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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.
Public opening times for individuals, families and groups of less than twelve are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between midday and 5pm.
Public guided tours are at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Last entrance to the garden is at 4pm.
Access to the garden and grounds is free
Tours of the Castle are £6.00 for adults, children (under 12) free
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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
: 2 miles from Rhoose station
- Coach parties accepted
- Facilities for groups
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Guided tours for groups