Hemyock Castle is a privately-owned residential site, usually opened to the public on Bank Holiday Mondays between Easter and September. It comprises the remains of a rare, moated, late 14th-century castle surrounding a much older manor house.
During the civil war in England, Hemyock Castle was garrisoned by the Parliamentarians. It was used as a prison and a base for the collection of taxes to fund the Parliamentary forces. The Royalists attacked twice, eventually besieging and capturing the Castle. After Charles II was restored to the throne, Hemyock Castle was destroyed. Subsequently the site evolved to become a farm and, later, a private home.
Although situated in the heart of Hemyock village, the Castle is screened by trees and walls, so surprisingly little can be seen from the road. However, on open days visitors can view the substantial remains of Hemyock Castle’s towers, walls, moat, grounds, and see the interpretation centre, displays of pottery sherds, archaeology and history.
Most of the site is fairly level, so is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. There no toilets on site but there are public toilets nearby in Hemyock village (including accessible toilets).
Open days for 2019
(Please see Hemyock Castle website for any last minute changes)
22 April 2019: Easter Monday, 2pm to 5pm
6 May 2019: Bank Holiday Monday, 2pm to 5pm
27 May 2019: Bank Holiday Monday, 2pm to 5pm
26 August 2019: Bank Holiday Monday, 2pm to 5pm
15 September 2019: Heritage Open Day, 2 to 5pm (special free entry for Heritage Open Day)
Entry prices for 2019
Note. Special free entry on Heritage Open Day