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Fonmon Castle

Fonmon Castle

The Creeper clad castle in Autumn

Details

Fonmon is one of the few medieval castles which is still lived in as a home. It was built by the St. John family in the early 13th century and has changed hands twice.

Although most of the present castle dates from the post-medieval period, the rectangular keep was built c.1200 and is still the core of the castle. In later centuries the castle was enlarged by adding wings to the medieval keep accompanied by stunning Georgian interiors.

The castle has many splendid areas open to visitors including the gardens. Fonmon Estate sits on 350 acres and the current owners are committed to enhancing South Wales by providing an interactive, outdoor and fun environment.

Visitors to Fonmon Castle and Estate can experience a Dinosaur Experience, reconstructed Medieval Working Farm, Lost Victorian Gardens, an interactive Story Telling Adventure, Woodland Walks, Children’s Playgrounds, Themed Gardens and a host of On-Site costumed staff.

Visitors can interact in Welsh and English and all staff are keen to impart their wealth of local knowledge. Fonmon Castle welcomes research tours and educational groups at almost any time but these need to be arranged prior to the visit.

The Castle can host private parties and dinners, corporate away days or training sessions, company celebrations and due to the fact that it is a still a private home, guests are always assured of a warm and personal welcome with flexible solutions to serve any occasion.

To book a group tour or for any further information please contact the castle office on 01446 710206 or email info@fonmoncastle.com

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

The Castle is available throughout the year, but times and conditions for visiting vary.
From April to September inclusive, anyone can visit without booking on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. The gardens and grounds are open free of charge from 12:00 to 17:00 (last entrance at 16:00)
There are guided tours of the castle itself on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00 for which there is a charge of £6 per head for all over the age of 14.
All other visits are by appointment only

Prices

Access to Grounds and Gardens are free of charge.
Guided Tours: £6.00 per person over 14.

Contact

The Estate Manager - Casey Govier

Address

Fonmon,
Barry,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF62 3ZN

Directions

Plan route to Fonmon Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 047680  Lat: 51.40299 Long: -3.37140

Warning – Using SatNav to approach Fonmon can cause problems. We have a unique postcode which does not ‘link’ to a public highway. Hence you may be told ‘you have arrived’ when you are anywhere up to ½ mile away…..

From Junction 33 of the M4 follow A4232 towards Cardiff.
At the first major intersection take A4050 following signs to Cardiff Airport. (The A4050 becomes A4226 north of Barry.)
Bypass the airport to the north following A4226/B4265 towards Llantwit Major.
Do NOT take 1st left, which is signposted Fonmon (the village), but continue under bridge for another two thirds of a mile.
Follow brown tourism signs, firstly left towards Rhoose and East Aberthaw.
Then, 100 yards beyond the top of the small hill, turn left again into Castle Road.
Go over traffic lights and our lodges are at the end of Castle Road, with the gates on the left.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ACCESS THE CASTLE VIA FONMON VILLAGE

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Rhoose station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesHigh chairs for children