Education Visitor Centre
The Education Visitor Centre provides the opportunity to see some of
the many artefacts recovered from the castle and the surrounding
grounds during excavations in the 1930's. Finds such as tiles from the
castle floor, plates and cutlery.
Also on display are finds
from the remains of a Saxon age village that lies buried between the Centre and the Castle.
The Education Visitor Centre also has many photographs and drawings of
the castle during excavation and the recent consolidation of the castle.
Entry tickets to the castle, along with brochures, books of the castle history and other momentos of your visit can be purchased from the Centre.
The Bagots Castle team extend their grateful thanks to Mike de Courcey Travel Ltd. for its sponsorship of the contruction of the Education Visitor Centre.
Summerhouse and Picnic Area
To the west of the castle lies the remains of a 19th Century summer house.
It was built by the Bromley family who owned the land on which the castle
Between the summer house and castle lies a flat grass field that was built
by the Bromleys and was probably laid out as tennis courts, croque lawn,
putting lawn or something similar. You can now enjoy a picnic on this lawn
during your visit to the castle.
Walk along the woodland paths that meander across the site and observe the local wildlife in its natural habitat.
The paths include a walk along the banks of the River Sowe and there are benches to sit and quietly take in the scenery.
During late April and early May the banks leading down from the castle to the river are carpeted by an extensive display of bluebells and paths take the visitor right through this display.
Another path from the Education Visitor Centre takes the visitor to two
ornamental ponds. Little is known about the ponds before the 19th Century,
although they may have been used by residents of the Saxon Village that
lies buried underneath the visitor path from the Education Visitor Centre to
The Saxon village has not been excavated, but a small number of artefacts have been found. Some of these can be seen in the Education Visitor Centre, and the area where the village lies buried can be seen by castle visitors.
WWII Tank Testing Area
In the 1930s and extending through World War II, armoured tanks were assembled in a factory close
to the castle site, and part of the castle grounds was used for testing tanks.
The test area includes earth humps, ditches and a water splash.These
features are still visible and are included in the castle entrance fee. The
testing area can be reached by signed path from the castle.
Little is known of the history of the tank testing area, and we would
welcome any information that any visitors to the castle may be able to
give us. Reminiscences of former Alvis employees who may have personal
experience of testing would be particularly welcome.
See us at the castle or contact us.
The Castle experience now includes three Bagot goats.
The Bagot goat is a rare breed, named after the Bagot family and is known to have existed continuously since the time of Sir William Bagot in the late 1300s.
We are fortunate to have these animals, which were born in early 2014 at the Cotswold Farm Park (Adam's Farm as featured on BBC Countryfile). The goats are inquisitve and friendly, allowing visitors to see them at close quarters.
The Castle has three Herdwick sheep. These sheep are the native breed of the central and western Lake District and live on the highest of England’s mountains. They are extremely hardy and are managed in the traditional way on the Lake District Fells that have been their home for generations.
The word “Herdwyck”, meaning sheep pasture, is recorded in documents going back to the 12th century. Herdwick sheep are the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep, grazing the central and western dales of the Lake District with fells running to over 3000 feet.
We have a children's trail at the castle - one for younger children and one for older children - set in 19 acres of pastureland.
This is an excellent way for children to learn about the history of the site and they will enjoy finding the cards with clues.
At the end of the trail they are rewarded with a small prize.
Normal entry fee applies but the cost of the trail is 50p per child.
If you would like to bring a group of children along please contact us
to arrange an appointment during the week