A 13th Century Castle steeped in history

Piracy & Smuggling

The original Castle building was built in the 13th century to protect the Moubray family from their enemies. It reputedly became a base for piracy and smuggling.

A Victorian Prime Minister

In 1881 Barnbougle was rebuilt by the Victorian Prime Minister, the 5th Earl of Rosebery, as a retreat for study and contemplation. The Castle became a vast study-tower, with six libraries and a single bedroom.

The glorious barrel-vaulted Banqueting Hall is where the 5th Earl practised speeches. Some of the brightest Victorian minds gathered in this spectacular space for conversation and lively debate.

Iconic time-capsule

The Castle offers a fascinating insight into days gone by. This iconic time capsule contains many of the original furnishings and ancestral portraits.

So strong was the 5th Earl’s spirit in Barnbougle that after his death it was simply closed up and preserved for 90 years, as if he had just walked out.

The present

Barnbougle Castle has recently undergone a major renovation but we felt it was vital to leave its spirit untouched. Many of the furnishings and antiques remain as the 5th Earl left them. By holding your special occasion here, you share in this rich and varied history.

Read more about the history of Barnbougle Castle here...