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Newton St Loe Castle

Visited June 2022

Location Newton St Loe, Nr. Bath
Entrance Fee No 
Railway Station Nearby Bath Spa
Parking Yes
Facilities University Campus- restricted access
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Review

 

This is not really an official review as this castle has no official public access, so I am not encouraging anyone to take their kids here. However, the castle is on the campus of Bath Spa University, and we visited on one of their official open days as one our 'kids' is now the age when considering a move to higher education and was interested in the university. 

 

I have included it on this site purely for information and to show some of the pictures we took; it is a beautiful campus with not only a castle but a lake and loads of green space, and the castle building is in working order and is used for lectures.

 


 

 


 

Newton Castle was a fortified manor house built in the 14th century by the St.Loe family who had owned the lands since the Norman invasion. The castle keep dates from that time, and the gatehouse was added later in the 15th century. The land surrounding it was once a deer park.

 

The castle originally had four corner towers and was surrounded by walling and a ditch, but only the keep and gatehouse survive, along with the stables.

 

 


 

 


 

In 1761 work started on a new mansion at the site, which is today part of the university campus. Renowned landscape designer 'Capability' Brown was commissioned to landscape the park, and his design, with its lake, summer house and circular walk is still mostly intact today.

 

The estate was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall during the war, and was then leased to a college of higher education, which in turn became Bath Spa University. 

 

The gardens are beautifully managed and the circular walk around the lake is a real asset to the students on the campus. The university bills itself as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK and I can't find anything to disagree with that statement.

 

Just please wait until your children are old enough to join an official open day before you visit the castle!

 


 

 


 

More info:  Bath Spa University

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