This is a strong contender for the prettiest (and friendliest!) market town along our line, full of lively independent shops and great places to eat. Lovely, honey coloured stone buildings include the unique Market House with its Museum of Domestic and Country Life, together with the Tourist Information Desk (run by knowledgeable locals on a voluntary basis). Behind the Market House is the rare Round House lock-up, constructed in 1779, and one of only four such buildings in the country.
On Tuesdays, local producers gather for an absolute gem of a market with the freshest imaginable food from small, passionate local businesses, in a friendly, intimate setting. With the Macmillan Way, Monarch’s Way and the Leyland Trail all passing through the town, this is also a great starting point for walking into beautiful countryside.
Right beside the station is The Factory, an exciting new venue for antiques, food, fashion and wine – find more details beside the photos below.
Members of the Castle Cary community have way-marked a lovely walking route of just under a mile from the station to the town, taking you through pretty lanes and green spaces to the lively centre of Castle Cary. The route goes via St Andrew’s Church, where Parson James Woodforde, the famous diarist of rural life, once preached. The Old Parsonage where he was born is close by.
The Factory has recently transformed the old creamery beside the station into a beautiful space for top class antiques, unique lighting, collectibles and period furniture. It is also developing as an exciting destination for fashion and pop up restaurant events in the evening. usually quite well timed for Heart of Wessex trains!
Also at the station
The Factory is also an exciting new destination for wine lovers. The Somerset Wine Company is run by two young wine professionals who lovingly select their wines from international small producers, as well as local real ales, spirits and ciders. Camilla and George also run special tasting events that you could enjoy to the full by taking the train! Get latest news on facebook
Photo by George Zsiga
Castle Cary: a honey coloured town
Beautiful architecture created from the local limestone, combined with a unique range of independent shops and great places to eat, give this town its very special character.
The lovely Market House, home of the museum and the tourist information desk, with the Tuesday market underway
Local producers gather in the Undercroft creating a great atmosphere at this friendly market
A view of the historic George Inn from one of the town’s great gift, art and craft shops
Bailey Hill books mixes new and old books in a unique way, and positively encourages you to laze around perusing them with a cup of tea or coffee
There are some great places to eat in this friendly town