A castle lost for hundreds of years - the original building is believed to have been constructed on the site in the 11th century, at the time of King Henry I.
The present castle is thought to have been built sometime in the 1380s by Sir William Bagot a distinguished nobleman of the time. He is thought to have entertained Richard II there. The castle subsequently passed through several hands and eventually became derelict in the 16th century.
The current site is set in 19 acres of pasture land and it is likely that it was originally motte fish ponds which have been restored as a nature habitat.
Artefacts and photographs from the excavation work carried out are on display in the Visitors' Centre along with the history of the site. Walk along to the ruins of the Castle and Summer house, visiting the Bagot goats and Herdwick sheep on your way then continue to stroll along the River Sowe and visit the fishponds. Picnic area with seating available. Also on site is the former tank testing area used by Alvis Motor Company for testing of military vehicles.
Friday 13 September: 1200-1630
Saturday 14 September: 1200-1630
Sunday 15 September: 1200-1630
Monday 16 September: 1200-1630
Tuesday 17 September: 1200-1630
Wednesday 18 September: 1200-1630
Thursday 19 September: 1200-1630
Friday 20 September: 1200-1630
Saturday 21 September: 1200-1630
Sunday 22 September: 1200-1630
No booking required
Please be aware of uneven surfaces along the grassland and that children are not allowed to climb the walls of the castle remains. Please also be aware that caution should always be taken when venturing off the pathway along the River Sowe and fishpond areas. Signs are in place.
Children's trails and activity packs available. Colouring competition.
Bagot's Castle is located at the end of Church Road, Baginton just past the church. Parking is available on the left of the entrance.