Guide to Castle Cary

The Home of Hadspen Glamping

A Guide to Castle Cary

When you stay in Castle Cary the beautiful historic market town is the welcoming place we call home, here at Hadspen Glamping. When you visit us, you’ll quickly realise why we love the countryside community.

In just a 5-minute drive into the main town of Castle Cary, guests and visitors can peruse the quaint country shops and amenities. We’ve put together this concise guide to the majority of shops and attractions in Castle Cary for all guests and visitors to the area.

Places to Eat

Market Place, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH | 01963 350761

Monday – Sunday 07:00 am to 11:00 pm – Specific dining timings

Stemming from the 15th century, this picturesque Inn is a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors to Castle Cary. Vegan and children’s menus available. Dining times are set throughout the day, so booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

4 Fore St, Castle Cary BA7 7BQ | 01963 350077

Monday – Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

A family-run local pub with a great variety of ales and wines, as well as quality pub meals. Family-friendly with a beer garden and pool table.

Market Pl, Castle Cary BA7 7AG | 01963 351985

Monday – Saturday 09:00 am to 5:00 pm

A quaint coffee shop in Castle Cary high street, perfect for light bites and sweet treats, including breakfast from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

Fore St, Castle Cary BA7 7BG | 01963 359013

Monday – Friday 08:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 08:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday: Closed

An independent bakery that provides locally sourced and produced baked items and sweet treats. Takeaway options available.

15 Fore St, Castle Cary BA7 7BG | 01963 350779

Monday – Saturday 08:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday: Closed

Take-out bakery serving baked goods, sweet treats and sandwiches.

3 Ashby Place, Castle Cary, BA7 7BE

Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Monday & Sunday: Closed.

Chinese and Fish & Chips Takeaway.

4 Fore Street, Castle Cary, BA7 7BQ | 01963 359666

Monday – Sunday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Off-Grid Sustainable Luxury Glamping

We’re proud of the fact that our Glamping accommodation in Somerset is off-grid, providing all the modern conveniences and comforts you could wish for without utilising mains gas or electricity.

Our safari-style canvas lodges are lit with solar power and heated with sustainable wood fired stoves and LPG gas.

If you’re coming from London we can offer you a car-free holiday, with Castle Cary station pick ups and drop offs – and we’ve got bicycles for you to use to explore the local area.

Escape the city, relax and recharge your batteries in the lap of eco-friendly luxury

Places to Shop

Market Pl, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

1st Saturday of the month from March to September

A bristling vintage market in the heart of the town’s Market House. Full of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture, toys, live music, and more. Dog friendly with homemade refreshments available.

Fore St, Castle Cary BA7 7BG | 01963 350917

Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday: Closed

A beautiful independent bookshop that supports independent publishers as well as the ones you know and love. Bailey Hill Bookshop is welcome to all ages, including well behaved-dogs.

The Triangle, Castle Cary BA7 7BD | 01963 359159

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 09:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 09:00 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesday & Sunday: Closed

Low waste shop for the environmentally conscious customer in Castle Cary, selling local produce with recyclable or minimal packaging.

7 High St, Castle Cary BA7 7AN | 01963 351352

Monday – Saturday 09:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday: Closed

A beautiful independent shop in Castle Cary, specialising in eclectic interior décor and bespoke curtains, blinds, and upholstery. Find the perfect knick-knack to suit your personality. Needful Things also sell a curated range of ladies clothing.

Places to See

Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AA

This historic relic of days gone by can be seen in the high street of Castle Cary with The Round House lock-up. It is a Grade II listed building built in 1779, with cited references to locking up children truanting from school and breaking the sabbath. Single cell lock ups such as these are also notorious for locking up town nuisances.

1st Floor, Market House, Market Pl, Castle Cary BA7 7AH | 01963 350680

9th April 2023 to 29th October 2023 (TBC)

Castle Cary Museum, located in the equally historic Market House, shows a rich history of the town with fantastic exhibitions. One of the museum’s key exhibitions is the history of Douglas Macmillan, the founder of the remarkable charity Macmillan cancer Support. Alongside Douglas Macmillan, the museum holds a large collection of domestic and agricultural primary sources found from archaeological digs over the years.


1 Fore Street, Castle Cary, BA7 7BG | 01963 350482

Monday – Sunday 07:00 am to 10:00 pm

Mini-mart with newspapers, milk, bread, groceries, tobacco.

1 High St, Castle Cary BA7 7AN | 07770 392041

Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00pm, Sunday & Monday: Closed

Traditional artisan butchers with a proud history. They are well known for Salt Marsh Lamb & Mutton, dry aged Red Ruby Beef and Mangalitsa Pork.

Fore Street, Somerset, Castle Cary, BA7 7BG | 01963 350263

Monday – Friday 09:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 09:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday: Closed

Pharmacy and over-the-counter medications, toiletries and cosmetics.

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