In this post, I’ll take you through a list of the 10 best historical sites and castles in Bath and its surrounding area. There’s a lot of history in the region, which makes Bath the perfect location to base yourself for a cultural trip to learn more about some of Britain’s greatest historical treasures.
The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to Roman times. There’s beautiful architecture to admire at almost every turn in Bath as well as some great historical sights to experience, both in the city and a little further afield.
10 Best Castles in Bath
If like me, you’re a bit of a history buff and love taking in some culture during your traveling adventures, Bath is the right place for you. England has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Its castles are perfect for today’s keen explorers as they are surprisingly well preserved – despite the monarchy, religion, and politics changing a lot over the centuries!
This list of 10 of the best historical sites and castles in Bath explores the majesty of centuries-old castles and churches, temples that helped form cities, and ancient monuments that are still not quite fully understood, even to this day.
1. Farleigh Hungerford Castle
(Most Famous Castle in Bath Overall)
One of the best castles in Bath, easily accessible from the city itself, is Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Dating back to 1377, the site features the two original castle towers, a chapel, and a crypt complete with 6 lead coffins. Large parts of the outer stone walls still remain to this day so it’s like glimpsing into a bygone era!
Visitors can enjoy extensive access to this, the oldest castle in Bath, 7 days a week. I opted for the audio guide and it was a great way to learn about the history of the site and to hear stories of the distinguished families that have lived there. The Hungerfords called the castle home for 300 years but went through several disasters and scandals. Hearing these tales really brought the visit to life.
You’ll also find a shop selling a range of English Heritage gifts including wines, jams, toys, souvenirs, gifts, and books. The picnic area within the walled garden is a wonderful spot to have lunch too. My husband and I did just this when we had finished exploring the grounds.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle Details and Information
Address: A366, Farleigh Hungerford, Bath BA2 7RS, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: 10 am…