The Fake Castle in Bath
The Fake Castle in Bath

The Fake Castle in Bath

Don’t be fooled by this fake medieval façade even if it is almost 300 years old. The perfectly named stone edifice was originally built to improve the view from a wealthy postmaster’s nearby estate. The towering wall was erected in 1762 using stones from some quarries located in nearby Bath that the postmaster had also purchased, allowing the fake castle to pull double duty as an advertisement for the quality of the local rock as well.

Where is the fake castle in Bath ?

Located on a real (not mini) golf course, Sham Castle is, exactly as the title suggests. Just a wall meant to look like the entrance to a grand medieval fortress but is closer to an 18th-century version of a Hollywood backlot.

While it is called a “castle,” the façade is simply a single wall with ornate windows and iconic medieval towers on the front side. The backside of the wall is almost hilariously blank as the sham was clearly only built to be seen from one side. Travellers from central Bath can follow a trail from the end of Sham Castle Lane. be sure to snap away and tell your friends you visited a “real” castle

  • Perfect for anyone aged 18 to 78!
  • Online viewing experiences available
  • Located 6 minutes outside of Bath
  • Great walking path
  • Dogs are welcome

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