The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth

Castle Cary

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.

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