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Castle:Fonmon Castle & Estate Gardens at Fonmon Castle, Park & Gardens

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Fonmon Castle in the autumn

Fonmon Castle in the autumn

Details

Fonmon Castle is set on a private estate in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan and just 25 minutes from Cardiff and the M4, It was built by the St. John family in the early 12th century and has been a family home for over 800 years.

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.

Creeping vines cover ancient stone walls & trimmed hedges border ornate beds & exquisitely manicured lawns. Shady fern groves and a number of remarkable trees, some of which are associated with personal stories of past castle inhabitants.

Originally, the Castle was surrounded by outer defensive works that enclosed about 2.5 acres. As time passed and the need for defence faded, this enclosure was converted into the present flower gardens and fruit and vegetable growing areas.

Due to the steep ravine immediately to the East of the Castle, these spaces lie to the North, West and South of the main building. On the East, the Castle is backed by mature woodland mostly planted in the 19th or early 20th centuries.

There are extensive open spaces, some extending even beyond the original enclosure, almost all laid down to lawns which are superbly maintained by Head Gardener Alun Taylor and his team.

Further to the West is a large level area of some seventy acres formally known as the "Lord's Desmense". This is now maintained as close cropped pasture and used for a wide range of events and activities as well as for raising sheep.

DINOSAUR ADVENTURE
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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Address

Fonmon,
Barry,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF62 3ZN

Directions

Plan route to Fonmon Castle, Park and Gardens 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
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

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