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Welcome to Hemyock Castle

Long an important historic centre, today Hemyock Castle offers a warm welcome for Visitors, Schools, and Groups. The privately owned site is a scheduled Ancient Monument, opened to the public on Bank Holiday Mondays (2 to 5 pm) between Easter and September. Schools and groups are welcome to arrange special visits.

Although situated in the heart of Hemyock village, the castle site is screened by trees and walls so surprisingly little can be seen from the road. The whole site is enclosed by substantial walls, fences and gates.


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Hemyock Castle is set in the Culm Valley amongst the now tranquil Blackdown Hills in Devon England, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles from the M5 Motorway and Taunton.

Within the Castle grounds, there are four comfortable cottages for let, unfurnished. Each cottage has been carefully converted and modernized, preserving its original character and charm.

Good road links make this an excellent touring centre for Devon, Exmoor and Dartmoor. There is a wide variety of facilities and attractions, locally and within easy travelling distance, to interest a wide range of tastes; Whatever the weather.


Bicentenary of Britain's 1807 Anti-Slavery Law.

General Simcoe's and Canada's Role.

During 2007, there were many commemorations of Britain's 1807 law which outlawed the trans-Atlantic slave trade. However, Canada's vital role as a safe haven for escaped slaves is now less well known: Read more about Canada's 1793 abolition of slavery.


Tsunami, Sri Lanka, 26th December 2004: Prem's Village Fund.

Photo of Mrs. Prem presenting a section of new fishing net to a Sri Lankan Tsunami widow.

Many visitors to Hemyock Castle have met "Prem," staying at the Castle while studying at SCAT and Bridgwater College; working part-time at Musgrove Park NHS Hospital in Taunton.

Hambantota, her coastal region of southern Sri Lanka, was badly affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Many thousands of people were killed, fishing boats were smashed, houses and businesses wrecked, and fertile farming land was inundated with salty sea water.

Prem survived and moved to higher ground, looking after her family and some tourists. Since then, Prem has been working hard as a volunteer, using friends' generous donations very effectively to help the survivors to help themselves: Read more about Prem's Village Fund for Tsunami Relief.


Premlanka Hotel, Dickwella, Southern Sri Lanka.

Prem's new family-run small hotel is now open for visitors, offering friendly and relaxing comfort with fascinating excursions. Premlanka Hotel, Dickwella (or Dikwella) is set amongst coconut palm trees above a nice sandy beach. This is close to Dondra, Sri Lanka's southern tip, on the Indian Ocean.


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