Last Wednesday was my 23rd birthday (I can't believe how old I am!!) and as a special treat, my boyfried agreed to take me to Farleigh Hungerford to see the castle, because I'm a little bit addicted to castle's. Unfortunatley, as with everything in January apparently, It wasn't open weekdays so we had to postpone it to Sunday instead. It was a tiny bit gloomy but we didn't let that get to us and we pulled on our walking boots, wrapped up warm and set off.
The castle was kind of a bit more ... Ruined, than I had expected from the pictures on the website, not nearly as impressive as when we went to see Wardour castle, but it was still very pretty and the towers stood tall and proud. Unlike most English Heritage places we've visited, we recieved a free audio guide about the Hungerford family and I have to say it was pretty interesting. I'd done a bit of research before hand but I didn't realise the family history was that full of drama to be honest. Every generation seemed to be trying to kill each other off, locking people in towers and getting into political fights. Originally I was just going to snap some pictures and go by the information left on some of the boards dotted around, but honestly I'm glad I listened to it.
The grounds themselves were quite muddy because of the nights rain and a bit slippery, Matt slid a few times even though he was the one wearing actual walking boots, but I think the wet stones and misty sky added to the atmosphere. The towers were definitely my favourite part as they were the two parts that had survived the most. It was so strange to think that at one point people had actually been living and working in them.
Finally, the Chapel was our last stop and it was probably the most impressive because not only was it perfectly preserved, but the artwork inside that had survived was beautiful. The two tombs containing members of the Farleigh Hungerford family were incredible and the craftmen ship taken to carve them, considering how long ago they were made was really quite amazing. It was so strange to think that there were actual people inside those graves and that they used to live in the castle grounds we'd been wondering around in for the past few hours.
If you want me to do a post about our trip to Wardour castle then don't be afraid to ask. Do you have any places you'd like to or are planning to visit? If not I would strongly recommend looking for any local English Heritage or National Trust near you. They're so interesting and such a good day out!