Astley Castle Open Days

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Friday 12 toMonday 15 September 2014, 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10am to 1pm

Queen Anne's Summerhouse is an early eighteenth-century brick-built folly

The ancient moated site of Astley Castle holds unequivocally modern living accommodation clasped within the shell of the Castle. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the huge living room and kitchen look out over Astley’s former collegiate church and into beautiful internal courts formed by ruined spaces.

Come and explore the new accommodation hidden within the ruined walls and the new knot garden and find out more about its history through our footpath trails, history sheets and exhibition.

Scenes of Country Life

George Eliot, who grew up on the estate around Astley Castle, captured the social and political changes of the 19th century in her writing.  Discover how the Nuneaton and Bedworth area inspired her, the changing rural patterns, her legacy and her place in contemporary literary culture. Events will include performance extracts from Silas Marner by Bethany Dyson Academy of Performing Arts, conservation in action with local Venture Scouts, craft demonstrations, ferret racing, artefacts and experts from Nuneaton Museum and the George Eliot Fellowship.  

Warwickshire Geology Conservation Group will be present on Sunday, giving guided walks and Tunnel Brewery will be around all weekend.

Admission on these Open Days is free and leaflets are provided detailing the building's history. For more details view our map for the property or see ​directions​. Should you need any further information please contact the Booking Office. The Booking Office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm