Fonmon Castle near Barry may be known for its dinosaur park, play areas and medieval village but it’s also a great place to relax and unwind. The castle’s new Relax at Fonmon offerings are perfect for older visitors or anyone seeking a chance to enjoy nature, art and old-fashioned tea and cakes.
Billed as “more than just a castle”, the magnificent house, parts of which date to Norman times, sits in picturesque, peaceful grounds. Visitors can explore the flower-filled walled garden, the pretty kitchen garden and track down the romantic hidden garden, which is known as Pen’s garden after a former owner.
The grounds also include a leafy Victorian ornamental garden with its own wishing well and ruined tea house, where you can follow a sculpture trail created by willow sculptor Chris Oakey. Afterwards you can return to the castle to take refreshments in the South Lawn Tea Room, or head to Antonio’s Food Court, located in a beautiful festival tent, for a bigger meal. Alternatively, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy your own spread on the tranquil South Lawn.
Fonmon Castle Special Projects Manager Catherine Taylor said:
“Our mission at Fonmon is to offer a wonderful day out for everyone, and the castle and grounds are an incredibly beautiful setting in which to unwind and enjoy life at a slower pace. Our new Relax at Fonmon offering helps you recharge with easy, picturesque walks, spend time in nature and enjoy some excellent refreshments – and if you come with kids, they can burn off some energy in the Dinosaur Park, Pirates Play Area, adventure playground, Medieval village, story trail and more.”