English Heritage: Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Farleigh Hungerford
- Telephone 01225 754026
- Admission Adult £4.70; concession £4.20; ages 5–15 £2.80; Family (two adults and up to three children) £12.20.
- Website www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/…
The magnificent castle was begun in 1377 by Thomas Hungerford, the first person recorded as having been Speaker of the House of Commons, and is full of attractions. Thomas and his second wife Joan are buried here, and their carved effigies are on their tomb, while the crypt contains human-shaped lead coffins containing further embalmed members of the family; evidently the Hungerford's preferred burial method was 'self-canning'. The Priest's House contains an exhibition on the castle's long history, and the extensive grounds provide a good spot for a picnic.
There's parking for about 30 cars. Bus access is from routes Libra 94 and Frome Minibuses X96 from Trowbridge, but expect a 1.5 mile walk. The nearest rail stations are Avoncliffe and Trowbridge.
- Provides: Wheelchair access