Castle Hotel, Devizes

New Park Street
SN10 1DS
01380 727981

The Castle was built in the late 18th century as a coaching inn, and it’s likely that it was used as a stopover on the route from Bath to London (photo 1). This new southerly turnpike route avoided the downs and for a while was more important than the older route to the north. The Castle, built with modern facilities to serve the coaching trade, probably took wealthier customers from the much older Bear, across the road.

The Castle is now a comfortable hotel with 18 bedrooms and serves good value meals throughout the week. It’s owned by Wadworths, whose brewery is just along the road, and serves four of their beers.

The inn sign shows the heavily turreted Devizes Castle which overlooks the town (photo 2). It was rebuilt in Victorian times on the site of a Norman castle, and is Grade I listed.

Behind the hotel is the 15th century church of St Mary, also Grade I listed.

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