Sham Castle is a folly in Bathampton overlooking the city of Bath, Somerset, England. It is a Grade II* listed building. It is a screen wall with a central pointed arch flanked by two 3-storey circular turrets, which extend sideways to a 2-storey square tower at each end of the wall.See Sham Castle and all Bath has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bath route tool .
It was probably designed around 1755 by Sanderson Miller and built in 1762 by Richard James, master mason for Ralph Allen, "to improve the prospect" from Allen's town house in Bath.
Sham Castle is now illuminated at night.
Other 18th-century so-called "sham castles" exist at Hagley Hall, Clent Grove and Castle Hill, Filleigh.
Ralph Allen's nearby Prior Park Landscape Garden is home to the Sham Bridge. This structure is likewise a screen at the end of the Serpentine Lake which appears to be a bridge. Much like the Sham Castle, it dates from the mid-18th century.
Another nearby folly castle is that of Midford Castle. Sham Castle is one of three follies overlooking Bath, the others being Beckford's Tower and Brown's Folly.
Sham Castle Reviews
Beautiful views of the town Bath. All the castle is now is a front standing wall. There is a trail that leads to some kind of small structure. I don't know the history of this at all. However, it was a great place to visit for free. The road is very steep and a 1 Lane road with small cutouts if a car is coming. So drive safe!
It does what it says on the tin. It's a sham castle, so you'll be very disappointed of you want a real castle because this is just the front. Pretty funny and very Bath that they made a false Castle to look fancy though.
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