In the ground floor of the Market House is our Tourist and Community Information Desk, manned by a team of volunteers with extensive local knowledge, and open every weekday from 9.30am to 2pm (12.30pm in the winter months) and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Here you will find leaflets about Castle Cary, the surrounding area, and tourist attractions within about a 30 mile radius, accommodation information, bus and train timetables, and much more. While you are there you can look at our prison cell (complete with Oscar, our prisoner), the well, and the Shambles (the old meat market). You can also ring the Information Desk on 01963 351763 or email on [email protected]
Castle Cary has many other fine eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings, including houses and factories. There are several different walks around the town, some taking you past these sites of interest and some offering spectacular views of the town as a whole and of the countryside around, even across towards Glastonbury and the Levels. Pick up copies of the leaflets from the Tourist Office, or download them below:
Once one of the largest castles in twelfth-century England; sadly the stones have long since been removed, but behind the town, on the lower slopes of Lodge Hill, you can still see the remains of the motte and bailey and other earthworks.
One of the best-preserved examples of an old town lock-up in the country, built (or more probably re-built) in 1779. Located in Bailey Hill, behind the Market House; nearby you can also see the fine Eighteenth century house that’s now the Post Office.
Keys for the Round House are kept at the Information Point in The Market House, open weekday mornings.
Located in the historic nineteenth-century Market House in the centre of town, the museum has an extensive collection of agricultural and domestic artefacts, and displays of geological, archaeological and historical information. Open between April and October, Monday to Friday 10.30-12.30 and 2.00-4.00, Saturday 10.30-12.30; admission free (but donations always welcome). www.castlecarymuseum.org.uk.