family and today their intriguing, yet sometimes gruesome stories are told through graphic interpretation panels and a free audio tour.
There are many hidden treasures - the chapel with rare medieval wall paintings and family tombs
extensive displays in the Priestâ€™s house
and for those who are brave enough to enter the crypt, thereâ€™s the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain.
Castle or defences
1-31 Oct daily 11am-4.30pm, 1 Nov-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
- English Heritage
Living in a Medieval Castle Discovery Visit
Join this interactive tour to discover what life was like in a medieval castle. Through artefact investigation and role play, use your detective skills to find out who lived and worked in the castle.
How to obtain
Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 1 hour session, held every weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19477 for more information.