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donnae_b Aug 15th, 2003 08:29 PM

Castle in Bath?
Is there a Castle that you would recommend in Bath or very close by?

janis Aug 15th, 2003 09:41 PM

donnae-b - you keep asking about castles. Do you actually mean "Castles" or do you mean stately homes and palaces?

Castles were built for defense and there aren't many near Bath. The only one close to Bath that I can think of is Farliegh Hungerford which is outside Trowbridge. It is an interesting ruin with a chapel.

SusieQQ Aug 16th, 2003 02:42 AM

Berkeley Castle isn't far from Bath. It is a real castle with a dark history.

jody Aug 16th, 2003 03:01 AM

Even a little closer than Berkeley would be Corfe Castle..about 65 miles..
And I love the town itself

jody Aug 16th, 2003 03:05 AM

If a stately Home would suffice, try Lacock Abbey, built around a medieval abbey and cloister. It's only about 15 miles from Bath

Steve_James Aug 16th, 2003 06:32 AM

Donna - One of the most picturesque in Somerset is NUNNEY CASTLE - about 15 miles south of Bath near Frome.

If you're looking for a stately home head for LONGLEAT HOUSE, home of Lord Bath - near Warminster.


jody Aug 16th, 2003 06:52 AM

HI Steve...

Nunney is one I've missed so I'm putting it on my list for our Spring trip to Dorset!!

Steve_James Aug 18th, 2003 02:28 AM

Hi Jody - It's only a small one - but very photogenic.

Nunney is an attractive little village, - home of the captain of the QE2. The village pub is nice too!


jody Aug 18th, 2003 02:34 AM

Hi yourself, Steve..

The spring trip just got postponed till Fall..Italy is calling my name for early spring now!

Steve_James Aug 18th, 2003 02:41 AM

Dorset or Italy? Hmmm - close call ... NOT!

Italy calling my name too ;)
- and I was only there last month ...

Bitter Aug 18th, 2003 06:31 AM

Isn't there a fake castle (or facade) on a hill visible from Bath? Anyone remember its name and the story behind it? Thx.

Steve_James Aug 19th, 2003 01:21 AM

You mean Ralph Allen's folly or sham castle. Here it is:


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