Banwell Castle, Banwell 275

North Somerset, England

Brief Description

Banwell Castle is an elaborate Victorian sham castle, with battlemented gardens and terraces. The house is open for bed and breakfast, cream teas and meals.


The house was completed in 1848 for John Dyer Sympson. All the gardens are contemporary with the house.

Detailed Description

Situated in the Banwell Conservation area, the Grade II* Banwell Castle boasts battlemented gardens and terraces for an elaborate Victorian sham castle. The terrace leads to an ornamental dairy. An octagonal turret overlooks the garden. The garden walls feature decorative towers. There is a walled garden and a separate walled kitchen garden with a circular tower. All the above features are listed Grade II* (with the exception of the kitchen garden wall and tower which are listed Grade II) and are contemporary with the house.

Description checked by the Avon Gardens Trust 22/5/2012.

  • Sham Castle (featured building)
  • Description: The house was completed in 1848 for John Dyer Sympson.
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Access & Directions


The site is 3 miles from junction 21 on the M5, following the A371.

Civil Parish

  • Banwell

Detailed History

The Grade II* listed building was built for John Dyer Simpson in 1848. The gardens are contemporary with this date.


  • Victorian (1837-1901)


01793 445050

Official Website

Other websites


  • William and Hugh Parsons and Jean Desebrock

    Banwell Castle, BS29 6NX


  • Avon Gardens Trust