Fonmon Castle

Fonmon Medieval 1140 x 500


  • Categories: Castles, Churches and Heritage, Other, Country Parks and Green Spaces
  • Age Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
  • Topics: Knowledge and understanding of the world, Language, literacy and communication skills, Personal and social development, well,being and cultural diversity
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All about Fonmon Castle

Fonmon Castle is set in 340 acres of woodland that encompasses a 12th century grade I listed Norman castle, (one of only a few castle’s still used as a residential home in Wales), a nature trail, forest school, dino park and a reconstructed medieval village and grange. The grounds accommodate a variety of habitats within its woods, ponds and brooks including a unique semi tidal section South of the Kenson Valley with a saltmarsh creating a rare eco system. 

Historical Educational Experience

We offer daily historical talks and tours both inside the castle and around the medieval village where children can interact with animals in the farm and learn all about history of this medieval period and how a farm would have looked, smelt and felt like. Children can learn about the how the farm grew and made use of its own home-grown vegetables, livestock and what a typical day in the life of would be like in this era.

Children will be at the centre of an interactive learning experience that uses all senses to truly make an impact on their ability to remember key events in the history timeline. 

Live re-enactments and storytelling from Ross O’ Hennessy, who formerly played ‘The Reeve’ in the Medieval Village at Comeston Lakes Country Park.  Ross and his team will enthral children and engage them in the full experience of life in the medieval village including learning skills and interesting facts about bread making and creating wax candles.

Throughout the year we will be hosting family fun weekends with live re-enactments and jousting.   Please visit our website for further details of upcoming events.

On-site facilities

Indoor and outdoor toilet and café facilities with seating and picnic areas.   

Activities will be staff led with support from teachers and equipment can be arranged upon request.

Fonmon provides ample bus and car parking with easy links to Barry, Llantwit Major, St. Athan and Culverhouse Cross.

We offer both indoor and outdoor interactive learning experiences and are available to help create a school trip to engage your pupils whilst providing education in a fun way to deliver the curriculum key stages.

Please get in touch with the team at the Castle for more information or to make a booking.