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Best Castles and Palaces In Somerset and Bristol

We've rounded up the best castles and palaces in Somerset and Bristol in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 19 Somerset and Bristol castles and palaces to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including museums and art galleries, or tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the castles and palaces we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Ceiling of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

  • Wells
  • Indoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Wells Cathedral is a living community of prayer and hospitality that also welcomes visitors of all ages and denominations to come and explore some fa...

People playing croquet at The Bishops Palace in Wells

The Bishop's Palace

  • Wells
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Looking for a great day out? Head down to The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells, where you’ll feel like royalty for the day! Stroll through the RH...

Ruins of Nunney Castle

Nunney Castle

  • Nunney
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Nunney Castle is a striking and picturesque moated castle, wich was built in the 1370s. Bring your little knights and princesses here to explore the...

Outside view of Blaise Castle and Play Area in Bristol

Blaise Castle and Play Area

  • Bristol
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Blaise Castle and Play Area is a pretty magnificent park: 650 acre Grade II listed and Green Flag awarded. The play area is pretty special too, with...

Aerial view of Farleigh Hungerford Castle in Bath

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

  • Bath
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens that was occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family and today the...

Outside view of Dunster Castle in Minehead

Dunster Castle

  • Minehead
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Discover the hidden wonders of Dunster Castle, the beautiful building dating back hundreds of years. Come explore the Trail of Tales or simply stroll...

Outside view of Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle4.333333333333333 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

For over 2,000 years Cardiff Castle has housed the Romans, the Normans, right up to the Victorians and the local community during WWII airstrikes. To...

Entrance sign to Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle

  • Caldicot
  • Indoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Visit Caldicot Castle in its beautiful setting of tranquil gardens and a wooded country park. Find out about its past with an audio tour, explore the...

Outside view of Castell Coch in Cardiff

Castell Coch

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by un...

Aerial view of Old Wardour Castle in Salisbury

Old Wardour Castle

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Come and explore Old Wardour Castle! An audio tour, which is thoughtfully included in the ticket price, tells of Old Wardour's eventful past and the...

Families watch circus performer at Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Caerphilly
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Caerphilly Castle is this 'slumbering giant' dominates the skyline over Caerphilly, wonderful for getting little imaginations going and so dramatical...

Outside view of Tiverton Castle

Tiverton Castle

  • Tiverton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Tiverton Castle is a wonderfully atmospheric castle to visit, with a 3 acre garden to explore, and plenty for the whole family to see and do. You can...

Chepstow Castle (Image credit: Chepstow Castle Facebook)

Chepstow Castle

  • Chepstow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Fancy becoming a brave knight for the day? Head over to Chepstow Castle in Chepstow, a fantastic castle that’s been standing for more than 6 centurie...

Outside view of Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

  • Berkeley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Berkeley Castle is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortr...

Outside view of Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Treharris

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

  • Treharris
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Llancaiach Fawr Manor stands proudly, as it has done since c1550, overlooking the Glamorgan Uplands and the same sorts of footsteps still echo in it'...

Outside view of Portland Castle in Isle of Portland

Portland Castle

  • Isle Of Portland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The history of this fortress overlooking Portland harbour is fascinating and diverse. Enjoy some stunning sea views from the historic gun platforms a...

Outside view of Powderham Castle in Exeter

Powderham Castle4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Exeter
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Powderham Castle is packed with medieval intrigue, cute creatures and play all day, every day! Begin with a guided tour of the castle which run at re...

Ruins of Abergavenny Castle & Museum

Abergavenny Castle & Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Abergavenny
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The charming and welcoming Abergavenny Museum is set within the grounds of an atmospheric 'ruined' Norman Castle, where you and the kids can enjoy a...

Kids fighting as knights at Corfe Castle in Wareham

Corfe Castle

  • Wareham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Come and visit a 1,000 year old castle that's been shaped by warfare! One of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the Civil War, visitors...

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